Federal Government Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Pros
  • There was a sense of work/life balance that many private sector companies lack (in 34 reviews)

  • Job security is still the strong selling point (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation is well below what is being given to those in the private sector with whom you interact on a daily basis" (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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  1. Overall not too bad

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Reston, VA

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, and yes, actual works does get done in a gov't job. Flexible schedules and telecommuting is a definite plus. TSP gas the lowest fees among any 401k plan, anywhere.

    Cons

    Gov't salary does not usually match what the private sector is paying. Work hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Not micromanaging employees would be my advice to management but overall my experience with management has been overall quite positive.


  2. Airways Transportation System Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very rewarding job with the right amount of travel and promotions.

    Cons

    Transfer options may be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent Management


  3. Easy to blend in

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fuels Technician in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Fuels Technician in Boise, ID

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a Federal employee you can work with the minimum amount of effort and always have a paycheck. No layoffs or pay reductions. There were literally days on end that my shop would spend hours watching TV and still get paid. As a member of the POL shop, the work was very easy and the pay was 3X the civilian pay.

    Cons

    Finding work to do. The days can be very boring with not much to do.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job! Keep working to keep the base open.


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  5. Deputy Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job Stability
    retirment and Benefits- excellent seperation services for all ranks
    Job Satisfaction

    Cons

    Can move around
    Can be difficult to manage work/life balance


  6. Federal Government Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Federal Government (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible work hours for the employees.

    Cons

    Comes with a lot of political aspects.


  7. curiosity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Encouragement of work-life balance among all employees

    Cons

    long turn arounds; always reactive to incidents rather than proactive

    Advice to Management

    Lissten to feedback from all groups under you, not just select few


  8. Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career development is an organization priority and asset

    Cons

    The pay is not comparable to the private sector


  9. Energy Industry Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, professional development stressed

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility in career movement


  10. A Great Career Choice

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive pay. Meaningful work that has an impact on the lives of all Americans. Relaxed work environment (usually). Good work/life balance. Great job security.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Politics. A general lack of pro-activeness and desire to improve the system.


  11. Gov work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Provide great atmosphere and benefits

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive



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