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One of the best places to work if you like knowing you are making a difference.

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Former Employee - IT Specialist in Baltimore, MD
Former Employee - IT Specialist in Baltimore, MD

I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Connections. You meet so many people. You have access to learn how to serve the public, have access to manage large projects and really stand out in the agency. It was worth working there once.

Cons

Management changes can sometimes be unsettling if you are not used to the politics that comes with it. They start you out very low on the salary tree, depending on your qualifications and make it almost impossible to get hired at a higher grade. Grade increase rules and the forms to fill out are not like a normal job promotion and you have to fight for that position.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust your employees. Just because you have the title of 'supervisory' in your grade description doesn't mean you have to micromanage. Those that don't do this, you already know how to run your business and are great managers!

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  1. OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Steady job and steady income.
    Benfits are average - neither good nor bad. I've seen better and I've seen worse in private sector.

    Cons

    Quality of leadership and management skills varies.
    Politics.
    Angry claimants.
    Bad apples within the workforce that get promoted.
    Annual performance bonuses range from $0-$500 (I don't understand the arguments that federal employees make out better than private sector. My wife works in private sector and gets $100,000-$150,000 annual performance bonuses.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of SSI. Give it back to the states.

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  2. IT Specialist (Project Manager)

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    * Flexible Schedule with plenty of time off
    * Plenty of educational opportunities ranging from SkillSoft courses to in-house technical programs
    * Stability

    Cons

    * Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy
    * No accountability among management
    * Slow pace of work (and when I say slow, I mean SLOW)
    * The aging IT staff, largely, lacks motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * OPEN YOUR EYES .. this is no way to spend tax payer money. Absolutely irresponsible.

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