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FDA Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
132 Reviews
3.7
132 Reviews
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
52 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as your group is not under staffed (in 12 reviews)

  • Working in the field affords great exposure to the breadth of the Agency's public health responsibilities (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • no full-time positions for international students (in 5 reviews)

  • Research is not highly appreciated by senior management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great.

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

    I have been working at FDA as an intern

    Pros

    Nice people, nice location.

    Cons

    The internship did not transition into a position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hiring process easier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Good chances to move up are pretty solid as new jobs are created and other people are transferred or promoted all the time. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes work with people who are underqualified. People do not get fired from FDA for the most part, they just get transferred. Makes working on team projects more hassle than none.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome , Unmatched to other jobs

    Current Employee - ORISE-Contractor in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - ORISE-Contractor in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at FDA (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work at your convenience, Very Friendly and helpful environment

    Cons

    Slow Paced and lacks the motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laurel should have a cafeteria

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Okay.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Office Automation Clerk in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible. Laid back. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Boring. Lack of promotions. Lack of motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    FDA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA

    Pros

    It's government work, so there is stability. You can really earn loads of time off if you ensure you put your initial 240 hours of annual leave away.

    Cons

    Overtime is non-existent, the agency offers "comp time" instead. Yearly performance bonuses are a joke, most people take the time off (which usually ends up in the 3-5 day range). There is a glass ceiling ever present.

  7.  

    work work work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FDA

    Pros

    government work work work work

    Cons

    pay low low low low

  8.  

    good work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in White Oak, MD
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in White Oak, MD

    I have been working at FDA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    easy peers; flexible work schedule

    Cons

    lack of motivation; hiring process is low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Worst job ever and I've worked retail

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Entry Technician in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Data Entry Technician in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at FDA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The reputation. Health benefits. The location. The hours.

    Cons

    Everything else. The pay. The benefits. The lack of promotions. Crappy Xmas parties. Shady back stabbing bosses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pay your people $15 an hour and then treat them like crap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It is wonderful to work here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    Limited opening in terms of full-time jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    the training was good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone working there is smart

    Cons

    You don't have your own space to work

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