Federal Government
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www.usa.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Federal Government Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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70% Approve of the CEO

Federal Government President Barack Obama

Barack Obama

(40 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Policy, Procurement, and Project Management

    Management and Program Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat benefits and pretty good job security
    Lots of opportunities to solve complex problems

    ConsAntiquated systems and thinkers
    Somewhat of a tight squeeze on mobility - ESPECIALLY if out of the DC area

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for GS-12 thru GS-15 employees to reside outside of the DC area
    Utilize technology more to minimize redundancies and gain efficiency

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    Working as a fed

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsHiring. Many agencies are still trying to get through hiring moratoriums due to the latest CRA and sequestration impacts. Expecting alot of human capital turnover due to many employees retiring.

    ConsIt has always been easier to get hired with the government than get fired from the government. Disparate treatement and human resource rules that prevent timely resolution of personnel issues -- whether against a supervisor, co-worker or subordinate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe perception that a politican (or someone with political desires/connections) or former military bring leadership and managerial skills to the table is not necessarily true. It seems that a majority of those falling within this demographic believe leadership and management are synonyms.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    As challenging as it is frustrating

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood job security (not 100% though), can be challenging, good experience, good benefits and work/life balance. Fairly easy to change positions and change is encouraged.

    ConsDifficult to advance, pay is not competitive with private sector. Promotions are very competitive at higher levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWill fall on deaf ears.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Endless opportunities to excel.

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsTravel, personal growth, training, education, benefits

    ConsLong hours, continuity of the positions does not last because of personnel transfers every 3 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to lead and mentor junior employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Different from Private sector

    Human Resources (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGrowth Professional Opportunity, benefits, flexibility.

    ConsProcess are slow, creativeness is slow

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider to let the employees do their job

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    My experience was less stellar than expected.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros-The quality of professionals you work with, in terms of expertise and integrity, is generally of the highest caliber.
    -Government benefits are awesome.
    -Hard work is rewarded.

    Cons-Some government employees are entrenched in positions that they are no longer qualified for.
    -Promotions can be very political and fraught with "who knows who."
    -People in positions of power can often become tyrannical and no one can do anything about it.

    Advice to Senior Management-Leaders in positions of power should not be allowed to bully less senior employees, yet it happens more frequently than management realize.
    -Weed out corruption and fight against "the good old boy" syndrome, which is alive and thriving in the federal government.
    -Create an effective performance evaluation system, so that non-performance is not rewarded.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Comfortable Job, Must Be Your Own Advocate to Advance

    Senior Auditor (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat benefits, comfy perks.
    Nice salary.
    Reasonable and flexible hours.
    Work-life balance is awesome.
    Bearable.

    ConsAdvancement is not easy. Very poltical and favoritism is prevalent.
    Job satisfaction linked to rating official/manager. Not many good managers. People promoted to manager without people skills and not able to motivate staff. Very negative people, no screening for managing skills prior to becoming a manager. Diretly impacts every day work life, organizational success and motivation.
    Sometimes work is boring. Not always challenging and opporunities to grow and advance are few and far between, depends on manager. Must ask for and make opportunities for yourself.
    Low employee morale. Staff unhappy with culture in my office. People leaving due to dissatisfaction of management not including them in decision-making or listening to their concerns.
    With sequestration and budget cuts, less financial leverege for training, hiring new staff and travel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have been at my current job for over 4.5 years. Management should be ne more preventative as opposed to detective and reactive. Ask for regular and 360 feedback from staff as opposed to after-the-fact feedback obtained during mass exit interviews. Senior management surprised that many people quit suddenly and remaining staff are extremely unhappy with current culture and work environment. Performance review system inadequate, not always fair, depends on if your manager likes you, which I am lucky that mine does :) . Promotions based on politics and favoritism. Some people are not good managers and should be evaluated by those they manage (upward feedback). However, as a lower level staff, upward feedback on my managers has never been requested from me by senior management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Patuxent River, MD

    ProsStability, good people, good work

    ConsMore time based than merit based progression

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be worse, could be much better

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWorking for the federal government is relatively stable. Though that is not as true as it once was, with recent furloughs and talks of Reduction-in-Force (basically, layoffs) thanks to sequestration and budget cuts. Work schedules tend to be very flexible. For people who put in the time, a FERS pension is available, which is better than nothing.

    ConsFor typically high paying jobs (such as IT jobs), the GS pay scale is not competitive with the private sector for anyone with a few years of experience. The promotion process depends on the agency, but at my agency, it is only effective at wasting people's time. There tends to be a lot of bureaucratic overhead for even simple things, such as attending a conference. You are at the mercy of Congress and parent agencies, who govern policies about things they know little to nothing about. Most government employees are hard-working, but you do occasionally run into the ineffective employee who is nearly impossible to fire. From my experience, a contracting outcome similar to that of the ACA website contract is pretty common as well. The government usually pays a ton of money to outsource some IT work, and the result is usually something no one would want to use if they had a choice. Of course, there are exceptions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange government salaries to be competitive with private sector salaries. Why should all skill fields use a single GS pay scale? Get rid of some bureaucratic overhead. Overhaul government IT contracting (or get government employees to do more IT work).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working for the Federal Government

    Multi-program Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat benefits as of 2010. I believe that will be changing soon - the benefits are one of the most attractive benefits of federal employment. However, Congress has changed (reduced) the government's contribution to employee retirement. I worked for the USEPA and found it to be a mostly pleasant place to work.

    ConsIt became more and more uncomfortable the higher my GS rating due to power hungry GS15's and SES executives who tended to manage out of fear. Some incompetency in management - mostly due to promotion of technical experts rather than experts in people and human resource skills. Communication was challenging and there were plenty of turf battles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRotate the SES more often. Also, include employee ratings in their performance and offer employees and subordinate managers a chance at anonymous feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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