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I have learned a lot and am allowed to be as hands on with my project as I want to be.

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Current Employee - Research Assistant - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
Current Employee - Research Assistant - Intern in Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA

Pros

Everyone working there is extremely intelligent and they are dealing with cutting edge research with the goal of increasing the safety of new medical devices. Huge organization with plenty of opportunities in many different departments.

Cons

For my one year intern position to become a full time position it would require me to have a PhD. Availability of new positions depends on government budget.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep actively supporting local universities with internships.

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    Putting up with frustrating bureaucracy, and lazy and incompetent coworkers and managers

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    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at FDA

    Pros

    Job security
    Work/Life balance
    Public health mission
    Work at home 2 days per week

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Incompetent and lazy employees
    Dysfunctional employees that are bullies - we are told to accept their behavior because "they have always been that way"
    Managers stuck in the 1980's
    Bad science upheld by managers - "that is how we always did it in the past"
    Large percentage of employees who have only worked for the government
    Lack of education funds
    Stagnant salary
    Unfair hiring practices
    Threats of shut downs and salary cuts coming from Congress
    Long commutes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the benefit of hiring managers with experience in nongovernment regulated industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Place to Intern - If you want little responsibility and good pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits
    Friendly Co-workers
    Minimal Stress (no real deadlines from my experience)

    Cons

    Middle Managers do not provide support or encouragement
    Little opportunity for advancement as an intern
    Not great environment for young people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting so much money

    No opinion of CEO
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