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Updated July 1, 2015
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FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
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Pros
  • The benefits and job security of working for the Government are undeniable (in 15 reviews)

  • Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Rotating shifts, tough to get time off (in 7 reviews)

  • Shift work can take it's toll after 30 (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    ATSS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Atss in South Valley, NM
    Current Employee - Atss in South Valley, NM

    I have been working at FAA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Varied electronics, mechanical, electrical, HVAC work. You get to be a jack of all trades and they have lots of schools to attend in Oklahoma city. A new hire ATSS can expect to top out at $60K/yr after the first two years. Work sites all over the country. Initial training is mandatory, even if you're in the industry already or are coming out of the military. The use of a government vehicle (GSA leased) is part of the work arrangement.

    Cons

    Some sites are located in remote areas that require loads of driving to get to. There are two kinds of techs in this group: the sites techs who travel a lot to get to their sites, and techs who don't have to travel. Pay scale is not WG or GS, it's something called "core comp", which has pay "bands" that roughly correspond to GS9 to GS11+, but doesn't really include the "steps" that normal GS/WG pay scales have.

    Advice to Management

    Not all sites are located conveniently on pavement! Those of us who have to go off-road to get to our sites (mountain tops, waaay out in the pasture/desert/oil field) should be able to order vehicles correctly equipped to go off-road in any weather. Forcing soccer-mom cars/crossovers to go up mountain "roads" that more closely resemble goat trails is neither safe nor practical.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great agency overall but stay away from Flight Standards Division

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aviation Safety Assistant
    Former Employee - Aviation Safety Assistant

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The colleagues and coworkers are great, and benefits like any other federal agency are almost no match compared to industry. Awards systems works most of the time depending on the office management philosophy. "Job security" is great and once you know what you are supposed to do you can then explore other areas or job functions.

    Cons

    At least within the Flight Standards Division (FSD) you are "encouraged" to telework, however, depending on management it feels like "pulling teeth" when you request it, either because of management "control freaks" or because even if we have the technology available it is not set up to enable most people to telework. Depending on the size of the office there is potential drama involved. The majority of office managers and front line managers are not "pro-employees" instead they are more "pro-themselves" just because it seems that they can not trust their employees and treat them as adults, even thou over 60% of the employees are GS-13 and GS-14 (earning more than $80k a year). Some of the frontline managers I have no idea how they made it thru the management ranks since some of them absolutely no management or leadership experience neither as civilian or military (i worked with one that wasn't even a "cub scout"), when in contrast the vast majority of the inspectors and other support personal are military veterans including NCOs and officers that have experience leading people in different campaigns.

    When it comes to career progression, at least the FSD they focus mostly in Aviation Safety Inspectors. Support personnel like admins and managers assistants are basically on their own if they want to move up either by relocating to another geographic area or moving to a region or HQ positions; and it is my impression that this kind of strategy hasn't change in the last 25 years at least. PASS, the union for bargaining unit employees, definitely doesn't do their job when it comes to really give the extra mile for the employee; at least that is my experience with the representative i have worked with for the last 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Managers must reevaluate the way office and field managers are selected. Some of them are not even close to be good managers, needless to say to be leaders. Managers should empower employees and not bring them down on a daily basis; otherwise while walking thru the office and peoples desk dont be surprised to see most employees looking opportunities on USAJOBS. (yes... in my last office it was just like that, you can't make this up)


  3. Promote from Within

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy access to HQs via Metro. Cafeteria, gym, daycare (although wait-list is over 2 years), on site. Leadership embraces teleworking - lots of flexibility. Leadership is mostly supportive of those who are here to support the mission (Air Traffic Operations).

    Cons

    Lots of meetings; promoting from within is a rarity; outside training opportunities are hard to come by; many of the seasoned employees are resistant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Groom employees so that they can grow with the agency.


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  5. Great place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FAA (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Coworkers are extremely welcoming
    - Great work benefits

    Cons

    - Couldn't get paid
    - Transportation


  6. Writer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer, FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Writer, FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at FAA (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Professional dedicated workforce. Interesting and dynamic work environment. Advancement is available if you are self-assertive and aggressively pursue it and are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Management bureaucracy is frustrating. Just doing excellent work at your job will not get you promoted. You have to drive you own career. Your department will always be short on money until the end of the FY, when you must spend all the funding that you were afraid to spend when it was really needed.

    Advice to Management

    If you look out for your workforce, your workforce will look out for you.


  7. Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Oberlin, OH
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Oberlin, OH

    I have been working at FAA full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, decent salary, good benefits

    Cons

    bureaucracy, politics, little merit based reward, some managers seem more interested in their own advancement than yours

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about your career and more about your employees


  8. Amazing!!!

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    Current Employee - General Clerk in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - General Clerk in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, and amazing opportunities.

    Cons

    As of now I cant think of anything!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Aviation Safety Inspector

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FAA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benifits and you can have some security.

    Cons

    Advancement can be limited by your manager, dont try to improve the system, office likes for inspectors to violate people rather than solve problems. If they dont like you and what you out of the office they can make it tough on you even if other people are doing the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    ONLY if your manager will let you go, does not matter about your experience or education.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not what I expected...

    Former Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at FAA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You work for the federal government so there is job security

    Cons

    You are expected to do the "exact" same work/duties as co-workers earning as much as three times (3x) your pay with no possibility of ever reaching that salary level.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great employees provided great satisfaction.

    Cons

    The worst federal employees ever make managing in this agency a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Run for the hills!! it's not worth the aggrivation. The human nature of bad employees is astounding.



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