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  1.  

    a foot in the door for a fresh graduate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    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 ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ready to Go

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    FDA Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    FDA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexible, work is easy, people seem to care about their work.

    Cons

    Its the government, with all the cons that entails.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    NONE

  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Intern - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

    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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting, important agency with good work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Good work experience, but disorganized and inefficient.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Contractor - Biomedical Engineer in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at FDA as a contractor (less than a 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
  10.  

    Smart people doing good work to protect the public health

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding priceless experience worth experiencing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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

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