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Federal Reserve Board Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
62 Reviews

3.9
62 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great learning opportunities; decent work/life balance; excellent compensation and benefits package (in 12 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn in depth information about monetary policy (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Complete disregard for the private sector (in 6 reviews)

  • There is an abundance of red tape (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good pre-doctoral experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed, good colleagues, exposure to exclusive datasets

    Cons

    Maybe too much freedom for some overachievers. Also, no good schools to use academic assistance package near the vincinity

  2.  

    Great place to learn!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The people you come in contact with are generally quite well educated and established in the field.
    Almost everyone is genuinely dedicated to the work.
    Work/home balance is quite good, especially as an intern.
    The programs the Fed offers to interns to learn about different departments within the organization are stellar.

    Cons

    You will run into a bit bureaucratic red tape but it is far worse in other 'true' Government Departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to hire a younger workforce, you may be missing out on some business process innovation.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, awesome benefits, great colleagues, little office drama/politics (in my section), great technical training, interesting research. This is an absolutely great place to work. 9-5 most of the time. Everyone is very bright and dedicated. Aside from "production" duties, you have autonomy to seek out research projects with different Economists. Management and Economists are very interested in your career development.

    Cons

    Charting work in S-plus for RAs can be a burden, as Economists often don't know what's entailed to complete their requests (during crunch times).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Work / life balance can be very good. Benefits are incredible.

    Cons

    After working here for a few years, exciting developmental opportunities are running out. However, the Board does offer money for you to take classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Research Assistant- Research & Statistics Division

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great experience, great career development, and great if you want to get into a good Econ PhD program.

    Cons

    The work load varies, so sometimes you are super busy, others you are kind of looking for things to do.

  7.  

    Your Results May vary

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Working with incredibly smart people on interesting and important topics. The amount of training and professional development is immense in terms of acquiring new skills (say, statistical programming) and knowledge (about the part of the economy or markets your section covers). Relatively efficient for a bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Pay is way below other options, even with in the federal reserve system. There is a severe lack of intermediate positions to be promoted into. Do your 2 or 3 years and move on unless you have a phd. Some of the technology used can be a bit out dated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There need to be more positions for intermediate for research assistants to be promoted into that is more akin to a Junior Economist rather than a Financial Analyst. It makes no sense to train students for 2 or 3 years and essentially give them the boot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Great experience -- one of best in government

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work at high level
    Decent work/life balance usually
    Collegial
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Slow promotion
    Lack of management transparency
    Sometimes long hours for needless reasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better insight into career advancement/more training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Closely working in an academic environment. You bosses are very smart an really take an interest in you. There is a built in social scene with many other 22 y/o starting their first job with you. Can really help you get into PhD programs.

    Cons

    The pay is not as good as other options. Sometimes the work can be quite tedious. It is a little overwhelming at the beginning.

  10.  

    Great place to work with a lot of smart and dedicated public policy professionals in economics, law, and finance.

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Financial Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supervisory Financial Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities; decent work/life balance; excellent compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    Not your traditional government agency (i.e., most people work hard at the Fed -- which is a good thing)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great training and room for advancement

    Cons

    Nothing negative to state about the FRB

    Positive Outlook
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