FCC Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Great opportunity

    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at FCC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues and other interns are very friendly. A lot of support form supervisor.

    Cons

    Very quiet and slow paced work environment.


  2. The FCC Could be a Great Place If Congress fully funded it.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work experience. You will have the opportunity to work on billion dollar mergers and acquisitions and help recommend national policies for an industry that accounts for one sixth of the United States gross domestic product.

    Cons

    Two main downsides that have more to do with the current political climate than the fault of management. First, the agency is underfunded because Congress refuses to increase the annual budget of the Commission. That leads to insufficient staffing, heavier workloads, and no bonuses so management can properly recognize excellent work. This contributes to overworked employees. Second, Congress also refuses to give all federal government employees a cost of living allowance that helps to minimize the impact of inflation. Prior to 2009, federal government employees had always received these allowances. Both of these factors contribute to low morale in the Commission.

    Advice to Management

    Management should try to be more creative in finding other ways to recognize excellent work and reducing staff workloads.


  3. Program Assistant

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCC (Less than a year)

    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.


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

    Former Employee - FCC Lawyer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - FCC Lawyer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCC full-time

    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.


  6. Be wary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FCC full-time

    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.


  7. Electrician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work and good people to work with

    Cons

    Hours didn't work out for me


  8. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FCC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very family friendly, great training, good people and benefits

    Cons

    leadership changes at least every 4 years

    Advice to Management

    accountability


  9. Staff Attorney

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.


  10. Novel / multi arena job

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    Former Employee - District Director
    Former Employee - District Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.



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