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Smart people doing good work to protect the public health

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Former Employee - Regulatory Project Manager  in  Silver Spring, MD
Former Employee - Regulatory Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

I worked at FDA full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Super smart peers, interesting work, good environment, commitment to public health, relatively nice facilities

Cons

Red-tape, salaries not competitive with private sector, politics is still there, some miscommunication between parts of the agency

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up good work but could do better job recruiting

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    Worked as an Interdisciplinary Scientist/Microbiologist for over three years in the field labs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FDA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay for bench level analysts. Decent benefits and time off, especially after 3 years and even better if you stay for longer. Essentially perform technician level work for almost twice the pay you would get in industry. No need for an advanced degree - very few people have them in the field labs at least. Looks good on a resume. Learn about regulatory aspects. Job security - very few people get fired when they would have been if they worked in private industry. Low/average workload and generally a good amount of downtime.

    Cons

    Politics and red tape! Poor management skills, more reactive than proactive, inefficient (it's government!), limited opportunities for promotion after you work at the 12 level unless you want to move to HQ or become a manager/supervisor, most everything is seniority based rather than performance based, some labs are very old/outdated/dirty but others are fairly new and nice. As in most instances, power tends to corrupt and those who enforce laws and regulations sometimes think they are above them. I'm not sure all field labs would pass an inspection/audit if they were to thoroughly inspect/audit themselves - better yet have industry do it. Do as we say not as we do type mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seniority based systems tend to offer little incentive for employees, hold people responsible/accountable for their actions and work, give people challenging work and opportunities to learn (and let them fail and learn from their mistakes), don't let analysts become cook book chemists and microbiologists, be consistent and fair. Don't let people act unprofessionally because you don't want to deal with them.

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    Not the best place I've worked for

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    Former Employee - Cst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cst in Houston, TX

    I worked at FDA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, paid holidays, great benefits.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, inability to resolve conflict or act upon complaints, numerous employees and not enough work load. Also, lack of team work and division of the office due to personality conflicts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they have something to say. Stop showing favoritism to certain employees. Treat everyone as equals until given a reason not to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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