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CMS - Not just Obamacare

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services full-time

Pros

Your reaction to working for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services is likely to be highly individualized depending upon your work unit and manager(s), In general, managers attitude to employees is highly professional. Salaries are generally higher (and in some cases significantly higher) than that job's counterpart in private industry, employees are not expected to work more than 40 hours a week, and managers are not particularly demanding. There is a decent (if no longer spectacular) pension system with some (but limited) 401K matching. Vacation and sick leave is good (and gets better the longer you work there) and most jobs allow for compressed schedules and telecommuting up to two days a week. The quality of many jobs is often dependant on what you bring to the table and your work ethic. Most jobs are located in Baltimore. There are ten Regional Offices, but many of those jobs entail outreach or customer service. IT support is excellent

Cons

Token bonuses. Work is often assigned based upon the ability and willingness of the employee to perform it. There is very limited accountability of employees after an initial probationary period, so work is generally not equitably distributed. Many regional office jobs involve resolving problem cases. Obtaining a job, including entry level, generally requires experience in the industries being overseen.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

CMS has been the victim of a mass exodus of experienced and effective employees as they reach retirement age. While civil service rules limit the ability of CMS to hire those employees as consultants, CMS management needs to figure out ways to utilize that talent and knowledge. Many employees operate at a spectacular level, while others do as little as they can get away with. CMS management is hamstrung by existing civil service rules from dealing with mediocre performance, but needs to demand more from employees. The Affordable Care Act website fiasco was likely forseen and the result of White House demands, but CMS management did a poor job in selecting the website contractor and finalizing regulations on a timely basis.

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    Federal employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, lots to learn about, great place to get experience. As a federal job the salary is good for the work.

    Cons

    Often unrealistic deadlines, sometime the skills of the employees are misaligned with the work. Often there is a change of course mid work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Good place to learn about healthcare content, not a great place to hone your formal general management skills.

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Terrific access to healthcare content and subject matter experts especially if you can spend time in multiple parts of the agency. Many people who work there are very committed to improving healthcare and feel very strongly about the value of building our health system.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can really weigh you down. There are some perverse incentives in government. There are no financial incentives to market one's success. If anything just the opposite in that if anything, especially something as politicized as health programs, is perceived as being less than perfect it can draw intense criticism. In my opinion this inhibits the sharing and exchange of ideas at times and diminishes opportunities for improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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