Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
40 Reviews
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40 Reviews
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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Work

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    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
  3.  

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

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    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 an 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
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  5.  

    Supervisory Energy Industry Analyst

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supervisory Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Complex subject matter, smart staff, good work life balance

    Cons

    limited mobility within offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow your staff to make lateral moves to other subject matter areas of work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for Young College Grads Only

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    Former Employee - Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    student loan repayment plan, flexible work schedule (for some offices), not far to Union Station. Also has a union you can join.

    Cons

    Poor middle managers who do not know how to manage or communicate with their employees. Lot of favoritism, nepotism. Good place for young college grads just starting out but discriminates against older employees, especially those with health problems. Will try to get rid of you instead of working with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the middle managers who do NOT know how to manage. Stop discriminating against the older workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and a good work/life balance with understanding management, an in-house daycare and gym. There are training opportunities (when budget cooperates) and flexible work schedules (AWS, telework). Impressively smart people work here and are for the most part open and collaborative. Overall friendly atmosphere of dedicated folks who respect the important mission. Advancement opportunities if you chose to shine and can be patient - mostly backfilling retirees positions.

    Cons

    Workload can sometimes bury you. GSA guidelines are forcing a reduction in space which could reduce/eliminate most private office space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soul crushing financially rewarding career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay, smart people, interesting work topics, close to the metro, telework and alternate work schedule options, in building amenities including food, gym, and day care center.

    Cons

    Complete lack of autonomy in both internal and external decisions, many employees can not break through gs-13 glass ceiling, perceived unethical or unfair hiring and promotion practices, general inefficiency in work process, lack of technology, lack of transparency and general distrust of management towards employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up some control and allow employees to engage in thought. Be more transparency about the decisions made about both internal and external affairs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Travel and training opportunities. Employees are well educated with some holding advanced degrees.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Too much paperwork, because it is a government regulatory body. Dominated by lawyers. Lacking diversity especially in the upper management. Independent thinking and innovation are not encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management struggles to accommodate employees with health problems. Once you're incapable of doing your work they'll find ways to get rid of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    Pros

    Laid back environment, flexible work schedule, job stability, alright office space, access to a lot of publications, software and subscriptions

    Cons

    Pay for analyst is too low, growth opportunities in some offices are stifled, unequal opportunities for people with engineering/economics degree in comparison to attorneys

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good work-life balance but work not particularly engaging.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance (low stress, telework options, alternative work schedule) and ability to climb pay ladder fairly quickly if you're coming right out of school. If you've been there a while, the pay ladder hits a plateau.

    Cons

    Work is not very engaging -- you won't feel like you're accomplishing much. Generally low stress, but stress level and schedule flexibility depends on your supervisor. If you have a good supervisor, it's great. If you have a bad supervisor, you'll be looking for the door as soon as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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