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Big workload, but enjoy working at FDA

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Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Silver Spring, MD
Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Silver Spring, MD

I have been working at FDA

Pros

- mission of the agency is to protect the public health
- not-for-profit
- change to impact policy / make a difference
- interesting work assignments
- FDA experience is marketable, if you look to change careers down the road
- federal government benefits
- options available to work-at-home 1 or 2 days a week
- busy workload, so you are never bored!

Cons

- big government red-tape
- when decisions come down from above, no ability to negotiate (it is how it is)
- busy workload with inflexible deadlines
- HR is done through the Office of Personal Management = disorganized, takes a long time for hiring paperwork to go through
- no DC metro stop near FDA headquarters in White Oak

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    Good job if you're a burnt out MD, can get boring if you're young and ambitious.

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    Current Employee - Medical Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Medical Officer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA

    Pros

    Abstract benefit to society which feels more palpable in the beginning

    Cons

    It's bread and butter regulatory work such as moving papers from the inbox to the outbox - 90% of the time. The other 10% is doing reviews.

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    Retire...

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    summer intern

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    Former Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Washington, DC

    I worked at FDA

    Pros

    easy work for entry level wages
    well paid for 0 experience and plenty of growth opportunities
    flexible hours and sick leave

    Cons

    Little use of actual skills or education
    No motivation to produce actual results
    Office environment and computers out of date and obsolete

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    Management is limited by caliber of employees. Difficult to tell exactly what future goals are. Good for career where you just want to coast.

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