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ATC

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Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Wichita, KS
Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Wichita, KS

I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Job security, extremely fun job, great salary, great union, and great benefits.

Cons

Training is long and stressful, hours are hard at times, you work all holidays, the job itself is stressful, rule changes from law makers who know nothing of what you do.

Advice to Management

Quit the knee-jerk reactions. Implement a "test period" to proposed rule changes instead of imposing them. If the rule change actually helps, put it in writing. More ambiguous rules leave room for more mistakes which cause more problems.

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  1. Do not even consider atc

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Money, benefits, frequent breaks, organized agency, you can become a supervisor if you are a horrible controller

    Cons

    Work life balance sucks, you'll never get weekends off unless you have 20 plus years experience, you have to chose leave a year in advance and its based on seniority, it's a macho based high school like environment,, limited career advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Grab a headset and work some traffic.

  2. Career in government that is often fast paced and full of change

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    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you are willing to relocate and work hard there are many opportunities to excel in the agency. The agency values people that love to work and put in hours both at the job site and at home.

    Many positions allow flexible schedules and 4 day work weeks (10 hour days) but mainly in the unionized positions.

    Plenty of training too, you will be overloaded with the amount of trianing required to have a technical job.

    Cons

    The agency focuses too much on metrics, and not enough on people. They fail to make the connection that treating people well will result in great metric performance. Sadly if you do not meet 100% of goals that are often not related to safety, you are still not up to their expectations. It causes undue stress and can lead to unethical behavior.

    The core comp pay system is an awful answer to the GS scale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the reverse discrimination that is ongoing, it affects morale over time.

    Restructure the pay system to attract talent and keep what you do have. The poor performers are the ones that do not strive to leave and accept the pay they have. Turn-over is high and people will often not come to the FAA as an airway transporation systems specialist to start at ~$40-50k when they are making considerably more in the private or military sector doing similar work.

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