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FAA Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
159 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job for a sometimes terrible employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Excitement, job satisfaction, doing something that gives one a great sense of self worth and good pay and good benefits make it a good job.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, getting a new boss every 2-4 years when there are national elections. Controllers often don't make good Supervisors of people. The skills that make someone an excellent controller don't often transfer to the management of human beings. There are some that are great, but the vast majority don't do well at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that you are not needed often in day to day operations. You need to learn to back off and trust the people doing the work to do a good job. The best Supervisors are ones that don't have to always be "in charge."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Clerk in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere nice building friendly people

    Cons

    Public transportation no trains near by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust attitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Air traffic controller

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Great Pay and Benefits, very rewarding

    Cons

    Difficult work schedule, working during the holiday season

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  5.  

    Best Place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very agile Govt agency. Client just doesn't spend citizen's tax money, they do have a vision and a strategy to align IT investments with the business goals.

    Cons

    Not a very highly paid company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand the potential of your employees and clients and provide an appropriate role to them that fits their talent instead of assigning any task to anybody.

  6.  

    Big bureaucracy, little cross department accountability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    compensation is very good for federal employment
    your job is as good as your supervisor

    Cons

    sometimes your career is dependent on factors for with you have no control
    competence varies greatly from exceptional to exceptionally bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance, management flexible to your needs, work pressure ebb and flows not constant pressure

    Cons

    limited paths to career growth unless you decide to manage people. Job openings sometimes are too limiting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Some Management is horrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    decent pay, some job security, time off and casual work environment. Office Monday is all football talk and no work.

    Cons

    favoritism, no results, boring tasks, feeling of not accomplishing anything. Pointless meetings, lots of throwing coworkers under the bus when a project doesnt work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to really get the team leads, section and group managers better with people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Psychology Researcher Human Factor Research Division

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Factors Psychology Research in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Human Factors Psychology Research in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    Congenial atmosphere, wealth of new ideas,

    Cons

    Restrictions on budget, cutbacks in personnel, work overload, weak expectations, continuous oversight and extreme
    hierarchical bureaucracy prevents new ideas from coming to fruition, projects are often not seen through to completion.Communication needs complete restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entirely too many layers of management, security of jobs is at the whims of congress, projects are often understaffed, entirely too much reliance on contractors who are not adequately overseen. The FAA is still an old white boys club. Suggest baby boomers get on board or are fast tracked to retirement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great job, lousy employer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Centennial, CO

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

    Pros

    40 Hour work week, get paid while you train.

    Cons

    Abusive management, poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that without the controllers there is no air traffic control. Management is top heavy and unresponsive to controller needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    air traffic controller at National Airport.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    aviation is wonderful....something new happens every day....you cannot make a mistake so every day
    is perfect. Everyone respects the ATC and the job he does.

    Cons

    equipment breaks down much too often. The controller must maintain strict awareness 100% of the
    time while on duty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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