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FEMA Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
98 Reviews
3.4
98 Reviews
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Jason McNamara
28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Helping people when you are deployed (in 10 reviews)

  • Great job and wonderful people to work with (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • You work long hours and mostly the management simply doesn't seem to care how hard you work (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.  

    A gratifying and learning/fulfilling experience over a total of 12 years ending in 2004, Fluor Federal Services 2013.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Experienced a variety of geographical areas, people and their backgrounds relating to infrastructure, proved to be very informative and enlightening. Served much time out in the pacific arena and across the country.

    Cons

    Serving within a large scale of government function, personal needs and opinions are more difficult to deliver to above management in a way to generate positive changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill and advocate a system of operations that in fact demands input and opinions from the entire staffing within an outlined structure to ensure that total across the board input is heard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Review, analyze, administer, negotiate, and award contracts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist

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

    Pros

    Working to accomplish FEMA's Mission.

    Cons

    Rather not share at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  3.  

    Too much dysfunction

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The salary is generous and the work is not boring at all.

    Cons

    Silos, cliques, disparity in treatment based on appointment, processes and systems that inhibit efficiency and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate an environment that doesn't create class system based on PFT, CORE, Reservists and time with the Agency or how many disasters/deployments worked.

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  5.  

    Good Place for Government Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Chief in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Branch Chief in Washington, DC

    I worked at FEMA

    Pros

    There is a real sense of mission for most that work there. The leadership over the last few years is genuinely interested in improving the capabilities of the organization.

    Cons

    The is still some government employee dead weight, people simply waiting to retire. This is sometimes problematic because they are visible de-motivators for the rest of the staff. The Peter Principle does apply in some cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you good staff.

  6.  

    Working as a reservist for FEMA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Reservist in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Reservist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FEMA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Traveling and meeting new people is a great experience. When disaster strikes, you get deployed around the country to help people get back on their feet. It is an amazing feeling to know that you can help someone and working as a reservist gives you that opportunity.

    Cons

    Deployment don't happen too often. You can wait for a deployment for months. When you get a request to deploy, it may happen in the least expected time and you may not even respond to it due to other life circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for reservists.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    FEMA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FEMA

    Pros

    lots of good experience, working with people who have been around it all, great exposure, interesting concepts. All in all working for FEMA is awesome....if you can get in.

    Cons

    Veterans preference is a difficult situation; especially in STUDENT positions. It's almost impossible to land a job with FEMA if you don't have multiple years experience or previously worked in law enforcement/military/FEMA. They say it's hard to get into the government, but this is ridiculous. And it doesn't matter who you know, they won't help you get into FEMA. As long as they're in, they don't care about anyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more recent graduate for hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Contract Work w/FEMA - National Disasters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Disaster Housing Inspector in Winchester, VA
    Current Contractor - Disaster Housing Inspector in Winchester, VA

    I have been working at FEMA as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Extremely gratifying in that it offers the opportunity to change lives ... doing critical work in an extremely intense environment.

    Cons

    Sporadic opportunities - only occurs when there is a sizable national disaster, requiring hundreds of inspectors to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The FEMA Paradox

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FEMA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    FEMA has one of the best missions in government, and it attracts many applicants who are looking for the excitement of working on disasters. Most of your colleagues care deeply about the mission and its success, and it is a "noble calling." There is great teamwork and camaraderie on disasters, although there is plenty of frustration as well.

    Cons

    FEMA's business systems are not strong, and decisions are delayed until the last minute or worse. Employees sometimes joke at FEMA "Unless its an emergency, we won't manage it."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving systems and employee development opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA

    Pros

    Working all over the US and helping survivors during a time in need.

    Cons

    Never know when you are going to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to improve on delegating.

  11.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FEMA

    Pros

    They are very large and it is hard to understand the big picture of an organization that large. There are a lot of good people trying to do a lot of good work

    Cons

    There are a lot of changes in the division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    additional benefits would be geat

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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