FAA Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
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. Traffic Management Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very exciting job if you love being challenged. You are in the center of the entire air traffic system and eventually have an elevated understanding of how air travel actually operates. This knowledge is priceless as you can apply it to your personal travel preferences and/or habits. You will work with airline specialists, dispatchers, pilots on a daily basis, the majority of local and regional air traffic facilities based on your location. All of which gives you a solid understanding of your job. The work is very exciting when you realize that your skills actually matter to the employer and are held in high regard.

    Cons

    You're working for a US government agency. If you believe employees are individuals that should be acknowledged when performance exceeds exceptional levels, they should be rewarded or thanked for being a reliable person, and that the employer should always stand behind their team when problems or criticism arrives then you'll absolutely hate this job. You're what is affectionately known as a "warm body". You're filling an empty space somewhere and as long as the space is full then the agency feels they've done their part as an employer and carries along without you. Working for the FAA or any government agency will always feel lonely and empty.

    Advice to Management

    The Federal Aviation Administration has too many layers of political personnel to be able to pinpoint a specific problem that could actually be corrected or solved. My advice to all of the local, regional and other facility managers would be to simply hang in there. I actually feel sorry for them because they're essentially the most powerless people in an agency that employs thousands upon thousands of individuals.


  2. Not for young job seekers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FAA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, location and co-workers!

    Cons

    Very slow to move up any career path.


  3. Promote from Within

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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    Mngt lacks human aspect.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome job. Its a challenge and very rewarding!

    Cons

    Once you graduate from the academy only then will you have your duty location. A bummer if your sent to a location that can not provide for your family's medical needs. This happened to me and forced me to resign.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people rather than another number.


  6. Lead Software Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly in regards to time off and teleworking

    Cons

    Work can be mundane for long periods of time. Management is disconnect from work force.

    Advice to Management

    Engage workforce


  7. Air Traffic Control Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Job Security, Pay, Government position

    Cons

    Probationary period, unwillingness to negotiate for unpaid time off during training


  8. FAA is great... Most Contracting companies are NOT!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Team Lead in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Team Lead in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Feds may love you, but if your supervisor, a former Fed who was fired and now works for a contracting company doesn't like you... They will end your career path.

    Cons

    Just the Contracting companies! These jobs are being performed on behalf of the US Government, employees should all be Feds. Did you know they don't drug test contractors? Lot's of people out there should be tested!

    Advice to Management

    Did you know that contractors are not drug tested? Lot's of people out there should be tested!


  9. Good benefits, good work conditions.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    one day per week telework. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The federal bureaucracy is hard to deal with.


  10. Worked in space management, design & construction.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Aerospace Engineering Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment, work schedule, and job security.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the career ladder due to the "get in line and wait for your turn" mind set. Lack of training. Federal government does not have a mandatory retirement age, if you are young be prepare to carry more "weight".

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees accountable to the job they sign up for. Management needs to recognize hard working people



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