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Federal Government Reviews in Arlington, VA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
437 Reviews
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  • There was a sense of work/life balance that many private sector companies lack (in 34 reviews)

  • Job Security with global impact through warfighter supported efforts (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • Could probably earn substantially more in the private sector with enough experience (in 20 reviews)

  • long hours, federal job market is downsizing so its getting harder to find a federal job if thats your choice of emploment (in 14 reviews)

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    Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, Mission, Opportunities, Making a difference

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Priorities, Resources, Time, and Organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mission First, Always train, develop and mentor personnel

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Comfortable Job, Must Be Your Own Advocate to Advance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, comfy perks.
    Nice salary.
    Reasonable and flexible hours.
    Work-life balance is awesome.
    Bearable.

    Cons

    Advancement is not easy. Very poltical and favoritism is prevalent.
    Job satisfaction linked to rating official/manager. Not many good managers. People promoted to manager without people skills and not able to motivate staff. Very negative people, no screening for managing skills prior to becoming a manager. Diretly impacts every day work life, organizational success and motivation.
    Sometimes work is boring. Not always challenging and opporunities to grow and advance are few and far between, depends on manager. Must ask for and make opportunities for yourself.
    Low employee morale. Staff unhappy with culture in my office. People leaving due to dissatisfaction of management not including them in decision-making or listening to their concerns.
    With sequestration and budget cuts, less financial leverege for training, hiring new staff and travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been at my current job for over 4.5 years. Management should be ne more preventative as opposed to detective and reactive. Ask for regular and 360 feedback from staff as opposed to after-the-fact feedback obtained during mass exit interviews. Senior management surprised that many people quit suddenly and remaining staff are extremely unhappy with current culture and work environment. Performance review system inadequate, not always fair, depends on if your manager likes you, which I am lucky that mine does :) . Promotions based on politics and favoritism. Some people are not good managers and should be evaluated by those they manage (upward feedback). However, as a lower level staff, upward feedback on my managers has never been requested from me by senior management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working after retirement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Coach in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Career Coach in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Federal Government as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Program management done by fulltime staff. Get to experience state-of-the-art processes in the field from those employed fulltime or as professionals in the field.

    Cons

    Security clearance updates, computer access while on the job and building entrances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep contractors alerted about program changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Pay is good and you move up quickly.

    Cons

    Private sector compensation for certain positions is much higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with the mid-level employees.

    Recommends

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