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  1. Program Assistant

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at FCC (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to industry leaders. Very laid back environment compared to private sector. At the same time, there is an intellectually serious atmosphere and a culture of service. FCC employees truly care about the organization's mission.

    Cons

    None that I could see aside from not managing interns on our project very closely.

    Advice to Management

    Promising interns should be actively groomed and others, weeded out.

  2. FCC Law Jobs: Great Work-Life Balance, Good Benefits

    Former Employee - FCC Lawyer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - FCC Lawyer in Washington, DC

    I worked at FCC full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Balance
    Good Benefits, e.g., health care, etc.
    Much more pleasant than working in a big law firm.
    No need to worry about billable hours, client recruiting, etc.
    Work is in the public interest.

    Cons

    By big law firm standards, compensation is not high.
    Work can be repetitive and sometimes dull.
    Not a very social work environment, e.g., no after-work happy hours. A con for some people, but not for others.

  3. Be wary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at FCC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you are interested in the regulation of telecommunications, this is 1 of a few places for you. Lawyers get top billing here, economists follow, then engineers. If you want to be part of the in crowd, you must be a part of one of these groups. Non members may be marginalized.

    Cons

    Management may vary by bureau. In some instances management is adolescent, including the emotional segregation of employees that have erred or ended up on the undesirable list. Morale in some offices is low.

    Advice to Management

    Find enlightenment, not the staring at your belly button type, but post industrial revolution: Henry Ford's school of management is ineffective. Use FCC University to enhance employee skills, invest in your employees and align your interests with their aspirations.

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  5. Electrician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC

    Pros

    Good place to work and good people to work with

    Cons

    Hours didn't work out for me

  6. Great place to work

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    • 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 FCC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very family friendly, great training, good people and benefits

    Cons

    leadership changes at least every 4 years

    Advice to Management

    accountability

  7. Staff Attorney

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Some work schedule flexibility, depending on what group you're in.

    Cons

    Salary is ABSOLUTELY NOT a reason to take a job here. Managers are not made/promoted based on actual ability to manage people. Bureaucracy can be absolutely maddening. We regulate communications, but our own internal communications are a joke - even our "new" tech purchases are obsolete before they're implemented. And constant budget battles have completely eliminated the stability that federal jobs used to offer.

    Advice to Management

    When people start leaving a particular Bureau, Division or group in droves, it's time to look at what's going on with the managers and how they treat the staff. It often feels like the inmates are running the asylum around here. There's a problem when a staff person is told she can't take a detail or move to another group to expand her experience/try something new because the managers above her DON'T KNOW WHO WOULD THEY COULD FIND TO DO HER CURRENT JOB. And if a Bureau Chief can take two MONTHS of leave off at one time (not for maternity or sick leave) without the world coming to an end, managers shouldn't be monitoring staff requests (with the implied possibility of denying them) for leave of 2 or more WEEKS at a time. NO ONE is indispensable or irreplaceable.

  8. A place rife with anger and abuse

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at FCC as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    From the outside it appears as if you were a permit staff member, which I was not, that there is allot of "telecommuting" which would lend its self well to working at home and consequently a supportive place to work if you have a family. In fact most of the staff members namely the attorneys were hardly in their offices at all during the limited time I was in the building.

    Cons

    There is a culture here of extreme conservatism and intolerance towards lower "ranks". This is evident by the abundant permeation of one kind of aggressive, religious culture. This raises a few concerns for me as it is government agency designed to be impartial and it must be possible to encourage a more tolerant work environment if for nothing else then to adhere to legal standards. Who is doing the hiring and how they are they screening for such concentrated zealous personalities? Also as an outsider and temporary staff member the abuse that was inflicted on the support staff on the building was something notorious. It was an understanding amongst the building technicians and engineers that this was a place where an unusual amount of belligerent and abusive comments and actions were made. Some of the treatment doled out to the different support staff members I witnessed bordered on being illegal in terms of contributing to a hostile workplace.

    Advice to Management

    You have a potential law suit on your hands should you allow your established staff members to continue to abuse and demean the very essential components of your organization that make the building run. The job I had was temporary in nature and involved nuts and bolts activities at various governmental agencies through out DC and this was by far the place I was warned repeatedly about the most about in terms of potential damage the staff would inflict on our team. I brushed this off as rumor only to be confronted with what I can only describe as punitive and oppressive treatment that I couldn't believe was legal.

  9. Novel / multi arena job

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    Former Employee - District Director
    Former Employee - District Director

    I worked at FCC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Varied work. Exposure to multiple disciplines. Work in both technical arena and administrative law enforcement. Work schedule flexibility. Small teams and direct interface with management structure.

    Cons

    Perks as compared to industry is sad. Budgetary restrictions. Limited training budget. Field staff under appreciated and supported. 24/7 aspect of the work. Technical work hampered by political environment at times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the field structure and staff. Tailor data acquisition to the task at hand and not to reporting requirments.

  10. Central to the tech world, still a bureaucracy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Federal employees have great hours and benefits. Get to work on policy issues and read about them in the press.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is for real and will drive you crazy.

  11. Great work/life balance, little advancement opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at FCC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to have a family and work on interesting topics.
    Teleworking and various employee inclusion events.

    Cons

    No advancement outside of the position you were hired for.
    Positions for advancement come too few and far in between.

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