FAA Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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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. Excellent salary and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Killeen, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You'll be trained with the tools and skills necessary to do you job. Salary is way better than other federal agencies. For air traffic controllers salary is even better.

    Cons

    In my opinion there are not cons besides the excruciating training and stress of not passing evaluations. Once you're beyond that point, you're pretty much set if you stay healthy.

    Advice to Management

    Work shifts for controllers are all messed up. Salary and benefits are excellent but not for everybody within the agency. Pay should be more homogeneous, with this I mean tech ops salaries are simply embarrassing compare to controllers


  2. Decent agency

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, highly educated staff, diverse mission, possibility of moving across the country and world, good location on metro and downtown.

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic, very large staff so it is difficult to know everyone in your field, sometimes silos workers, headquarters building is rather decrepit, hard to move up payscale.


  3. Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Organization has tremendous opportunity to grow and fullfil a long and promising federal career. As well as great health benefits.

    Cons

    Downsides present at the FAA are long hours and promotions can be stalled due to congress and decisions on budget


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  5. Computer Specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Low stress environment Diverse environment They take work/life balance seriously

    Cons

    No bonuses Little career growth opportunity


  6. Manager

    Current Employee - Manager in Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Manager in Edmond, OK

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

    Pros

    Security for a long career with great pay

    Cons

    Political you have to know how to play the game


  7. Helpful (2)

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's the only job I've had where I feel like I actually did something meaningful at the end of the day. You get to play a part in helping the whole world move. There was a pilot that called back to say that I really helped him out around weather during an emergency. That was a great feeling to know that I helped him out and I've certainly never found that satisfaction or opportunity at any other job.

    Cons

    The training is long and stressful but it's meant to be that way. Also, it's shift work. That means rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays -- you're going to miss birthdays, weekend BBQ's, Thanksgiving dinners, and Christmas mornings. Get used to it.


  8. Air traffic control specialist

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits and job security. The chance to see something meaningful for the flying public happen because of you and the people working around you. Union representation to minimize arbitrary managerial harms to the employee.

    Cons

    Frequently stressful training program. Occasionally stressful working environment. Knowing that you are the front line of political disputes over how federal employees are treated, especially those with union representation.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who your agency's customer is, and how the Aviation Trust Fund gets its money. We are all in this together.


  9. Aerospace Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of life is much better over private industry

    Cons

    Things move at a snail's pace

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (4)

    It's not for everyone...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    It is the best career a person could ever want -- but you have to have the right temperament and aptitude. You'll know pretty quick if you're up for the challenge. If you can deal with the pressures, you will not find a more rewarding and satisfying job anywhere!

    Cons

    It makes an old man/woman out of you. You work for the federal government which is famous promoting people based on everything but their ability.


  11. WSU

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairborn, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairborn, OH

    I have been working at FAA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to to work in.

    Cons

    Sometimes the surrounding area can be a bit dull



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