Federal Government
3.6 of 5 368 reviews
www.usa.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Federal Government Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.6 368 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Federal Government President Barack Obama

Barack Obama

(154 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
368 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Job Security with global impact through warfighter supported efforts"
    in 50 reviews
  • "The work life balance is great, the best I have ever experienced"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Could probably earn substantially more in the private sector with enough experience"
    in 18 reviews
  • "long hours and stressfull enviroment at the end of projects"
    in 10 reviews
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    Great place to work

    Senior Logistics Management (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsTravel and work in diffrent locals Overseas, Asia South West Asia, paid travel and vacation

    Conslong hours, federal job market is downsizing so its getting harder to find a federal job if thats your choice of emploment

    Advice to Senior Managementtrain and mentor your employees to be able to work and succeed in any market or area of expertise

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Endless opportunities to excel.

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsTravel, personal growth, training, education, benefits

    ConsLong hours, continuity of the positions does not last because of personnel transfers every 3 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to lead and mentor junior employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Job stability and decent benefits but at a price.

    Contract Specialist (Current Employee)
    Phila, PA

    ProsYou can't beat it for the stability and freedom plus benefits and decent pay.

    ConsSometimes it's surreal. The rationale behind decisions is confusion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember, you are foremost a civil servant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Security over Salary

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosstability, job security, transparent salaries

    Conslower than market salaries, varied competence levels of workers

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    Overall a great place to work and serve my country.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Manager (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsFlexible schedule and annual leave policies are great.

    ConsThe lack of flexibilty to invest in employees and recruitment places us at a disadvantage with the private sector.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working for the government during this time allowed me to fell more financially secure than most during the recession.

    Human Resource (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe healthcare benefits and the retirement plan offer great stability for an individual and a family. The Thrift savings plan is great too.

    ConsIt very easy to get step and grade increases, however sometimes in order to get promotions that involve a higher position you have to move. High position employees usually don't leave the position until it's time for them to retire or they find another job that pay more than their current position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Training Specialist (Former Employee)
    Johnstown, PA

    ProsWonderful working conditions; excellent people

    ConsJob security - agency closed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best and Worst of Both Worlds

    Engineering Technician (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsJob security can not be beat. Great Benefits (health plans, retirement and pension, other benefits such a discount tickets and costs, even at many local businesses since this job is part of the military side of the Federal government. Usually travel opportunities for those that wish to travel. Flexible Hours, over 5 weeks vacation time per year, most holidays are observed. Interesting work in the office and the field. Lots of options to move laterally worldwide.

    ConsDealing with a bureaucratic monolith when working for the federal government. Some of the technology (user computers/operating system) is outdated. Too many restrictions put on the user computer experience. Budget cuts has created increased workload due to smaller workforce.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCannot deal with management. Cannot negotiate anything. Just live with it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBenefits and leave policy, hard to get fired, ability to move around the country.

    ConsBad leadership, poor earning potential, no raises, difficult to manage and lead people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It can be a great opportunity depending on your interest. However, don't get caught up in the system like many do.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility
    Various Opportunities
    Work Life Balance
    Pay
    Promotion Opportunities

    ConsSometimes hard to move up and they base it on how long you been there versus your experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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