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FTC Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
24 Reviews
3.3
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to start out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Honors Paralegal in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Honors Paralegal in Washington, DC

    I worked at FTC full-time

    Pros

    Overall, great entry level job experience. If you are interested in pursuing a law degree, this is a way to gain experience in a legal setting, find mentors in the field, and get paid to do so.

    Cons

    There isn't any room for advancement. It's great to try for a few years, but then you'll want to find a way to either leave for school or transition to another job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FTC

    Pros

    Very good experience. People want to teach you and help you. Government work environment is awesome. There is a clear focus on the FTC mission: to protect consumers. This results in driven, motivated, and positive employees.

    Cons

    Not that many. Working for the government also isn't going to pay the same as the firm world, but the quality of work and the positive work environment strongly outweigh this.

  3.  

    Extremely enriching.

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

    I have been working at FTC as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent staff and hands-on internship experience
    - Made very good connections
    - Plenty of networking opportunities
    - Working with exciting projects, often confidential
    - Ability to work with professional from many backgrounds

    Cons

    - Low Pay
    - Old school Government atmosphere and work culture
    - Can sometimes feel like a slow drag as far as expected workload goes
    - I really enjoyed working here so I can't really say much that was bad about it besides the financial aspect, which to many is a huge factor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just okay.

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting lines of work in consumer protection, antitrust, competition, etc.

    Cons

    Some Mangers promoted due to longevity and not talent or skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some real talent in IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Learning Experience

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

    I worked at FTC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small Federal Agency which give junior employees a huge amount of responsability

    Cons

    High pressure & Short timelines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The FTC -- a club for lawyers

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding opportunity to “see” inside the operations of organizations

    Working with smart people who are always professional

    Fantastic preparation for understanding the legal working-world

    First-class training and real world experience concerning antitrust law and consumer protection issues

    You will understand why government is so wasteful and gets so little done for citizens by the end of your time at the FTC.

    Cons

    Few to no opportunities for career advancement

    In many ways, Honors Paralegals are organized and managed as if they are throwaway workers

    Emphasis is placed on recent (young) undergraduates who desire a recommendation from an attorney for law school. If you are not in your 20’s, or law school is not in your future, the experience can be demeaning.

    Few, if any, paralegals find employment elsewhere in the federal government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinstate advancement to GS-9 for Honors Paralegals who remain past the initial 14 month appointment – their experience in litigation support and case management is valuable to the agency.

    Investigate ways to keep successfully performing Honors Paralegals in other agency positions.

    To save money build teams of senior lawyers and paralegals, not teams of lawyers and one or two paralegals. Most of the paralegals are just as bright and valuable as a new law school grad.

    Use 360 reviews, a lot of lawyers should never be in a lead role

    Improve the tracking and cultivation of Honors Paralegals who are accepted to law school from the Federal Trade Commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at FTC full-time

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume and good experience. After working in such a high intense environment with a lot of office politics, you can make it anywhere after that.

    Cons

    Coming from the DOD, the FTC was a huge culture shock. There is a thick line between the Lawyers/Economist verses the Support staff (HR/FMO/ETC). If you are on the law side, there is plenty support and training to help you excel in your career. But if you are on the support side, your pretty much on your own. I have never worked for a organization with such low moral, poor management, no team work, no training, no support, heavy micro-managing, and they do not reward hard work. Now I know what people felt like back in slavery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must be the example that you want to see. If you know that the people there are overworked and unhappy, you cannot be surprised that there is high turnover rate. Yes, there will always be people out there looking for jobs but you lose a lot of institutional knowledge which can affect your organization down the road. Take care of your people and they will remain loyal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic internship opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FTC

    Pros

    Was able to get a variety of hands-on experience working with attorneys and other staff members

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about my experience here

  10.  

    Intern: Slow-moving

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

    I worked at FTC as an intern

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, and nice people (especially in small office), resources from HQ sometimes nice

    Cons

    Really bureaucratic, even for interns. This is a major time barrier in getting things done. Not a lot of age diversity in staff (mostly significantly older). As with the other reviewer, I was under-utilized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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

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

    Pros

    People mind their business and are focused on their jobs

    Cons

    Negative work environment. Sweat shop for contractors. They are actually treated like maids and errand boys for government employees. Contractors are excluded from a lot and given menial tasks. Zero opportunities for growth for contractors. Very few leave days for contractors with no opportunity to make up hours so your paycheck can get decimated if there are are many snow days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractors like humans. Stop unethical hiring and firing practices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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