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Federal Government Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
433 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great career

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    • 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
  3.  

    Lifeguard Ft. Belvoir

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    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
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  5.  

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

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    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
  6.  

    Federal Government

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    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
  7.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Very stable place to work.

    Cons

    Limited ability to be innovative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Great opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with a great team, great benefits and amazing office culture

    Cons

    Not being able to grow into a higher position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    “Awesome place to work!”

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Government Employee in Lakewood, WA
    Current Employee - Government Employee in Lakewood, WA

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

    Pros

    Growing company, lots of users, high impact work, love my coworkers.

    Cons

    Not an easy job, changes impact millions of users which can sometimes be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend this company to a friend - I'm optimistic about the outlook.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Job on a Temp Basis

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enumerator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Enumerator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Federal Government as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, individual assignments or can work with another team member, trained well and aside from local Team Lead, have access to Field Supervisor and Dept. manager if you need assistance. Reimbursement for mileage.

    Cons

    Since you are outside, the weather can be problematic. If you don't have an unlimited data plan, you need to negotiate cell phone bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I thought everything was handled well and in a very timely manner. While there was some changes to the original training plan, all reps were notified and told exactly how to implement the changes. Compensation was good,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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