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One of the best decent paying jobs you will ever get in this economy.

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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 for more than a year

Pros

Protecting the public from ridiculous "inventions" and stupid attorney who will do anything to get a patent through is a good feeling.
Reading up on the latest patent application filed and searching for prior art.
Overall intellectually stimulating work.
Very FLEXIBLE work hours with standard paid time off and sick leaves.
Collegial work environment for the most part.
Promotions based on merit not brown nosing or bias.
Do not have to worry about an overpaid CEO stuffing their own pay while cutting your job...in fact "job security" is listed on their website as a job benefit.
Good pay once you get into the higher gs13-15 levels + maximum paid overtime = slightly over $160/year.

Cons

So much to do and it never ever stops! And there is a quota system.
sometimes finding art can take seemingly forever
management can be a little fickle and the ease of your work life is directly dependent on your supervisor
Nearby cost of living is high.
Federal sequester is coming.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Some supervisors micromanage a little too much.

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Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - Primary Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Primary Examiner in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    One of the best jobs ever.

    Cons

    Some supervisors may be difficult to get along with.

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    Value excellent employees.

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    Challenging but secure job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Pros

    Really interesting job. Working with mechanical stuff.

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful to meet deadlines and quota-like system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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