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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good benefits (insurance, vacation, etc); flexible work schedule; younger employees use this as a "gap filler" place to work until something better comes along

Cons

Little opportunity for advancement outside HQ; opportunities for details & temporary assignments often only told to "favorite" employees and not everyone; preference to hire externally rather than promote from within; salary doesn't always match the area where you live compared to private sector; slow to innovate - stuck in that govt rut

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognition of employees to promote or who have "outside the box" ideas would be nice rather than being stuck in a rut with general government drones would be novel

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    I am a mainframe automation specialist working with OPSMVS to manage subsystems, started tasks, and system resources.

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Woodlawn, MD
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Woodlawn, MD

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job Security, Focus on limited areas instead of wearing many hats, Good Pay and Benefits, Flex time

    Cons

    Very limited Telework opportunities, no pay increase in sight other than possible promotions, things move slowly, very bureaucratic,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of system automation capabilities to help reduce staffing needs and meet objectives in a consistent and reliable manner.
    Allow more telework for your good performers. Most people who are productive in the office will be even more so when working at home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nepotism causes a bottleneck in terms of promotions and leaves the truly qualified languishing

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    Current Employee - Social Insurance Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Social Insurance Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -You won't ever be laid off/fired unless you do something illegal - which of course means you deserve to be fired!
    -No one will be sending messages to your blackberry late at night. Because of privacy laws protecting beneficiaries, you will not be tied to (or even have access to) work 24/7
    -You can feel good about your job because you are helping people at a time of vulnerability in their lives (retirement, disability, death of a loved one)

    Cons

    -There is a lot of favoritism and nepotism
    - Really hard to get promoted because the further up you go, there are less slots, and the first slots always go to someone based on nepotism and favoritism instead of talent. Even if at least seniority played a role, you'd know that there was some experience to go with the promotion. BUT in Boston anyways, this isn't always the case
    -Work can be monotonous
    -Your life is unduly affected by people in Congress who suddenly think that government is the cause of all problems and so want to cut back on your salaries (while giving themselves a huge raise). Meanwhile real people's claims don't get processed, people die while waiting for disability benefits because there are less and less people to do more and more work.
    -Policies/procedures are often set by or influenced by people (like congress) who have never actually done the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to your workers - they have great ideas for making work more efficient
    -Sometimes simple solutions are better and less costly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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