HUD Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance and flexible schedules (in 5 reviews)

  • You are able to post for any job within the Federal Government and up to one grade higher (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no room for innovation, little opportunity for change, lots of red tape, and new ideas are discouraged (in 2 reviews)

  • Cronyism and stagnant employees who have worked here for years create an environment in which forward progress is not encouraged (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great Transitional Government Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HUD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Transitional workplace, great work-life balance opportunities, traditional work environment, great place for recent graduates to grow

    Cons

    Traditional, lacks promotion opportunities, understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Implement better retention strategies to keep your (young) talented workers from leaving the workplace


  2. Helpful (1)

    Small company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HUD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Personable, small, accessible, pay, good after work enviornment

    Cons

    Small company, favorites, never good enough, can be a morale killer

    Advice to Management

    Favoritism over skill set.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Worst Place to Work in Government, Look it Up

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at HUD full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is slightly better than most government agencies with the working grade hovering in the GS-12/13 range.

    Cons

    This department is a mess: reactive culture; disjointed communications; and no clear vision to make the agency relevant in the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are satisfied with nearly every dimension of work life at HUD: pay; work life balance; meaningful work; and office environment. However, every year employees uniformly rate the culture, talent management, and managers poorly. Stop the improvement theater and hire leaders that can drive the mission of the agency forward.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Marketing and Outreach Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing and Outreach Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing and Outreach Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at HUD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, strong union, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism and cliques. Many managers in roles with no background/experience.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk when it comes to core values. Spend more time developing staff and managers as well with quality skills rather than contracting out inherently government functions.


  6. I learn alot from this job when i was there

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welding in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Welding in Decatur, IL

    I worked at HUD full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    when jobs r coming in to do

    Cons

    when i run out of work

    Advice to Management

    keep a eye out for safty for all employers


  7. Conservative and compartmentalized, but some career mobility and a solid team environment, to an extent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Economist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at HUD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great with lots of options depending on your life stage. Salary increases are sometimes baked into the position as you increase responsibilities. There is a general feeling that what you do, no matter how small, is good for the nation. There are more people retiring than being hired, which is good for employees who want to move up and think long term.

    Cons

    Morale can be very low in tight budget years or with continuing resolutions, since well-intended programs are scaled back and funding to local partners is cut. Leadership changes with each political cycle and director positions often go unfilled for a long time because of politics. Each department has a different sense of what dress code should be, some are social and some are not at all, and they are compartmentalized which makes the office seem more divided than it needs to be.


  8. Contractor for HUD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HUD

    Pros

    DId Federal grant reviews for them. They were top notch, friendly, and thorough. Would do more grant reviews for them.

    Cons

    There were no cons during the grant review.


  9. Helpful (1)

    I used to love it here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multifamily in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Multifamily in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at HUD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In my office (in the southeast region) we have a wonderful relationship between staff and supervisors and a a great work ethic. I have worked at companies large and small and this is among the very best.

    Cons

    Headquarters does not listen well (if at all) to staff in the field offices. The HQ staff listen to the industry and to each other. They are dismantling the local offices and creating super regional offices instead.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Don't assume you known everything. Leave the local offices in place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    work life balance is great, but not the best place to grow as an attorney..

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney
    Current Employee - Attorney

    I have been working at HUD full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission
    Great work-life balance
    autonomy in cases (for some departments)
    interesting cases (for some departments)
    collegial work environment
    Stable

    Cons

    Management
    Higher education one has, the lower the salary comparative to private sector
    Not much upward mobility
    coworkers aren't always most professional
    no budget for training opportunities
    no mentorship

    Advice to Management

    allow employees to have more input in the type of cases they get. be less dismissive of employee concerns. invest more in the training and growth of new hires.


  11. A great place to start career.

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HUD

    Pros

    Government agency. There are many interesting projects and good company culture. The benefit and insurance is good for employees.

    Cons

    Maybe too bereaucratic and seems hard to improve the efficeicy among HUD.

    Advice to Management

    Could provide some extra training for new employees.



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