FAA Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
141 Reviews

3.6
141 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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  1.  

    Loved the job, my coworkers and the users. Management, not so much!

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Salary, coworkers, benefits, job security.

    Cons

    Labor and management hated one another. Working all three shifts in one week, every week. I never had a Saturday or Sunday weekend for 16 years. You have to retain the same medical clearance as a pilot. Mandatory retirement on your 56th birthday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your focus should be to support the controllers that serve the users. If you don't come to work, the system doesn't even slow down. If the controllers don't come to work, there is no system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I enjoyed working with the FAA

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at FAA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Travel, Education, Safety, working environment.

    Cons

    Hours, management, management, management, management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    This seemed like a good idea at the time

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Unusual to get 1:1 Comp time or 1.5:1 Overtime as an engineer
    Flexible schedule
    Government Benefits and Vacation
    An actual pension plan (thought it isn't what it once was)

    Cons

    A lot of bad frontline managers
    Sequestration hasn't hit as hard as some places but the belt tightens again every year.
    It costs a little piece of my soul every day.
    No obvious way to move up the Payband since step increases were removed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The constant reorganizations are a distraction. Pick an organizational structure and figure out how to optimize it. There are advantages and disadvantages to any plan but there is only chaos from constant, wholesale change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great time off!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    The FAA is a great place to work to balance work and life. You won't be killing yourself here to get ahead. You can take time off pretty easily.

    Cons

    It's the government, bureaucracy at its finest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for training, stop letting the technicians stagnate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Career, Terrible Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA

    Pros

    Great Career, lots of excitement.

    Cons

    Federal employees become political fodder for no reason. What used to be a very stable job environment has become toxic and unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support the controllers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bi-polar environment that thinks it knows what it wants but does nothing to ensure the local goals are achieved.

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    Current Employee - Atss  in  Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Atss in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    pay, flexible schedule (provided you request far in advance), good rate of earning leave once you've been in for 15 yrs, training schedule

    Cons

    work schedule(rotating shifts), required to schedule leave out 1 yr in advance, supervisor can change schedule throughout year after the annual schedule has been established, Congress uses your job as a political football cutting your salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remind the flying public and Congress that FAA actually produces income for the gov't and before FAA was required to be part of the General Fund we were able to cover all of our costs & upgrades and still have a surplus at the end of the year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Not sure, I'm not sure. Not too sure.

    Cons

    You can meet many diff people

  9.  

    FAA Headquarters

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A very good place to work with good benefits.

    Cons

    Like any job--you'll have your good and bad days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An organization starts at the top.

  10.  

    Career in government that is often fast paced and full of change

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    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to relocate and work hard there are many opportunities to excel in the agency. The agency values people that love to work and put in hours both at the job site and at home.

    Many positions allow flexible schedules and 4 day work weeks (10 hour days) but mainly in the unionized positions.

    Plenty of training too, you will be overloaded with the amount of trianing required to have a technical job.

    Cons

    The agency focuses too much on metrics, and not enough on people. They fail to make the connection that treating people well will result in great metric performance. Sadly if you do not meet 100% of goals that are often not related to safety, you are still not up to their expectations. It causes undue stress and can lead to unethical behavior.

    The core comp pay system is an awful answer to the GS scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the reverse discrimination that is ongoing, it affects morale over time.

    Restructure the pay system to attract talent and keep what you do have. The poor performers are the ones that do not strive to leave and accept the pay they have. Turn-over is high and people will often not come to the FAA as an airway transporation systems specialist to start at ~$40-50k when they are making considerably more in the private or military sector doing similar work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life in the FAA

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay, some good people

    Cons

    Different shift everyday, no weekends off, stress, watch your own back with your coworkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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