FEMA Reviews

Updated August 13, 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. Disaster Generalist Reservist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disaster Generalist/Reservist in Fort Washington, MD
    Former Employee - Disaster Generalist/Reservist in Fort Washington, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FEMA (More than a year)

    Pros

    FEMA provides a good salary.

    Cons

    The position had no cons nor disadvantages.

    Advice to Management

    Not Applicable


  2. Emergency Management NYC

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    Current Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good People I have worked several disasters and I learned a lot about the EM field as a whole

    Cons

    Management can do a better job in taking care of their people. Some managers have no business being in charge of people

    Advice to Management

    Learn your job ..Lead by example


  3. JD Edwards development and support

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at FEMA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working development, business analysis on all modules.

    Cons

    moving out of jd Edwards to java.


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  5. Telework good, open work space not so much...

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Telework, flexibility, and an understanding culture. I used to work for other agencies where the politics were very apparent, while politics exist, most people are focused on the mission

    Cons

    Because of the nature of disaster management the workload can be very unpredictable. The open work space in some of the offices is hard to work in. Also senior management is very disconnected from what is going on at the "worker bee" level

    Advice to Management

    FEMA is an incredibly reactive agency. Implementing more of a methodology and planning would really help decrease the stress of the workplace


  6. Telecommunications Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    Great mission. Flexible work schedule. Management does not micromanage and we all cross train on everyone else's equipment.

    Cons

    Not much room for career growth beyond the GS12 pay scale.

    Advice to Management

    More training missions in the field.


  7. FEMA Reservist, EHP-Great Pay-Hard life

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Only had to work a few months out of the year if I wanted to. Got paid very well while working, and was given housing and a per diem while deployed to disasters. Learned a lot about the FEMA Public Assistance process and the environmental laws involved.

    Cons

    Curmudgeony people most of the time. Constantly working with different folks, so you never know what you're going to get, but you can easily end up working with some very difficult people. In one disaster I was the only EHP person in the office and everybody pretty hated me just because I was EHP, not fun. You can also end up on a great team. Also being available at a moment's notice to go anywhere in the country can be tough, but you know what you signed up for.

    Advice to Management

    More uniformity in training and standards for management. One manager will be completely different than another, and do things in a completely different way for EHP reviews. This makes it hard for employees to stay consistent.


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    From Chaos Comes Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fluid workforce with large diversity in tasks GS Pay Scale is fantastic for public sector Many employee incentives (telework, fitness, compressed schedule) Many opportunities for special projects Some people are innovating in exciting ways

    Cons

    Lots of deadweight employees Egos can get in the way of real accomplishments Some very poor managers who will ruin your life Can be very very boring Most employees are completely disconnected from real action in disasters

    Advice to Management

    Respond to the rank and file when a middle manager is bad Trim staff through attrition and budget cuts to optimize performance on key mission space


  9. Executive Specialist

    Current Employee - Executive Specialist in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Specialist in Garland, TX

    I have been working at FEMA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professionalism, personnel, adventurous, multi-task, knowledge

    Cons

    intermittent work, short notice, no time to prepare before notice, reservists last to deploy


  10. Horrible place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Laurel, NJ

    I worked at FEMA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    i left! Too many illegal actions going on in mgmt

    Cons

    Dictatorship, discrimination, sneaky leaders, rule by fear


  11. Disaster Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    great place to work. high energy always something new on the horizon. Job is in a team environment. exciting every day

    Cons

    long hours, many people are intermittent employs who add to a great culture, but often are there for thepaycheck and not the commitment



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