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Federal Government Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
438 Reviews
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Pros
  • 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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  1.  

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK, IF YOU ARE SELF-MOTIVATED

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Security Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Security Engineer

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Low stress environment. Skills learnt in the commercial workplace can really make a difference.
    Rigorous background checks, great job on resume. Great working colleagues.
    Overall a great place to work and serving your country.

    Cons

    Less pay for equal position in commercial world. Lots of bureaucracy. Some bosses are disconnected from employees but this is not across the board, it just depends on who is your boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never lose connection with each employee. Continue to guide your team for better outcomes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I had 28 great years of working for the federal government.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Servant in Fort Benning, GA
    Current Employee - Civil Servant in Fort Benning, GA

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

    Pros

    Security, benefits, training, and knowing that I would not be laid off without notice were all positives for working with the Federal Government.

    Cons

    The only drawback is reduction in force and furloughs. There is nothing you can do about those factors but work through them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I have is to make sure that people are properly trained for their jobs, give them adequate amounts of work to do that are achievable and stop using the words "other duties as assigned". If work is done on a recurring basis it is not "other duties as assigned" it is a regular part of the duties and should be compensated and eligible to be rewarded also if the employee exceeds expectations. Give emloyees the opportunity to grow in their job and be appreciative when the do a good job, respectful of the fact that they also have a life outside the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    It is an opportunity to serve that most do not leverage.

    Cons

    The primary tradeoff is earned compensation.

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  5.  

    accountant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    competitive compensation, fast upward growth, strong family values

    Cons

    long hours, no overtime, slow hiring process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Sense of duty, intelligence of coworkers, and knowledge about intelligence gained.
    -Work/life balance is good.
    -Exciting day-to-day job with great rewards.

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy at its finest.
    -Little head room for advancement at times.
    -Long commutes depending on where you live.
    -Alwayd on your toes to talk to others about what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the information flowing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lifeguard Ft. Belvoir

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Fort Belvoir, VA

    I have been working at Federal Government part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    What a great job! I can't believe I get paid for this!
    The workplace locations are good quality, and my supervisors and coworkers are great. Our job duties are limited to lifeguarding so we have minimal cleaning and no maintenance work.

    Cons

    You can't live on this pay and there's very little upward potential. Thankfully I live with my parents as I am finishing college.

    The Federal hiring process via USAJOBS is a highly complex and lumbering process which I don't recommend to anyone.......

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Federal Government

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance with job security

    Cons

    Some of the Managers have no technical ability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, if you do not mind politics entering your workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, you can get to high 60s rather quickly; spent a lot of time out of the office, good sense of mission

    Cons

    Management only concern is to make themselves look good by cranking out numbers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be so picky with review of work

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

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    good colleagues
    important work
    work life balance

    Cons

    slow pace
    low-ish pay
    expensive city

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Superb benefits, decent job security, and upward mobility. Team-focused environment was motivational and helped make day-to-day tasks more interesting.

    Cons

    Long and often unpredictable work hours. At times, official duties and roles were not well defined and at times could be obligated to take on new tasks.

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