Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Good Job that Deals With Current Issues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    My job in the FERC's Office of Energy Projects is really, quite a good job. The issues we deal with, regarding the siting of interstate natural gas pipelines, are current and, at times, controversial. That definitely adds to the level of interest and satisfaction for me. One can get really good exposure to senior staff, Commissioners, and energy company executives but it is not guaranteed. Accommodations and benefits are great.

    Cons

    I would say the pros far out-weigh the cons but the management culture does not truly encourage individuality or creativity. management does care and conducts employee surveys often but my experience has been that lower and mid level managers just don't .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do more leading and ambassadorship-type stuff and mentoring and less reviewing, editing, re-editing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great company to work for in the federal government that regulates electric and gas utilities. Has been in news a lot.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    Reasonable opportunity to move up if you work hard. Telework is definite plus. If you volunteer for difficult assignments, you can move up.

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy compared to private sector, but not as much as in many bigger agencies and department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a feedback loop by seeking regular feedback from employees.
    Employee career development and growth should be a priority, if you want to address high turnover. I have seen annual turnover close to 10%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the top government agencies to work for

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

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    -Stability
    -Predictable, generous, annual promotions
    -Fantastic, brilliant people (depending on what office you're in

    Cons

    -Student loan program will pay a max amount, but budget limitations and taxes will have you end up taking less than 40% of what's "Offered"
    -Bureaucracy Bureaucracy Bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking an active role. I know its government but at least TRY to mentor your junior staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting work, good people, great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Spotty leadership and management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to do good for the public.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    Location; work-life balance; smart people. Pay is only okay.

    Cons

    Little chance for promotion until lots of people start retiring.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Government Agency

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    Light workload. Periods of busy-ness engulfed by inactivity

    Cons

    Standard government pay scale increases. Can be boring.

  8.  

    Salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary relates to job requirement and compensates employees on jobs done well. As an auditor, I was responsible for providing findings on companies that the Commission had level for regulating.

    Cons

    No soundness on employees that had good business decisions that related to the company findings. Employees were to give admonishment on findings that should have been disclosed and made the community aware of what could happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen of all you employees and their contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    Good central location to public transportation. Competitive salary. Flexible scheduling. Depending on your job you may present important topics in front of the Commission. Pretty easy to get promoted to GS-13.

    Cons

    Promotions beyond GS-13's are difficult to come by. Feels like a boys club sometimes where managers predetermine who they want to promote. Bureaucracy tends to prevent timeley completion of seemily simple projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It feels like a fraternity. Management already has in mind who they want to promote.

  10.  

    FERC OAL: great training ground for young attorneys, watch out for the 2yr probationary period

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Trial Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -great place to build TRIAL skills as a young attorney
    -great place to learn substantive knowledge of energy regulatory world
    -helpful trainings
    -getting experience and contacts from inside the regulator
    -awesome perks like 1) one day off in every two week pay period for working 9-6 instead of 9-5 the other nine days in the pay period and 2) work from home ("telework") up to 3 days per pay period

    Cons

    -compensation is not great (but not terrible, especially considering the perks above)
    -the two year probationary period is legit--you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all during your first two years there. this has happened before to good attorneys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let attorneys inside their 2 year probationary period know when theyve gone off track so that they have an opportunity to improve before you fire them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Young work force, for the Federal Government. Excellent work-life balance. Good place to begin a career.

    Cons

    Career promotions tend to plateau after three years. Limited training, travel, and office budgets. High performers and Management talent tend to leave after a few years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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