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FDA Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
132 Reviews
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132 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great place to grow your career and develop skills

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    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Working with young, motivated colleagues, flexibility, benefits, lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    Slow advancement, some people that have been there for years are complacent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not for young people

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a research fellow, the pay rate is OK. Of course higher than being a research assistant at school. Good life-work balance.

    Cons

    Such life style may not be what you like ......

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    ORISE Fellow

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    Current Employee - Interdisciplinary Scientist in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Interdisciplinary Scientist in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very international. Excellent facilities

    Cons

    Americans are a bit quiet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you haven't been there 30 years, don't bother

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Counsel in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Regulatory Counsel in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Very few at the Center for Drug Research. Its as if the drinking water has some chemical substance and they've all drunk at the wheel.

    Cons

    No parking, cramped offices, nasty folks, why bother. No creativity, lots of templates, but poor systems to help locate what is needed. Lots of wasted time doing projects that don't go anywhere - the Chief Counsel's office vetos almost everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some real attorneys in house who work for you and not the department. Don't assign busywork - you are wasting taxpayer resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work and opportunities, some government bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Public health mission underneath it all. In general, people who work there are good, dedicated in my opinion. For those early in career, you'll learn quite a bit and gain broad exposure. For those late in career, stability. Work-life balance is what you make of it. Flexible workplace arrangements, when exercised, are a good option for all.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy can be frustrating. Change is non-existent at times. The negative effects of the political process (e.g. Shutdown) at times can be maddening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change culture to empower employees. They work for the public, not for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting mission and work. Government bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good opportunity for those wanting stability and work-life balance. Many people are drawn to mission focus and are dedicated to their work. If not experienced, the breadth of exposure and training opportunities are generally a plus. People are generally good.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy and typical federal employee stereotypes exist. Career advancement can be slow and you're affected by nonsensical political by products (budgets, shutdowns). Management lacks leadership and increasingly resembles political employees the higher you go up the chain. Risk averse culture of thinking in all ways and inability of system to change for the better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    FDA Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great experience, very versatile and a lot of freedom to get things accomplished.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Could use a bit more structure/communication in the hiring process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation and training more structured.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interdisciplinary and collaborative environment

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    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learn both practical and theoretical knowledge with the research done here, as findings at the FDA will directly impact the regulatory base for the industry

    Cons

    Process of exploring and applying findings to new papers or regulations is very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very good learning experience for the interns. Giving a list of pre-requisite readings or knowledge base would help clarify the aim of some of the projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A place looking to foster nnovation and change

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    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    New mandates providing new requirement occur every few years, makes for dynamic environment. Opportunities to work from home multiple days a week, mentoring, and training

    Cons

    Change, as with much of government, is slow. Federal funding to support non-mandated, yet needed, programs are dependent of available fiscal funds

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    a foot in the door for a fresh graduate

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    federal job, security and perks

    Cons

    low on innovation, not a great place to be long term if you have research on your mind because of its regulatory focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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