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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice work if you can cut it

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

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

    Pros

    Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other. The pay and benefits are great. You have to spend some time in Oklahoma City, a lot of people don't like it, but I think it's a fun town.

    Cons

    Working on holidays, weekends, and overnights. Many controllers are gossipy. People have (and for good reason) and generally negative view of management. It's the type of job where you can either do it or you can't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not much support for the non-Controller workforce

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    There are some very wonderful people

    Cons

    Inequity of pay, limited ability for upward movement, management has not been empowered or educated enough to lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't know everything, it's okay if an administrative person knows more than you about anything

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

    High Stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Aurora, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, job security. Exciting, fast paced, high stress! Overall the majority of co-workers are type A personalities. Highly driven to succeed and willing to prove they are right all the time.

    Cons

    24/7 work schedule...Holidays with the Family forget about for 10 years, Overall the majority of co-workers are type A personalities. Highly driven to succeed and willing to prove they are right all the time. Not a job for people with meek personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget where you came from.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller Trainee in Westbury, NY
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller Trainee in Westbury, NY

    I worked at FAA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The salary was good, clean environment, and a haven for aviation lovers.

    Cons

    Sucks being a trainee. Constantly being looked down upon, yelled at, and ridiculed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding of the trainees

  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Columbia, SC

    I worked at FAA full-time (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
  7.  

    I enjoyed working with the FAA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Travel, Education, Safety, working environment.

    Cons

    Hours, management, management, management, management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    This seemed like a good idea at the time

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time (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
  9.  

    Great time off!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Career, Terrible Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Atss in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Atss in Nashua, NH

    I have been working at FAA full-time (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

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