Federal Government Reviews

Updated July 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. EOS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Federal Government (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Work guidance constantly change and slow moving.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair


  2. Director of Information Services

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Information Technology Executive in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with many technologies. Typically a normal 40-45 hour work week. Great benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of company politics. Too much red tape to get things done in a timely manner

    Advice to Management

    Take inventory of your people, before the good ones are all gone and you're left with the underachievers.


  3. Government

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

    I have been working at Federal Government

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Flexibility. Benefits.

    Cons

    Insensitive bosses/management to employees needs. Should change.

    Advice to Management

    Be more sensitive to the concerns of your employees.


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  5. Washington Bureaucrat

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

    I have been working at Federal Government

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

    Pros

    - Meaningful, interesting work - Travel opportunities

    Cons

    -salary well below private sector -demanding hours

    Advice to Management

    Do more to promote work life balance.


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    Supervisory Legal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory Legal Technician in New Bern, NC
    Current Employee - Supervisory Legal Technician in New Bern, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Most people are very nice. Get to meet a lot of people. No one micro-manages.

    Cons

    We sometimes work under a deadline. For instance, if a unit of marines is deploying overseas, sometimes we don't know until the last minute and it becomes urgent that we are able to draft wills, etc... before they deployment.

    Advice to Management

    Just continue doing what you are doing.


  7. Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Work-life balance, friendly co-workers, interesting substantive work

    Cons

    Lack of intensity, limited growth opportunities


  8. can't complain...

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good time off, 401k matching, job stability

    Cons

    Not competitive pay, no bonuses-unless you work for GSA or IRS!


  9. DoD Agency

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Federal Government

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, programs and mission

    Cons

    Subject to whims of Congress

    Advice to Management

    Protect employees and emphasize mission


  10. Financial Analyst

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

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are stable and leave is quite reasonable

    Cons

    It may seem difficult to move up, and culture is slow to change


  11. Helpful (1)

    You work here for the work, not the pay

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

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

    Pros

    -Responsible for multiple millions of dollars worth of products and/or services. -Oversight roles possible, if that's your thing. -For the most part, great people to work with. -Some downright awesome managers, but few and far between. -Agencies try to do the job they are told to do for the most part.

    Cons

    -Management can be horrible. It's like the creators of The Office, Office Space, Dilbert, and the SAW movies all got together and observed federal employee-manager interactions. -Things run by bean counters more than mission needs (usually). -Some agencies are in constant mission failure (for an example, see OPM IT fiasco). -Sometimes the higher management completely lacks a full brain when it comes to how best to do the mission, and when they shoot down improvement ideas it is demoralizing. -Congress. This should be self-explanatory, but for those that lack the proper frame for understanding: congress controls the budget, congress dictates the overall "big picture" view of the mission, but will not hold themselves accountable when turds hit the fan. Part of the problem is underfunding an agency (so they can't perform the mission); another part of the problem is providing restrictions on what can and can't be done (can't run an agency like a business for example, no carry over in funds); and ineptitude all around.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that people usually stick around to do the mission, not because you are a great manager. And first line supervisors should be a resource, even when they bring bad news, because they are usually your best indicators of what is going on. -Also, there are many bad first line supervisors, but in my experience it is because they lack the ability to screen the BS that rolls from above. -Higher management needs to understand that metrics matter, but pick the right darn metrics! Too often I would manage myself or others to a metric and realize that it was a pointless endeavor because the wrong thing was being measured.



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