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Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. consumer safety officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    stable training industry experience decent benefits career growth opportunity

    Cons

    boring actual regulations misaligned with agency values


  2. Research Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can gain experience in research

    Cons

    The funding sources are uncertain


  3. great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Sense of doing something valuable to public health

    Cons

    Nothing major. Funding opportunities are getting limited


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Adminstrative Support Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were good and there was a great balance of work life because once you are done with your 8 hours there is no expectation to stay longer.

    Cons

    Unorganized centers.Poor leadership in many of the offices. And the lack of expectation from supervisors causes there to be a lot of lazy employees or even people with high pay grades that do significantly less work than those making less than them.

    Advice to Management

    -find supervisors that know how to deal with people


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Training and Work Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Lots of resources & training opportunities available - Great work life balance - Great friendly people

    Cons

    - Remarkable bureaucratic barriers which stifle innovation - Numerous eloquent incompetents - HR rules make it exorbitantly difficult to reward high performer, or punish poor ones - Lots of process inefficiency

    Advice to Management

    - FDA needs a strong project management office - Business cases - Data driven management - Better tracking


  7. Senior Regulatory Management Officer

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

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Positive impact on the public health Evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical products prior to entering the market Flexible workplace agreements

    Cons

    Promotions are generally not well correlated with performance

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the Quality Step Increase process more to recognize outstanding performance


  8. Great Experience, Slow Organization

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

    Pros

    Learning a lot of regulatory review processes, how to incorporate all stakeholders, and streamline public health under standards of safety and efficacy. There needs to be more freedom for individuals to carry out their projects.

    Cons

    3 Recurring Problems everyone talks about: HR - Impossible to get someone you want hired due to government policies Clearances - Extremely complicated to do any real work without going through bureaucratic processes Parking - There is none because budget didn't get approved

    Advice to Management

    There are great leaders and then there are people who happen to be in leadership positions. The latter is more true and they should realize their role would be better served by other more capable leaders. Working in the shadow government is more important to mid-level career employees who want to make change...and if they get frustrated, they leave and you loose all the good people anyways.


  9. AVOID Office of Policy and Risk Management in Office of Regulatory Affairs

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    If you work here, you will qualify for BETTER "FDA-only" jobs, presumably where the managers may be keeping their BPD under better control. Some of the jobs merit more than 3 stars, some less.

    Cons

    Some political appointees don't recognize it's their job to get out of the way and let the staff do their work. To the person who said there were "Numerous eloquent incompetents," I salute you - perfect way to describe these appointees.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire your friends and are pressured to hire those with contacts in Congress, make sure they weren't asked to leave their previous job, or don't put them in supervisory positions. If you are the incompetent political appointee, make sure the "contacts" you are going to brag about having will be willing to help you when you leave to make more money.


  10. Decent Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, government benefits (e.g. stable job, regular salary raises, work at home), some project work outside of regular responsibilities, good job for people who have families and need flexible and steady work hours

    Cons

    -Slow start to position and slow work after I had started my real responsibilities -Work is not super challenging so as a first job out of college I'm not putting my degree to use as much as I'd like, not that much room for different work unless you switch positions


  11. Helpful (5)

    Consumer Safety Officer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting science based law experiences, intelligent ethical colleagues are dedicated to public health, and you have a chance to make a tangible contribution toward consumer protection.

    Cons

    Field work is understaffed. Expect overtime that is not clearly stated in the job description. Each three week multi-assignment trip requires all the allotted 45 hours of overtime to accomplish the assignments according to Agency compliance program guidance manual requirements. If you don't cover everything, your performance rating and the consumer suffer the consequences. Additional overtime is required to meet assignment due dates or short reporting timeframes for violative inspections. The routine overtime, stress of seeing problems and then trying to get document information from uncooperative industry representatives, supervisors constantly pushing people to get their numbers, and directed (mandatory) inspection assignments in third world countries when there are no volunteers causes people to breakdown with fatigue or leave without even having a job to go to. Compensation is less than the industry QA counterparts with similar education and experience, that fly business class, have no equivalent requirement to collect evidence or write detailed reports. The expected 50% travel, overtime, and directed assignments will strain relationships if you have a family, and if you don't have a family you won't have a social life.



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