FDA Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
119 Reviews
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119 Reviews
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance as long as your group is not under staffed (in 11 reviews)

  • Working in the field affords great exposure to the breadth of the Agency's public health responsibilities (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • no full-time positions for international students (in 5 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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  1.  

    Interesting, important agency with good work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Compelling public health mission; dynamic environment; large, diverse agency with multiple career paths; support for good work/life balance; support for telework.

    Cons

    Challenging budget climate and funding model; difficult to access via public transportation; agency manages multiple and conflicting roles and stakeholders leading to contentious decisions. Space is also a significant challenge on the White Oak campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider implementing additional opportunities for compensation and benefits, particularly related to education, professional development, and student loan forgiveness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work experience, but disorganized and inefficient.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Exposure to many different processes and devices. People are very intelligent and hardworking, and care about the work they do.

    Cons

    Low pay, although benefits and time off are quite good. Disorganized operations. Culture and experience highly dependent upon which division you are working in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to streamline operations. So many processes are sluggish because everything continues to be done the way it's always been done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smart people doing good work to protect the public health

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Regulatory Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Super smart peers, interesting work, good environment, commitment to public health, relatively nice facilities

    Cons

    Red-tape, salaries not competitive with private sector, politics is still there, some miscommunication between parts of the agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up good work but could do better job recruiting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    summer internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Internship in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Summer Internship in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    it is research oriented in practice

    Cons

    not very much different from school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding priceless experience worth experiencing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Experience, scientific volume, scientific exposure, incredible learning curve, excellent uber-intelligent colleagues.
    It is what you make of it and the opportunities abound - but it is what you endeavor to ultimately achieve that matters most.

    Cons

    Government process and salary - worth every penny of sacrifice in salary for long-term prospects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the stellar job.
    Not that management is perfect but it what you learn from their varied approaches that build your strengths and diminish your weaknesses.
    The most important part about management is their collegial support in developing your career.
    Ultimately, it is what you make of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good start to get wide exposure to the regulatory side of the medical device industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    The position allows flexibility in terms of work hours (any 80) and a superb work/life balance.

    Cons

    The occasion to be recognized for outstanding review work is extremely rare.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working as a temporary scientist (biologist) at FDA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    The workload is pretty low. Bosses are easily satisfied.

    Cons

    Research is not highly appreciated by senior management.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    a good place for just research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Easy working environment for researchers in early career stage

    Cons

    Not permanent. Not sponsor visa

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sponsor H1-B visa for foreigners

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Scientific Reviewers are good engineers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Deputy Division Director in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and good colleagues Nice facilities

    Cons

    Deadlines, User fees, large branches

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Government employment is NOT lazy work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Work Schedule
    -Telecommuting encouraged
    - Work with smart people

    Working at FDA is not a lazy government job. There are exciting things happening in the world of drug development and the results are seen firsthand in your job. If you are interested in leading edge medicine this job is for you.

    Cons

    -Large workload
    -telecommuting expenses not reimbursed (i.e. internet, printer needs)

    The new FDA campus is running out of room and employees are expected to address this issue by working at home more and giving up desk space. The planning process for the campus was not well thought out. Additionally, the workload of senior management is large and this creates a bottleneck in completing tasks. Although they are willing to delegate some items, it is by no means done enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to employees needs and act on them
    -Encourage more time with senior management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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