FEMA Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Helping people when you are deployed (in 10 reviews)

  • Good money and the opportunity to get into the federal government Opportunity to travel and meet new people (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours and need to be able to go anywhere on short notice (in 6 reviews)

  • Also, while on a disaster site you work long hour often seven days a week (in 3 reviews)

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  1. The Shenandoah and Feds provide a Unique Setting!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist, OCIO in Worthington, OH
    Former Employee - IT Specialist, OCIO in Worthington, OH

    I worked at FEMA (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    To have IT opportunities similar to Northern VA with DC within reach and yet out of reach is ideal for dedicated professionals who prefer not to "eat stress"

    Cons

    Trips "down to the Potomac" should be expected and embraced as part of the job, and they may or may not balance out! DC hire ups will also visit Winchester periodically.


  2. basic property management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountable Property Officer in Columbia, MS
    Former Employee - Accountable Property Officer in Columbia, MS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can advance in different areas with great people to work with and the company is wonderful

    Cons

    You never stay at the same location for a long time and all plces are different

    Advice to Management

    Keeping a good work ethic and work in a timely manner. Just make sure the area is always safe


  3. Horribly disorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at FEMA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sense of purpose; disaster work can be stimulating.

    Cons

    Utterly disorganized; seemed like it was made up of at least 12 different organizations (each region, the old-style bureaucrats at headquarters, and the new politicals), none of which liked each other very much. Leadership's style and rhetoric ("everyone an emergency manager") was good PR, but in reality, some were more equal than others - certain people somehow never got sent to a disaster, but others were virtual cannon fodder, marked after an hour and a half of training forever. The agency's response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was an absolute nightmare of inefficiency and incompetence. Everything bad you can imagine, I saw. I think we hurt more people than we helped.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current leadership - there's more to emergency management than good PR. They've got to start actually training and investing in people - otherwise, it's worse than meaningless. These are real people who are hurting that FEMA works with, and it's not good enough to say that people will learn on the job.


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    Federal Gov- pretty much what you would expect

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    So the job has high impact when disasters are occurring, during down time lots of administrative tasking with little impact. Good group of people who care about the mission and doing well.

    Cons

    Down time and busy work quickly kills moral as well as the inability, at times, for the management to make consistent decisions. Lots of quasi deployments with anticipations of being needed, many times not. Aging workforce, so some of the corporate knowledge may leave soon which will be hard to replace, but may refresh atmosphere of stagnation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Tough Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to serve your country and help people on possibly the worst day of their lives, FEMA is the place. Great people who want to make a difference. They are not the FEMA that existed before or immediately after Katrina.

    Cons

    Can't really commit to much outside of work because you never know when a disaster may hit. Hard to get a job if you aren't a Vet.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees.............


  7. Reports

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Just recently started. So fat seems to be a great place to work.

    Cons

    None at this time as just recently started.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  8. Good Agency, Gone Bad

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Relations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Community Relations in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a possiility for growth and promotions, if you enjoy kissing butt and forgetting your morals and professional ethics.

    Cons

    The FEMA mission is always second to personal gain. Each new employee is told the two rules to succeed in FEMA. 1. Show up on time and 2. Keep your mouth shut. It is the same basic rules the Mafia uses or you WILL be terminated.

    FEMA is Management's private entitlement program. If you are "in" you are treated like a human being. If you are "out" you are ignored and assigned to a small room without a window to write nonsense reports that nobody reads . No long lunches, no shopping during work hours, no name on your office door. You functionally don't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not take advice from anyone, except a Congressman or Senator. They smile and look contrite and promise to correct their ways, then walk away laugh and forget it. For a civilian relief agency, FEMA's management have sold their soul to the devil. They have became cold, hardened and.heartless. This inbread cultute is so pervasive, the only way to cure it, is to abolish the agency.


  9. Not bad for government work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is a real sense of being able to actually help people in critical need. Disaster survivors call in to our 800 number and the agency aids them in their recovery.

    Cons

    Being the federal government agency, a lot of the executive level decisions are hampered by congress, the President and whatever other political entity feels they need to voice an opinion. This has often resulted in changes in our daily working guidance, in some cases several times a day. Don't look for common sense to be of any help. Congress outlawed that a long time ago.

    Advice to Management

    The laws that govern what we do at FEMA are solid and shouldn't be tampered with. Let us do our work and help the eligible applicants for disaster assistance and we won't spend any more than we have to.


  10. Procurement Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FEMA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great leadership, room for growth and meaningful work.

    Cons

    There are many people who are very complacent.


  11. External Affairs Specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - External Affairs Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - External Affairs Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at FEMA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Provides great insight into the sausage making of government. Regional offices have little power; policy is set by political appointees in DC and every four years they reinvent the circle.

    Cons

    Missed opportunities to do good for residents and disaster survivors.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on programs and less on personal advancement



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