FCC Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
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  1.  

    Novel / multi arena job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Director
    Former Employee - District Director

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    A place rife with anger and abuse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC as a contractor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work/life balance, little advancement opportunity

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Friendly, collaborative atmosphere. Great benefits, a great many opportunities for advancement, flexible work arrangements including telecommuting.

    Cons

    You're at the whims of the federal government budgeting process which lately has added uncertainty in terms of furloughs, hiring and advancement, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more broadly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I enjoyed my time at FCC for a time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and willing to work with you at times

    Cons

    Too many people trying to be there on boss.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Law school internship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC

    Pros

    Great exposure to learning the regulatory challenges and policy priorities in an agency dealing with the fastest growing, fastest innovating segment of the economy.

    Cons

    Understandably a gov't agency may not be able to have as much time and organizational resource as a private company would to tailor an internship program. The position was unpaid though I did receive a public service stipend from my law school.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall experience depends on the Chair and his/her staff

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC

    Pros

    Many intelligent and generally kind coworkers
    Work on policies that impact all citizens and some of the most important sectors in our economy

    Cons

    Few opportunities to advance or develop new skills
    Poor formal training and employee education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose senior advisors with more professional and/or industry-specific experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FCC

    Pros

    Great opportunities for anyone interested.

    Cons

    Long hours for staff that are just starting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider advancement from within your ranks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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