GAO
3.8 of 5 70 reviews
www.gao.gov Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

GAO Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2014
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3.8 70 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

GAO Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro

Eugene Louis Dodaro

(41 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great culture, wonderful work-life balance, they really care about their employees"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Flexible schedule/good work-life balance"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not a lot of promotion opportunities and annual salary adjustments are generally smaller than those of executive branch agencies"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Too much focus on process rather than getting things done; poor performers tolerated too much; advancement takes a long time"
    in 3 reviews
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Great place to work if you want to be a full time researcher

Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at GAO full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGAO has a great training program and offers a very supportive environment for new hires. It's a great opportunity to work as a researcher. You get to analyze data and interview senior agency officials in way that wouldn't be possible anywhere else. GAO is also increasing its telework opportunities.

ConsExtremely limited mobility within the agency - both to other policy teams and for promotions. The agency only does one thing: audit other agencies. There are virtually no opportunities to do something other than research.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Assistant Director (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at GAO full-time for more than 10 years

ProsUpper management tries hard to balance all concerns

ConsWhile promotions in the early years are merit based, in the later years there are very very few promotions

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a career track for technical specialists

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

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Good learning experience for research

Analyst (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at GAO full-time for more than a year

ProsMy team was very smart; full of highly educated people
On any engagement, you will work with different specialists such as policy evaluation experts, economists, data analysts, and regular analysts
There is ongoing training research methods

ConsSometimes it required long hours to get a project done for a deadline

Some research units are swamped with lots of work because multiple teams are giving them work
Data analysts seemed overworked and asked to do things they couldn't because some other team members did not understand what can or cannot be done using statistical software

Teams sometimes squabble over engagements and it's easy to pass blame

Reports must adhere to exacting standards of accuracy

Advice to Senior Managementmore social events
people complained about the bonus incentive structure

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging, welcoming, and worthy of their reputation

Undergraduate Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at GAO as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Great experience
- Inclusive
- Government benefits

Cons- Still a government agency
- Politics

Advice to Senior ManagementUnnecessary work can be eliminated if the politcs around report writing are eliminated

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

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Great learning opportunity

Financial Auditor (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at GAO full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent development program
Exciting engagements
Great people to work with

ConsPeople who are hired never leave or retire which limits promotion opportunities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to be from

Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at GAO full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work-life balance; relatively high pay; smart people; great infrastructure (e.g. computers, office accommodation, etc);

Cons-Work can be slow and overly methodical, most reviews are one year, so if you get stuck on a boring review you will have a long year
-Limited opportunities for advancement
-Work often has little impact policy wise
-Federal pay freeze

Advice to Senior ManagementQuicken the pace of GAO reviews and consider making them last no more than 6 months.

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

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Good place to start a career

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at GAO as an intern for less than a year

Pros(Overall not just for interns)
Good benefits (interns get sick leave and PTO)
Telework/Flexible schedules
Laid back environment
Everything goes through multiple levels of review (makes it hard to publish mistakes)
PDP program gets raises every 6 months
Will help pay for outside courses once you are a full time employee

ConsPassive agressive work environment
Some engagements can be very boring
Engagements can easily last 9 months
Like all government jobs everything is locked up with the budget

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out ways to retain more young talent or you're not going to stay relevant.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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GAO is a good place to work if you're the right fit

Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at GAO

ProsGAO is a good place to work if you're a good fit. They do promote work/life balance. They're are opportunities for growth. Some may find the work interesting.

ConsThe culture is overall passive aggressive.
The work is boring and there is no creativity.
Performance is supposed to be objective but the process is entirely subjective.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at GAO

ProsThe people at GAO are dedicated to improving government, intelligent, and very capable. The collaborative spirit and high quality products are two other great aspects of GAO.

ConsThe only downside is that the budget, and henceforth promotions, hiring decisions, and pay raises are all contingent on Congress deciding to fund it appropriately. It is particularly difficult to plan ahead in years where the budget isn't passed prior to the new fiscal year and while the agency is functioning on a continuing resolution.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent

Accountant (Current Employee)
Akron, OH

I have been working at GAO

ProsFriendly People. Secure Job. Nice Managers.

ConsLower pay than in private industry

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep worders happy by expressing positive attitude.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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