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Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
163 Reviews
3.6
163 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Changing and Upgrading Purpose

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at FAA

    Pros

    Open minded and always thinking outside of the box.

    Cons

    Constant Organizational Change not well thought out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize organizational changes and promote all personnel with 25 or more years service to J Band pay grade as they are long overdue!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Aviation Safety Inspector

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great job, great working conditions, telework availability.

    Cons

    Poor programs supporting continuing education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in further education of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Just another goverment bureacracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's the government so it does have good benefits. And if you happen to an air traffic controller excellent salary and opportunities for growth. However, if you're not a part of ATO....

    Cons

    It's all about who you know, now what you know. Slow to move forward with new ideas (or even come up with a new idea), unless of course it's hiring more overly paid managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to lower level employees. They're the ones doing the work and know what's needed. Arrive at a new pay structure that elimininates raises based on favoratism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    ATC

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Northeast, NY
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Northeast, NY

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding career with a tremendous amount of responsibility. Work with minimal supervision - unless you make a mistake! Then everyone is your boss:-)

    Cons

    Incompetent management that is totally isolated from the mission of the FAA. Work weird hours and all holidays - but that comes with the territory:-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your people.....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    FAA ATCS

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Great union/federal pay and protections. Fun and important work.

    Cons

    You're a cog in a wheel. Hope you like working in a soap opera drama / locker room full of perverts and joksters and ego jocks / one uppers. Not everyone is this way but at least half the folks your stuck sitting next to until it's your turn on the break list are.

     The schedule is the absolute pits. The rattler as it is called is five shifts backwards rotating self compressing shifts. For example. Say your days off are mon/tue(everything is bid by seniority. You won't see weekends most likely for ~15yrs on average) you work two or three swings, one or two days followed by a mid the same day as your last day shift. So you go into work on Wednesday afternoon. And your last shift ends Sunday morning at 5am. Granted this is Only at the 24/7 facilities but it wears you out quick. And the invisible monkey on your shoulders whether your ego admits it or not is the ten thousand pound subconscious weight of responsibility you have to keep planes from smacking together. The work is fun but the constant screwing around with each other like in the movie pushing tin is the reality.

    Hope you can go to the bathroom on a schedule. The breaks are good but your tied to a position until it's your turn on the break list. And you'll be made to feel Week and bothersome if you ask for relief to just use the bathroom. Just like in grade school when the teacher shamed you for needing to go to the bathroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to end the us be them mentality between controllers and front line managers. Include controllers in your planning and hold FLMs and like controllers accountable for a truly professional operating environment. If CVRs are required for pilots shouldn't a 24/7 passive recording system be in the ops rooms as well or are we to scared / unwilling to hold ourselves to the same level of accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits for work

    Cons

    shift work made it difficult sometimes

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    It was a very interesting work experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Very fast paced and exciting place to work, I learned so much about the aviation field. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of something so special.

    Cons

    I felt out of place being the only african american and the only women at my airport. Nothing against the field it self just wasn't for me.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Gotta get through the academy

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at FAA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extensive knowledge gained, amazing income potential, great benefits, and you get to have a rewarding career with great retirement options.

    Cons

    You have to get through the academy with at least a 70. There is a lot of information to learn in a short period of time. I don't think the academy should be graded as you will get training on how your facility wants you to operate when you get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow instructors at the academy to give help to the students who ask for it without repercussion.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Looking forward to working for faa

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at FAA

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Potential Career growth

    Cons

    Stressful job
    A lot of competition

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good job and lots of potential growth

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Atlantic City, NJ
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Atlantic City, NJ

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

    Pros

    The people are all great and very helpful with a great environment. There are Good Benefits and continued education help.

    Cons

    Can be pretty slow at times for little bit quiet often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep work flowing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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