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Helpful (3)

Not for Me

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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)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Most of the staff directly involved in the training program were great and eager to help. Contractors brought in to demonstrate the use of various programs were excellent and their training was very structured.

Cons

Trainers did not necessarily have any knowledge in your particular subject area, which caused them to lead you astray from time to time. Supervisors and others with signatory authority did not participate enough in the training efforts and, in some cases, were even detrimental by leading the trainee on wild goose chases. Often, different answers were given to the same questions. This is to be expected in gray areas, but not on questions of policy.

Advice to Management

Insure your supervisors are required to meet with the trainees at the scheduled times or, if not possible, to establish an alternate time to be noted on the trainees schedule so that no trainee is left without meeting their supervisor during the entire 4 month program. Make it a punishable offense to provide misinformation (such as providing incorrect job search categories when the trainee is not specific in their request - even though their trainer told them they only needed to give the application # with no additional information). This misinformation leads to a waste of time by the trainee, trainer, supervisor, and any others involved. Any inefficiencies ultimately cost the customer as they are reflected in the patent filing costs.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great.

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You make 2-3x more $$$ per hour than you do as an associate attorney.

    Cons

    You make more $$$ as an associate attorney.

  2. Helpful (2)

    not the best contracting environment

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    Current Contractor - IT Consultant
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the office is situated in a pretty area of Alexandria. It's very accessible by metro, car, or bus.

    Cons

    In general the environment is setup to where the contractors are treated like mules. They are hired to do the work of ill trained employees. Since there is no incentive for performance the employees often wither away in skills needed for their job.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the contractors better. It reflects poorly on this agency to treat other human beings poorly when there are better environments that talented consultants can go to.

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