FDA
3.6 of 5 104 reviews
www.fda.gov Silver Spring, MD 5000+ Employees

FDA Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 104 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

(41 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance as long as your group is not under staffed"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Job security - very few people get fired when they would have been if they worked in private industry"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "no full-time positions for international students"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Red-tape, salaries not competitive with private sector, politics is still there, some miscommunication between parts of the agency"
    in 4 reviews
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    good work environment

    Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    White Oak, MD

    Proseasy peers; flexible work schedule

    Conslack of motivation; hiring process is low

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micro Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere were great opportunities to interface with the public .

    ConsThe management is out of control. They allow discrimination and they micro manage.

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    It is wonderful to work here.

    Orise Fellow (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsAs FDA is a very important part of the federal system, it is very stable compared to many other federal institutes. I like the easy going atmosphere of the place and the variety of people working in a wide range of subject matters.

    ConsLimited opening in terms of full-time jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe hiring process needs fixing. they are making it difficult to join as a contractor but they are not hiring enough full time employees either.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    the training was good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone working there is smart

    ConsYou don't have your own space to work

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    My experience over the past 6 years has been informative and challenging.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking in the field affords great exposure to the breadth of the Agency's public health responsibilities.

    ConsI have found it challenging in dealing with the careerist culture (resistance to conceptual ways of doing things that deviate from how they have always done it).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt shouldn't take 6 to 7 months to back fill Director level positions and 45 day details only exacerbate the underlying stress of inconsistency in varying managerial approaches.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslooks good on your resume

    Consit was really boring and unfulfilling

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    Internship

    Office Automation Clerk (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsGreat pay for a college student. Had my own office. Great group of people to work with made me feel very welcomed my summer there in Rockville,MD.

    ConsI did not have any cons.

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    Greater people

    Supervisory Medical Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat learning experience for regulatory piece of drug and device development

    ConsIt's still the goverment. Things move slow

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess beurocracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great post doc positions

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    College Park, MD

    ProsGreat opportunity to get experience with cutting-edge instruments

    ConsLittle chance of promotion, not based on performance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An exciting, great organization

    Management Analyst (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsWorld class scientists, dedication to mission, important work, public health impact, team effort

    ConsTrue for all government, reduced budgets means more work for all employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to listen to your front-line SMEs as you make your decisions that impact regulations and the approval process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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