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FEMA Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
91 Reviews
3.6
91 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Contract Work w/FEMA - National Disasters

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disaster Housing Inspector in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - 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
  2.  

    The FEMA Paradox

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    • 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
  3.  

    Good Company

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    • 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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  5.  

    A positive work environment in the Shenandoah Valley!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Winchester, VA

    I worked at FEMA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual environment combined with flexible hours and the security of the Feds with other Fed agencies nearby for career growth as needed--If you are considering IT in the Feds but relocating to the Blue Ridge is a concern, make a visit first and then decide...

    Cons

    More frequent interaction with SW DC FEMA headquarters on an individual basis is needed for more operations empathy. Also more social outlets for younger employees across all Valley Fed agencies (IRS, Army Corps, etc) would help. Also the Valley housing market can seem confusing---It's both an exurb of Washington/Baltimore and out in the country at the same time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    FEMA Contractor TAC

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA

    Pros

    Great job and wonderful people to work with. Assisted the community in rebuild following the natural disaster. Worked with the governors office, local mayors, counties and public communities to rebuild storm damaged elements.

    Cons

    They follow a chain of command similar to a military structure. Good for delivering services during a disaster.

    Recommends
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    videograpgher/editor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincroft, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincroft, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. The intent of the agency to help the general public is good.

    Cons

    It's the government and therefore a bureaucracy which tends to get jammed up with policy, politics and rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The agency is in a very difficult political dilemma. It's hands are tied when it comes to state control.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely tedious with an overload of information in a short amount of time.

    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The information presented was resourceful and insightful and the ability to work at my own pace allowed me to advance as quickly as I wanted.

    Cons

    Very monotonous and tedious material to read if you are not truly interested in the module. The material can be quite challenging to absorb.

  10.  

    Large and bureaucratic organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Assistance Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Individual Assistance Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at FEMA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to help disaster victims. Good money and the opportunity to get into the federal government Opportunity to travel and meet new people.

    Cons

    Long hours and need to be able to go anywhere on short notice. Management is driven by need to satisfy their own professi0onal and personal needs regardless of what happens to the lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    F.E.M.A. was a great experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Great professional experience and awesome training.

    Cons

    The work is very temporarily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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