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FAA Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
159 Reviews
3.7
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Could be so much better with inspired leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Aurora, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and honest with employees, allow employees choices whenever possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's an ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are nice.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    coworkers are nice and pleasant people

    Cons

    poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fix pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    FAA: For better or for worse.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Stability, pay, lack of required production.

    Cons

    Organizational pursuit of mediocrity. Threatened by excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit promoting under educated unenlightened desk monitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poorly qualified supervisors and trained controllers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Leesburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Proud to be a good air traffic controller.

    Cons

    Low standards for training new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bureaucratic and frustrating - you don't make a difference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK

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

    Pros

    Mostly stable once permanent but everything take twice as long to get done as in the real world, making it all ineffective.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic baloney, silly actions that do nothing, knee-jerk reactions that waste time and taxpayer's money, twice as much work to get anything done because of red tape and idiotic rules. Federal unions are raping the taxpayers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would have to be at a higher level to do any good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Do not even consider atc

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Money, benefits, frequent breaks, organized agency, you can become a supervisor if you are a horrible controller

    Cons

    Work life balance sucks, you'll never get weekends off unless you have 20 plus years experience, you have to chose leave a year in advance and its based on seniority, it's a macho based high school like environment,, limited career advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grab a headset and work some traffic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    air carrier inspector

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Working with industry folks doing jobs I am quite familiar with. I get a chance to help companies out with knowledge obtained from a career in the industry.

    Cons

    I must violate folks who do not do their job properly, who might sometimes be putting others in jeopardy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let knowledgable folks do what they are good at and do not micro-manage in areas you are not familiar with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    When you're ready to be put out to pasture...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Test Pilot in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Flight Test Pilot in New York, NY

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Time off; Good benefits; Not demanding

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; Incompetent management; Political infighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exert less control on your employees, give them free reign and I think you will be surprised by the results

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Nowhere to go.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Encouragement for fresh ideas.
    Executive Management

    Cons

    No career progression
    Banding system vs. GS

    Doesn't Recommend

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