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Current Employee - Intern in White Oak, MD
Current Employee - Intern in White Oak, MD

I have been working at FDA part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Friendly people
Accommodating people
Good pay if you have enough research experience
Name on publication(s)

Cons

Work often tedious
Progress and efficiency often bogged down by bureaucracy
Often separated from people your age
People not very talkative or social

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    a good place for just research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy working environment for researchers in early career stage

    Cons

    Not permanent. Not sponsor visa

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sponsor H1-B visa for foreigners

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, fairly professional environment. Gov work is strange and It just wasn't the right type of work for me.

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    Former Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at FDA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was fun to be a part of a young new hiring wave. Go to training and make new colleagues/friends.
    Work schedule was flexible as long as you got in your weekly 40 hours and got your work done.
    Seeing all the diverse levels of food inudstry in America was interesting (albeit, a bit depressing).

    Cons

    Well, if you know anything about government work you will understand that often the office politics and work incentives are strange. People are nice to your face but often are talking about you behind your back (but I guess that goes with life in general).
    The agency itself is sluggish, out of touch, sincere yet bound by regulations that just don't address the real issues in food industry.
    People talk about the FDA being corrupt at the upper level. I can't speak too much about that because I was at the field level. However, I perceived less corruption than just plain ol' apathy and disconnectedness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Phew! this is a tough one. All the managers and supervisors are good people, in fact everyone in the agency that I met were good people...it's just that the way things are structured and the incentives in place...it makes it tough for managers (or anyone for that matter) to be real people.

    I would say, don't worry too much about the paperwork and try to spend more time with your cso's, developing the relationships.

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