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3 people found this helpful  

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

Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

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

ConsCounts...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 Senior ManagementDo away with the count system and let front line managers actually manage their employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Unrealistic quotas and isolating work

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for 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… Cons: The job is very solitary for some. The production quotas where created in 1976, when some… Advice to Senior Management: Make the job more of a team effort. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome!

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than a year


    Pros: It is very flexible, and relaxed. Cons: Sometimes it is too flexible, and relaxed. Advice to Senior Management: N/A. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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