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Loved working at the USPTO

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Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Freedom, schedule, people, training, salary

Cons

Honestly I can't think of anything. Maybe for some people the work can get routine. It never did for me. Some people think the workload is heavy.

Advice to Management

Keep it up!

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    Good place to work if you don't mind not doing real 'engineering'

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    Former Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible with hours -Good starting pay with lots of room to move up the ranks -Benefits are great (naturally, seeing as how this is a government job) -In regards to above, the benefits will almost surely outweigh all the cons -Nice on-location gym (if you are into that)

    Cons

    -Very very very repetitive -Not 'real' engineering (this may not matter to some) -From what I have heard, a lot can depend on how strict your SPE is. Depending on this you may or may not have a better time. -If you do not know what you are doing, the workload can pile up and you may find yourself not meeting deadlines.


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    Contractor beware

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    Former Contractor - Computer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Contractor - Computer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are allowed to sit inside and sometimes chair is not broken You have long table to share in a dark room. You are allowed to have lunch and use restroom as long as it doesn't interfere with your duties & meetings.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Employees are people, but we are slaves and have no free desires. NOT working mother friendly. Meeting often schedule from 5:30-6:30 pm at last minute. Not urgent too. Very angry if contractors taking off day to have sick child. Must bring own pens, notepads, and anything else to work; these pencil are for 'employee" not "contractor". You don't deserve. Many fail project should tell you something.- atmosphere is great nervousness and disconent. People leave for other jobs very fast, or they forced out. If you come here, little chance to succeed. Mostly to be mis-treated. Not a good place.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contractor like human being. Not so angry all time too.


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