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If you want to work in Management, do not work for PTO

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Current Employee - Paralegal  in  Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Paralegal in Alexandria, VA

I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

Pros

The Patent Office offers a variety of flexible work schedules, including being able to work from home. This only applies to employees and not management.

Cons

Supervisors are treated like garbage - cannot work from home
Supervisors do not get bonuses
Supervisors not protected by any unions
Supervisors not properly trained on Personnel policies and procedures

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If PTO wants to retain bright and competent supervisors, then they must allow their first-line supervisors to work from home. It is an outrage when you have incompetent and untrustworthy employees who can work from home, but loyal and trustworthy supervisors are treated like garbage.

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    Good place to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Pros

    Layed back, good salary, nice benifits

    Cons

    Always recognized for the bad and never for the good (a "good job" every once and a while would be encouraging).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice what people do to make your job easier.

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    Good Pay, Bad 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

    Pros

    Great pay with almost automatic non-competitive advancement if goals are met. Flexible hours and the ability to work at home when at higher GS levels. Government benefits always a plus.

    Cons

    The work is stressful, boring, and inconsistent. You have a certain amount of hours to examine each case regardless of how hard it actually is. If you want to allow an application but your boss disagrees, be prepared to work extra hours and make a bad rejection. Management makes quick decisions on allowability based only on glancing at the claims in a case. The general mindset that training instills is that every case you allow is a failure on your part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress consistency in supervisor's decisions. Supervisor's also need to suggest calling attorneys and trying to Examiner Amend to get cases allowed. The new changes implemented by Kappos are a step in the right direction, but more is required.

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