FedBid Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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FedBid Chief Executive Officer Joseph Jordan
Joseph Jordan
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Pros
  • Free lunches, especially during busy season (in 11 reviews)

  • It's great when you're a broke-newly-grad-employee, but the free food was strategically provided so that employees wouldn't leave the office for work (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • They used to call it the Massacre, where at the end of busy season, they would cut out a good chunk of the hires from the summer (in 13 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is non-existent (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good first job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros include catered lunches, young coworkers who probably live in Arlington, decent training period to understand what you're supposed to do, game room.

    Cons

    Catered lunches were there to distract you from the fact that you had to work through lunch. Phones were open 7-7 so work schedule varied by week. Some weekend shifts are expected during busy season


  2. Great Opportunities for First Job

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FedBid (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has great opportunities for younger people in the beginning of their career.

    Cons

    Management can be a little too optimistic about potential new business.


  3. Great Building Blocks for Creating a Career Path

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FedBid is an amazing company for getting your feet wet in the working world, and for creating opportunities and learning experiences early on in your career that you most certainly won't get at larger companies. In order to succeed, you must be hardworking and have a drive to want to do well. If you have that passion, you'll go far.

    Cons

    Works life balance struggles. In order to do well and work your way through the ranks, long hours and weekends are spent glued to your computer and phone. That's not to say they won't let you take vacation, but it's frowned upon and can hurt your image if vacation is taken anytime between June and September. Loss of knowledge and communication between job tites. Upper management rarely has the opportunity to discuss accounts or convey sound advice to lower level employees, and relies heavily on middle management for this. In this sense, knowledge and information is construed or miscommunicated, sometimes hurting the account and making it difficult for lower level employees to strive to do well.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your people and take ACTION on what they say. Many times your frontline Acount Managers and Senior Account Managers know more than you think. When they're being grilled for numbers and account plans, you miss out on the Intel that explains the trends you're seeing on the board. Be transparent internally. It'll go farther than you know.


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  5. Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Provided an excellent introduction to the corporate world for new graduates.

    Cons

    Company allows many under qualified managers to be big fish in a little pound. there were many people who were worth learning from but the overall atmosphere was oppressive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FedBid full-time

    Pros

    Free Breakfast/Lunch, young and energetic fun environment, challenging

    Cons

    Too many managerial titles that get to people's heads sometimes. Had more VP's/Directors/Managers than non-managerial roles in the IT department!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Improving culture and co-workers are fun, good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FedBid full-time

    Pros

    + I love my co-workers and the energy and passion they bring to work daily + I am relatively new and have felt welcomed in by all + I feel an energy from new initiatives and ideas that are discussed

    Cons

    + Pay is average but many of the benefits are good + Traffic in Tyson's adds a bit of time to the commute

    Advice to Management

    + Continue the new focus on transperancy and making FedBid a fun place to work - I feel the difference that all of you are bringing


  8. Helpful (1)

    Depends on a Lot (Good place for me starting out)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FedBid full-time

    Pros

    - Great place to start out after college (You can learn a lot of skills that will be beneficial to you anywhere you go. Great if you want career in Gov. Procurement as well.) Can get good management experience early in career if you do well. - Outside of Busy Season (Aug-Sept) work/life balance is good. - Most of the people who work here are great and generally most of the staff is young so once again, a great place to start out. - Overall model is very beneficial to Federal Government and the business idea is solid. However, execution is another story... - Overall, it was a great place for me starting out and I will always cherish the people, skills and memories I got from here.

    Cons

    Despite, the Pros there are some very real cons as well. - Layoffs are pretty frequent for full time staff, especially after busy season if goals are not met. Rather unpredictable in who gets laid off and who doesn't. This makes long term growth difficult and building a career here difficult. Although there are some who have done it. - Depending on your luck, management can be great or excruciatingly bad. I got a lucky draw and had great managers for the most part, but have heard many horror stories. - Decisions for promotions, etc. can get a little hazy and there's not a whole lot of transparency or reasoning. Managers seem to promote based more on familiarity and is not clear with their decisions across all departments. - Lots of Cross Departmental tension that seems quite unnecessary at times despite the fact that upper management thinks "creative tension" is the way to go. - Not a good place to go for mid to late career people. More suited for college grads. Overall: this was a great experience for me as I believe it was a good fit for my skill set but it's not for everyone. Be weary of yourself as FedBid can really hurt you if you're not the right fit, but can be a great place to start out if you are. Really dig into it and research it through HR and other means.

    Advice to Management

    Beast


  9. Good place to start out

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Leesburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FedBid full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    --Lots of young, friendly people --Free food/coffee --Good company culture --Can be good opportunities for growth if you're good --Good work experience --Benefits ar good

    Cons

    --Frequent layoffs --high turnover rate --Long hours especially during busy season (last three months of the fiscal year)

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent


  10. Good Place to Start...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FedBid full-time

    Pros

    - Pay - The people you work with - Company culture - Easy to grow and be promoted - There's food & coffee!

    Cons

    - From outside looking in, upper management doesn't seem to know what they're doing at times, flounder in different directions which leads to lack of confidence from employees. - Not enough top-down communication - You move around from desk to desk too much - Work can be repetitive and be unfulfilling

    Advice to Management

    - Overall, FedBid is what you make it. You'll definitely make friends, the people and company culture are the main selling points. It's a good place to start, especially when you're fresh out of school, you'll get experience and knowledge that will help to beef up your resume and help you down the road when you're looking for new opportunities. The company is filled with young people, which means your supervisor/manager/director are only a couple years older than you, which also means that can be you in a few years. Keep your expectations in check, i.e. not too high. - Advice to management, let employees in on what's going on, don't shine smiles then pull the rug out from under people. There are some very smart, intelligent, creative and driven people there- utilize them to their full potential for both their sakes and the company's.


  11. Not the best

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    Former Employee - Client Services Representative in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Client Services Representative in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working enviornment and free food

    Cons

    Pay is bad and always letting someone go



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