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4 people found this helpful  

This is a great place to work because one gets paid to stay current in one's scientific discipline.

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

I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Total flex time, work at home, self-paced, and lots of smart people to work with. And the pay is great.

Cons

Counts...the PTO loves to quantify production. This is accomplished by assigning a "count" for certain bits of work (Office Actions). It never ends until retirement. Also, docket management is quantified...don't get behind in your work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do away with the count system and let front line managers actually manage their employees.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unrealistic quotas and isolating work

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

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The job has flexible hours where you need to account for 80 hours every 2 weeks. The job has government benefits, including a 401k-like account (TSP). You can telework from anywhere in the continental US. And depending on your drive, current economics, and Congressional budgets, there is Law school reimbursment.

    Cons

    The job is very solitary for some. The production quotas where created in 1976, when some modern technologies where in their infancy. The job duties are more legal than scientific or technical.

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    Make the job more of a team effort.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome!

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

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is very flexible, and relaxed.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is too flexible, and relaxed.

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    N/A.

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