FAA
3.5 of 5 118 reviews
www.faa.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

FAA Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.5 118 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta

Michael P. Huerta

(19 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Job Security and good people overall work there"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "rotating shifts, poor management, stress"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Rotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture"
    in 5 reviews
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not honest they maded a movies of us orphans called head of state unathor moviie

Government Contract Secretary (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at FAA full-time for more than 10 years

Proseasy scan off gov contracts strrets sale body come in by radio see what going on

Conscontracts not completed there work

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Busy, under appreciated, slave labor

Technical Writer (Former Employee)
Renton, WA

I worked at FAA as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIf you area full time employee, the pay is ridiculously high, and you don't have to work that hard.

ConsIf you're into an old school environment, being treated like a slave, no perks (lousy coffee), poor cafeterias, noisy working conditions, this is your place.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your contractors as though you depend on them, and that they are important, especially those who don't make your Air Traffic union-extorted, exorbitant salaries! don't treat them like slaves to be seen, but not heard.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Painful

Management and Program Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsGood benefits, job security, cool area

ConsThey do not fire terrible employees,

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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My job experience in working in 3 lines of businesses has been repeatedly disappointing and frustrating.

Support Specialist (Current Employee)
Renton, WA

I have been working at FAA

ProsI like having the ability to contribute to public safety.
The job is stable and the benefits are good.
There are a lot of opportunities to learn about aviation.

ConsOverall, the management and leadership are abysmal. Employee morale is low. The FAA repeatedly shows up on the bottom of the list of the best government agencies to work for. Micromanagement and incompetence are rampant.

The bureaucracy is stifling. Many departments provide redundant services. It is hard to move around within the agency, and if you are not an engineer or an air traffic controller, it is even harder.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to actually manage your departments and provide some vision and leadership. Being a manager is more than telling your subordinates "because I said so."

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not the place to come for attorneys who have ambition.

Attorney (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at FAA

ProsGreat flexibility in your schedule.

ConsNo training, promotions based on favoritism, disparate work assignments.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou shouldn't be a manager if you are trying to get your name in the Marquis lights. Your job is to train and develop your employees. If you do that well, you are a good manager. If you help your employees work like a team, then you are a great leader. But, if what you are seeking is to make a name for yourself as a great attorney, then go work for a private law firm where you can prove yourself. Otherwise, your victory will be like celebrating art in a dark closet. If you came to government, chances are you are lacking somewhere - don't make others pay for your inability to shine in the real world.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Could be so much better with inspired leadership

Front Line Manager (Current Employee)
Aurora, IL

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

ProsGenerous benefit package, interesting work, cool equipment, early retirement, decent pay

ConsRotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open and honest with employees, allow employees choices whenever possible

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's an ok place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe people I work with are nice.

ConsNo room to move forward unless you are actually in the aviation field, like a former pilots or mechanics. People have been there for years and do the bare minimum just to get step increases. As soon as things are about to change, people start retiring in droves to avoid changing or learning new technology.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore growth for non aviation related careers To government in general, re-evaluate the grade system, or do away with it all together, need to structure and act more like private industry, where advancement is based on actual merit, not longevity, then the government would be more productive and proactive.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FAA

Proscoworkers are nice and pleasant people

Conspoorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

Advice to Senior Managementfix pay

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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FAA: For better or for worse.

Aviation Safety Inspector (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsStability, pay, lack of required production.

ConsOrganizational pursuit of mediocrity. Threatened by excellence.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit promoting under educated unenlightened desk monitors.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poorly qualified supervisors and trained controllers.

Air Traffic Controller (Former Employee)
Leesburg, VA

I worked at FAA full-time for more than 10 years

ProsProud to be a good air traffic controller.

ConsLow standards for training new people.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire qualified people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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