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Updated July 29, 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. Air traffic control specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC

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

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

    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.


  2. Aerospace Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  3. 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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  5. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management and Program Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Management and Program Assistant in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at FAA part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours, competitive salary, great environment, stellar benefits

    Cons

    i do not have any and i am very grateful to have the opportunity to work for the FAA


  6. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People were helpful, easy to talk to and informative

    Cons

    I have no cons for this.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring and training more younger employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    It's not for everyone...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Oracle Developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Developer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Developer in Oklahoma City, OK

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

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

    Pros

    Good Environment to work, Friendly people. Nice place to work

    Cons

    Work process will be very slow as all people here are more experience they need perfection


  9. Not for young job seekers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at FAA (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, location and co-workers!

    Cons

    Very slow to move up any career path.


  10. Helpful (1)

    ATSS review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist

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

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

    Pros

    great benefits, job security, constant training that will stack your resume (i've spent most of my first year in OKC training).

    Cons

    pay could be a bit better. managers need to screen applicants better...i have more experience in my field and started at the lowest of the low, while people who have never done electronic tech type of work, started significantly higher. Also, I've had friends who told me straight up that they didnt have an interview process or anything; were just given the job due to veterans preference. You'll spend most of your first 3 years traveling back and forth to Oklahoma City for training. if traveling or being away from your family is a con, then that's a con. there's little room for moving up the ladder...theres only 3 pay scales (F-G-H), unless you want to become a coordinator, manager, or instructor in Oklahoma.

    Advice to Management

    actually screen who you're hiring. dont just try to fill a spot just because someone has a good personality and is a vet; most of us are veterans anyways and I know a ton of veterans who have done this job for years that are still waiting to hear something back.


  11. Tombstone Agency

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Job Security, Good pay for what you do.

    Cons

    Total lack of accountability, you can fake your way into the agency without knowing a thing about the Air Traffic Control system. You can sit around and not do a thing without fearing any consequence. If you are looking for a steady paycheck and don't want to care about the job you do, this is it. If you want to better yourself and make something of your life, look for something else.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that will get through their head.



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