FAA Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
147 Reviews
3.5
147 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other (in 8 reviews)

  • Job security is decent even with sequester (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Rotating shifts, tough to get time off (in 7 reviews)

  • Rotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Contractor w/ the FAA

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FAA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You're given a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Not the best space for opportunity if you are a contractor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's a government job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance, could coordinate travel schedule

    Cons

    Work pace was very slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great for an independent

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    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst/Instructor  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst/Instructor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at FAA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work well alone - you are good

    Treated well and professionally

    Cons

    Communication is sparse
    Little to no training provided

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate expectations a little better. Maybe repeat it after the initial time, to allow some digestion of a lot of information.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The FAA is a positive, nurturing environment with lots of room for advancement and opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Computer Specialist  in  Pomona, NJ
    Former Employee - Computer Specialist in Pomona, NJ

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    The fast-paced day-to-day details made the day go by very fast.

    Cons

    Some people can't handle the pressure...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging Work, Good Benefits

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    - Service to flying public
    - Challenging; it doesn't get boring
    - Good pay, benefits, and retirement

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy
    - We've turned over the rule-making functions to those who have no knowledge of air traffic
    - Rotating shift work is a major strain
    - Little access to computers, and what we do have are out of date, secure-to-the-point-of-being-unusable computer systems
    - Inequity between different facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take back control of the agency, and let your experts (the ones actually working the airplanes day in and day out) advise you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A wonderful experience

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Allowed to develop leadership

    Cons

    constant reorganization conditioned a person to be flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to show development initiative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great pay and benefits. Great diverse group of individuals

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Has great job security, and a ton of great people working for them. No work on holidays and its paid, and working on the weekends is for the most part unheard of.

    Cons

    Not alot of administrative positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for admistrative to have some upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    FAA doesn't value education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The average pay is good. Job security is decent even with sequester.

    Cons

    Friends of Managers get promotions regardless of experience, knowledge or ability.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Phenomenal!

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    Former Employee - Aviation Clerk  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Aviation Clerk in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at FAA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, great mission and vision; exceptional support from management.

    Cons

    There really are no cons to working at the FAA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great office culture; keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This is a very good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The management is effective, and the culture is supportive.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities may be limited, due to stability of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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