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Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Promote from Within

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    • 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.


  2. Great place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FAA (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work environment - Coworkers are extremely welcoming - Great work benefits

    Cons

    - Couldn't get paid - Transportation


  3. Bad manager and too many poor performers.

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

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

    Pros

    The pros working at the agency are the job benefits, teleworking, close to the metro, job security and really nothing else.

    Cons

    I don't know where to begin. What surprise me the most is the lack of basic computer skills by the engineers. Most of them delegate thier responsibilities to contractors. Most of the managers are not equipped to lead and manage people. They need to work on their interpersonal skills. When things go wrong, no one is held accountable but the blame should go to the union rather than the agency because they made it impossible for managers to fire poor performers. When things are not getting done, the people that perform well have to carry the load while being underpaid. If you are young, this agency is not ideal to start your career unless you want to become a ATC, inspector or technician.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not going to bother.


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  5. Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Oberlin, OH
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Oberlin, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, decent salary, good benefits

    Cons

    bureaucracy, politics, little merit based reward, some managers seem more interested in their own advancement than yours

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about your career and more about your employees


  6. Writer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer, FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Writer, FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FAA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional dedicated workforce. Interesting and dynamic work environment. Advancement is available if you are self-assertive and aggressively pursue it and are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Management bureaucracy is frustrating. Just doing excellent work at your job will not get you promoted. You have to drive you own career. Your department will always be short on money until the end of the FY, when you must spend all the funding that you were afraid to spend when it was really needed.

    Advice to Management

    If you look out for your workforce, your workforce will look out for you.


  7. Amazing!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Clerk in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - General Clerk in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Great people, and amazing opportunities.

    Cons

    As of now I cant think of anything!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Aviation Safety Inspector

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benifits and you can have some security.

    Cons

    Advancement can be limited by your manager, dont try to improve the system, office likes for inspectors to violate people rather than solve problems. If they dont like you and what you out of the office they can make it tough on you even if other people are doing the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    ONLY if your manager will let you go, does not matter about your experience or education.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not what I expected...

    Former Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at FAA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You work for the federal government so there is job security

    Cons

    You are expected to do the "exact" same work/duties as co-workers earning as much as three times (3x) your pay with no possibility of ever reaching that salary level.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great employees provided great satisfaction.

    Cons

    The worst federal employees ever make managing in this agency a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Run for the hills!! it's not worth the aggrivation. The human nature of bad employees is astounding.


  11. Great Job for Recent College Graduate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed a friendly work environment and the opportunity to learn under experienced, helpful management. Excellent job security and benefits.

    Cons

    Constant travel, sometimes over weekends. Little upward mobility within organization.



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