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Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work and opportunities, some government bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. FDA Research Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Compensation and training more structured.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Interesting mission and work. Government bureaucracy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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  5. Interdisciplinary and collaborative environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  6. A place looking to foster nnovation and change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  7. a foot in the door for a fresh graduate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDA as a contractor (Less than a 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 Management

    n/a


  8. Helpful (4)

    Ready to Go

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance as long as your group is not under staffed. People are friendly. Good benefits. Great job security.

    Cons

    Very political. Things move super slow. The same few are hand-picked for opportunities. Most of the decisions made by management are illogical and reduce efficiency. Bad workers seem to be rewarded/recognized more than great employees. Some managers and team leaders lack adequate knowledge and management skills for their positions. Few opportunities for professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Reward/recognize talented employees. Get rid of horrible workers. Give opportunities to people who deserve them. Allow employees to get better training and professional development. Listen to employee feedback and take them into consideration when making decisions that affect the work that employees do. We actually really know what we're talking about.


  9. FDA Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and great place to work if your a biomedical engineer. Need to have amazing oral speaking and technical writing skills. Very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    A lot of serious and older people. Most of them are around their 50s but are very nice.


  10. Director

    Former Employee - Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment; great place to work

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy makes it harder

    Advice to Management

    NONE


  11. Had a great group and supportive team that challenged the way I thought about things.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stability. Work friendly environment. Work schedule allows for work life balance because of the accrued time system.

    Cons

    Federal funding structure makes it difficult to acquire a full time position with the agency. You only get in through networking and paying your dues!



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