Federal Government Reviews

Updated March 22, 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 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. Linux Engineer

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    Current Employee - Linux Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Linux Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Able to switch position into a whole different field to get breadth of experience.

    Cons

    Not much technical movement up to the top.
    Use previous generation technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers. they know a thing or two.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Security Field

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Steady job and good training

    Cons

    Lack of promotion and stagnant wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train ,promote, train and retrain, get rid of the staff not working.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. It is challenging but fun and rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Executive Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    great people, fun, challenging, transformation of business processes

    Cons

    budget cuts, lack of insight to senior manager's vision for future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share vision with your team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. NO Complaints

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    Former Employee - Senior Outreach Coordinator in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Senior Outreach Coordinator in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My experience working for the federal government was as a staffer for a US Senator in his main state office. The benefits were top notch, we had all of the major holidays off as well as vacation time that was comparable with local private companies. A federal job is a GREAT gateway opportunity with many advantages!!

    Cons

    It can be difficult to advance professional if you're not willing to change agencies and/or relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are people so cliquish behavior happens but those in management need to be more aware of it when they're the participants!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. My experience has been great working for the federal government. I've received several well-deserved promotions.

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    Current Employee - Criminal Investigator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Criminal Investigator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Job security and the daily excitement that comes with being a Federal Agent

    Cons

    Very long working hours (40-60 hours a week)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be well-rounded and not promoted to management positions simply because they are in good with upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. It all depends on the people you work with and what you make of the opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Good holiday plan, so that allows more time with your family.

    Cons

    Favoritism is very bad during the promotion cycle and chances for promotion are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better, make them believe that you care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Government Service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government

    Pros

    401K with matching is very nice. Predictable work hours.

    Cons

    Access to facility can be hard depending on the gates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Graphic design compensation doesn't get much better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Benefits, Room for growth in company

    Cons

    I don't have many cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Exciting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government

    Pros

    Very fulfilling, exciting job. Once in a life time opportunity

    Cons

    Very busy and away from home a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way people are retained

  11. Government doesn't pay as well as the commercial sector, but job security is good.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, health care (medical) with dental and vision insurance. Steady job with salary step increases and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult creating good networking unless you are related. Many times promotion opportunities are posted, but a candidate is already chosen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely less on connections and look at the whole person before choosing candidates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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