U.S. Government Accountability Office

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Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office part-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Wide variety of projects to get involved with
Highly important work for the nation

Cons

You will tend to be stuck in a cubicle all day. The meetings tend to be unproductive depending on your supervisor

Advice to Management

I would advise upper management to keep better tabs on some of the lower management to make sure they are in fact doing their best at their jobs

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good for learning research and writing skills, but

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Smart people
    2) Great benefits
    3) Flexible schedule/good work-life balance

    Cons

    1) Limited career mobility (i.e. promotions)
    2) Projects last on average about a year. You can get stuck on something that doesn't interest you.
    3) Little control over the projects on which you are posted. They place you wherever you are needed
    4) Limited creativity

    Advice to Management

    Because there are fewer opportunities to manage and lead projects, create new opportunities to lead in other ways.

    Also, pay more attention to placing folks in teams that really line up with their background and interests. If people get bored and aren't interested, they'll leave.


  2. Smart people, slow pace

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, great training programs, and interesting subject matter (if you are lucky enough to get assigned to a report on a subject that interests you).

    Cons

    Very slow pace, hard to distinguish yourself, hard to effect institutional change.

    Advice to Management

    After putting new analysts through $1 million of training, make sure they are happy with their assignments to permanent teams. If people are not put on the correct teams, then often leave soon after. Policy analysts all have their areas of policy that they like, they don't want to be thrown at whatever subject matter is available.


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