Federal Government Reviews

Updated August 31, 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. Federal Government, Branch Chief

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great colleagues who work hard and are motivated by public service

    Cons

    difficult to "manage" with federal rules


  2. maint. shop supervisor

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    Current Employee - Vehicle Maintenance Shop Supervisor in Fort Bragg, NC
    Current Employee - Vehicle Maintenance Shop Supervisor in Fort Bragg, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits. you must be a member of the US Army Reserves

    Cons

    You must follow all rules and regulations. you must be a member of the us army reserves.

    Advice to Management

    none at this time.


  3. Strategic Planner

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    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and travel opportunities. Unlimited growth potential. 30 days paid vacation each year. Tuition assistance. Guaranteed pay raise.

    Cons

    Travel dates are not always flexible. Must be willing to relocate often.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for minorities to fill upper ranks.


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  5. stat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    stability and serving my country

    Cons

    nothing to complain about have a job

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (2)

    Federal Government can be great... at he right agency.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have excellent benefits, a pension if you stay long enough, and typically a good work-life balance. You also probably make more money than you should in a lot of positions.

    Cons

    If you're a hard worker, it is likely that you will end up getting a lot more work while other people in the same position or department get less because they're lazy and impossible to fire. It's also very difficult to get promoted, even if you're great, because federal hiring processes are pretty screwed up. This means that good people end up leaving out of frustration and some terrible ones stay because they are paid a lot to do nothing. This is worse in certain agencies, but pretty widespread across the government.


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    Fed Govt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    The federal government offers very good benefits. In certain locations, opportunities are plentiful. Depending on the agency, the work is exciting and challenging.

    Cons

    The promotion process is cumbersome and can be hard to qualify. Hiring process takes much longer than it does in commercial companies. Many good candidates don't even get to the hiring manager for consideration.

    Advice to Management

    The process for screening applicants before referring them to the hiring manager needs to have screeners who are familiar with the jobs being filled.


  8. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, flexible schedule

    Cons

    bureaucracy, outdated systems and policies, lack of free thinking, red tape, low pay

    Advice to Management

    modernize


  9. Video Production specialist

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    Former Employee - Video Production Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Video Production Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fantastic place to work enjoyed my career

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say.


  10. Sr IT Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Security is a plus and many other personal benefits

    Cons

    Technology enhancements are slow to be implemented

    Advice to Management

    listen, learn and then lead


  11. Federal IT pros/cons

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Re-entered workforce with federal government after significant career break Stability Decent salary Diverse workforce

    Cons

    Many federal IT workers were not actually trained in IT (they moved laterally from a business unit) Difficulty fitting with culture if you came from private sector Takes years to rise to better pay grades, so must be self motivated to seek higher job postings



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