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18 years with two agencies

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Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist  in  Woodlawn, MD
Current Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Woodlawn, MD

I have been working at Federal Government full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

The average salary in my chosen profession often is quite low. Because of equal work, equal pay initiatives, I get paid very well. On the other hand, I've worked on very important national and international projects.So the work can be exciting. And there may be an opportunity to make a real difference. Also, they are much more likely to hire and promote African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, women and the disabled more often than the public sector.

Cons

The people are generally not particularly well-educated in their official jobs. If you can get in the right group--it can be exhilarating to work on important national issues. And you can meet and work with absolutely brilliant people. On the other hand, you could get stuck working with or for the 2/3 who seem to be the antithesis of creative. I mean the graphics people would work with hammers and chisels rather than computers if someone sometime in the late 90s dragged them kicking and screaming into the real world.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try planning for a change. Try keeping up with and seeing today's reality. Try hiring educated, maybe even accomplished specialists and not deciding, "Poof, you're a photographer!"

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    I enjoyed my career most of the time, but there were stressful moments

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government

    Pros

    I got a decent retirement. Not so sure that applies anymore, and my job was 90% secure.

    Cons

    Lots of boring stuff, bad management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring/promoting people just because they've worked there a long time. Find some people with talent.

  2.  

    A decent start to my career but not idea for long term

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Security in position. Work environment is laid back

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement. Workforce not innovative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward productivity and not seniority

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