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FAA Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
154 Reviews
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154 Reviews
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Pros
  • Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other (in 8 reviews)

  • Job security is decent even with sequester (in 14 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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  1.  

    Great agency most of the ti

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, work life, goo valence

    Cons

    It is government after all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work.

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere nice building friendly people

    Cons

    Public transportation no trains near by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust attitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Big bureaucracy, little cross department accountability

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

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

    Pros

    compensation is very good for federal employment
    your job is as good as your supervisor

    Cons

    sometimes your career is dependent on factors for with you have no control
    competence varies greatly from exceptional to exceptionally bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best Place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very agile Govt agency. Client just doesn't spend citizen's tax money, they do have a vision and a strategy to align IT investments with the business goals.

    Cons

    Not a very highly paid company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand the potential of your employees and clients and provide an appropriate role to them that fits their talent instead of assigning any task to anybody.

  6.  

    air traffic controller at National Airport.

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

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

    Pros

    aviation is wonderful....something new happens every day....you cannot make a mistake so every day
    is perfect. Everyone respects the ATC and the job he does.

    Cons

    equipment breaks down much too often. The controller must maintain strict awareness 100% of the
    time while on duty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Proactive Agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Convenient to Metro
    Autonomy when leadership is happy with your work output

    Cons

    Always proactive never reactive. Multiple meetings to discuss what was discussed - wasted time. Things have to go through several layers of approval before it's actually given any thought. Nepotism and favoritism is rampant. Disconnect between what senior leadership verbalizes and what actually happens at the worker level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to employees. Enforce policy and procedures. Encourage cooperation and foster good customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have enjoyed my time at the FAA but it's time to move on

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

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

    Pros

    The office I work in provides me with a lot of Independence and I am not micromanaged. I work on my projects and meet my deadlines, which keeps my management happy.

    Cons

    The biggest con of working here (and probably at most government agencies) is the unfair distribution of the work load. If you are productive and get work done, then they pile the work on you, knowing that the project will get done. If you are lazy and unproductive, eventually management doesn't want to deal with you and just stops giving you work. This makes it harder on the employees that actually care and function. It breeds a lot of resentment (for me personally) and is the reason I'm looking for a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with your poor performers! Not only for their sake, but for the sake of your other valuable employees who carry most of the workload and will eventually get really resentful at the amount of work they have to do while others waste time, and therefore leave. Or if they decide not to leave, eventually they will stop caring and you'll have another unproductive warm body to deal with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Contractor w/ the FAA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    This is a very good place to work.

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Personal growth and reaching my full potential

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to expand one's learning, skills and role in the agency by taking on assignments, creating a working network of professionals in the agency, learning to work around frustrations inherent in large institutions.

    Cons

    It is a large agency and one can feel pigeonholed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the long-standing senior executives and managers are in positions too long without learning and experiencing what their employees really have to do to get work accomplished. Perhaps some of these senior people need to move around once in a while. Often it appears that most qualified people are passed over.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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