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Updated March 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Has great job security, and a ton of great people working for them (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 with weekends and holidays (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Atss in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Atss in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work physically, but requires you to think. Work with great people. Management is great

    Cons

    Rotating shifts, high cost of living in Bay Area. Commute times are horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let me use my 15 years of aviation experience, project management skills, supervisory skills, and knowledge I gained from my college education to better the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Air Traffic Controller

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, but mostly a challenging and rewarding career.

    Cons

    The FAA is a huge old school bureaucracy full of nepotism, where no one in upper management is held accountable for anything. So every decision the FAA makes defies logic and goes against common sense. "This makes absolutely no sense but hey, it's the FAA" is a common sentiment shared by all FAA employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting your golf buddies and learn some accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Excellent place to work at

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Diversity and opportunity to influence outcomes

    Cons

    Like any government agency; things take a longer time to evolve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Worked in space management, design & construction.

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    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at FAA

    Pros

    I enjoyed my customers and contractors/vendors.

    Cons

    The logistics staff was very difficult to work with in order to get projects done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are a results oriented person, working with the government is sometimes very difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. If you thrive in an atmosphere of bureaucratic inaction, this is the place for you!

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Federal benefits and good salaries. A good place to would if your in ATO.

    Cons

    It's not what you know but whose _ss you kiss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they may actually know something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Front Line Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, great benefits such as: Health, retirement, sick leave and vacations

    Cons

    Night shifts, rotating shifts, seldom weekends off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Been here for over 5 years.

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, keeping up with technology. Opportunities to shine.

    Cons

    Too many laggards with personal fiefdoms, no one wants to be held accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove obstacles out of the way and let us finish projects on time and under budget. PMO, business office and engineering departments need to be shaken up to bring in more customers. Hold folks accountable for wasting tax dollars on unprofitable projects.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. So far i have enjoyed my employment as a FAA employee. However, I only started academy training about 3 weeks ago.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at FAA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The hours, people you work with and pay are all great pros of working for the FAA. The FAA does a great job of screening people and having the best people with great personalities for every job. The consistent pay is also great as it provides support and a stable income to provide for my family.

    Cons

    Some cons working as a controller are the swing shifts. its tough to plan around and can sometimes interfere with your family but its a great career nevertheless.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Learning Experience

    Former Intern - Volunteer Student Summer Position in Absecon, NJ
    Former Intern - Volunteer Student Summer Position in Absecon, NJ

    I worked at FAA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly, helpful, hours are flexible

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can turn into toil

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  11. FAA

    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Performed as a contract and full time support consultant covering a twenty one year span. Translation, a job that provided longevity and security. Served as a asset manager and documentation manager for aeronautical products.

    Cons

    I received in-house training on automated inventory systems to manage IT assets located throughout the US. Too widely dispersed, accountability in some cases were very challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Federal Government no recommendations.

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