FEMA Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
86 Reviews
3.4
86 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Helping people when you are deployed (in 9 reviews)

  • Good training programs and exposure to different sub cultures in our nation (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • You work long hours and mostly the management simply doesn't seem to care how hard you work (in 5 reviews)

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

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    FEMA Contractor TAC

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    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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    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 for less than a 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.

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    Large and bureaucratic organization

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    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 for 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
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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 for less than a 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
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    F.E.M.A. was a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at FEMA full-time for 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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    Position was temporary, but great experience

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    Former Employee - Planning Specialist  in  Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Planning Specialist in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at FEMA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, awesome employees who genuinely love their job, and great opportunity to learn new skills. Fast paced and never a dull moment.

    Cons

    If traveling isn't for you, consider looking elsewhere. You also work with different people on every job, so experiences may differ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denton, TX

    I worked at FEMA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The organization is very team oriented and mission focused. The staff is friendly and genuinely desires to help you succeed in your role. Most of the coworkers are friendly and supportive. The compensation is very good for a customer service position.

    Cons

    The initial training was short. The hours can be very long, but you will accrue overtime. Some of the teams worked 7 days a week for the first week or two before getting any time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management is doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bureaucracy at it's finest

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    Former Employee - Planner
    Former Employee - Planner

    I worked at FEMA part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    salary, perks, per diem, help people

    Cons

    work conditions, 24 hour on call, predjudiced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends and get qualified people to do the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    These people depend on disasters to have their jobs!

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    Former Employee - Applicant Services  in  Forest Hills, NY
    Former Employee - Applicant Services in Forest Hills, NY

    I worked at FEMA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the overtime! if you are hired right after a major disaster strikes your area, you are in luck if you like to work overtime! it will be 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for at least two months (depend on the size of the disaster.)

    Cons

    in fema, there are "reservists" and "local hire". local hires are local people they needed to hire for a few months to share the work load. reservists are people from all over the country that fly to the area to work. no disaster = no works for them! so they will try to stay there as long as they can (and earn that overtime!) if you are a local hire, you are mostly out of luck, you will be the first to leave the job.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    I heard first hand about the lost and need of help others needed to recover from their loses.

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    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist  in  West Hyattsville, MD
    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in West Hyattsville, MD

    I worked at FEMA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I talked with people and my co-workers that touch my heart in some many ways.

    Cons

    All the work done at the time of Hurricane Katrina was to help people during the disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be their when others need you. Thank you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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