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Satisfactory benefits and salary, not an effective career ladder

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

I have been working at Federal Government

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The work is almost always interesting, challenging and important. You can't say that everywhere you work. I am never bored.

Cons

Despite reports to the contrary, many federal employees actually work long hours. The pace in some offices can be grueling, and of course there is little in the way of overtime, etc. The most frustrating aspect is the inability to move ahead based on performance. Budget constraints and management decisions can have a big impact on career trajectory.

Advice to Management

Don't be disdainful of those that want a federal career (the view of some political appointees). Support that decision and realize that you want the cream to rise to the top through promotions and more strategic placement of employees.

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  1. A place with many challenges and opportunities but requires more talented indivduals to take advantage of both.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work Schedule Flexibility, Low Risk

    Cons

    Low Salaries, Slow Pace, and Too Slow to Make Postive Change or Take Corrective Measures.

    Advice to Management

    Find people who really care and want to make a difference.

  2. Bloated institution with poor alignment between resources and needs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well intentioned institution- career people have skills but lack motivation

    Cons

    Out of touch- policy/ process focus that is not pragmatic or practical

    Advice to Management

    Political appointees must be functionally experienced, and SES must be rotated, and not be in one job for more than three years

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