I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board full-time for more than 10 years
Pros – The mission is totally terrific - we get to work on serious issues and events where what we find out often leads to real safety improvements, and the agency is well thought of externally. The staff is generally superb and highly motivated, and people like what they do. Not too many clockwatchers around - it's not that kind of job.
Cons – It's the government, so we're subject to all the current budgetary stupidity affecting everybody else, too. That isn't going to improve until Congress does, so don't hold your breath. Promotions aren't always based on managerial talent - laying low and keeping your nose clean works pretty well, as does avoiding making any controversial decisions. Because it is a small agency largely staffed by technical specialists, there isn't a lot of opportunity to move around.
Advice to Senior Management – Possession of a good coating of Teflon is not necessarily a managerial benefit. The staff knows who has leadership talent - you might consider soliciting their opinions once in a while before moving someone up to a position where they can really cause problems by avoiding tough decisions and delegating most of their work to somebody else.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-03-10 15:43 PDT
I worked at National Transportation Safety Board full-time for more than 8 years
Pros – A chance to make a real difference in transportation safety -working with some very experienced -dedicated people~ all of which are NOT in management
Cons – WAY too political. Impossible to really make changes -as management is overly concerned with the political game. Management is - completely - inept and clueless. A very typical government agency with lifers who stay forever -collecting dust and do nothing. And then---there might be a sequester - and all shuts down. Brilliant.
Advice to Senior Management – Completely clean the management house- get rid of the useless political appointees....uh their function is what? Oh ...it's collecting a - big - paycheck. The OPM -is another absurd byzantine hiring process. Hiring is too long/involved/convoluted and Kafkan....nutty. A once excellent agency has become another completely inert -stuck- clueless government organization.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-12-01 06:31 PST
I worked at National Transportation Safety Board as an intern for less than a year
Pros – Solid job, very professional setting, got to meet with the Chairwoman, each member of the Board, CFO, CIO, VP, Judges & lawyers. There are intelligent people here who know what they are doing.
I worked under the CIO and had to catalog, deploy, and assign electronics. As an intern I acted as the go to guy for blackberry renewals, laptop help tickets, 4G aircards, and other ad hoc work. I worked there for 2 summers and had a great time getting to know the people. As an intern I was getting paid 14.65 before tax. There are a few older workers who know what they are talking about. Getting to know them was a great advantage to making the experience worth it. Talking to them about hte security protocols, safety structures, and more was what I needed to add to my daily drone work.
Cons – There are a fair share of average workers who get by. This can be frustrating at times, but it is the nature of government positions. Some days would drag on for hours on end. If your supervisor does not have work for you to do, then it will drive you crazy. Sitting in a room although you are getting paid is straight torture if you are looking for some sort of intellectual stimulation.
Advice to Senior Management – Having a project for the entirety of the summer internship is crucial to making it work while.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-10-10 22:54 PDT
I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board
Pros – Work with egg heads-- interesting work-- intellectually stimulating and the desire to make a difference in safety.
Cons – Management is inert and clueless. No SOP- just figure it out. Way too political. And it's government- get the drift? We're all protecting our tenure and job....let's not rock the boat.
Advice to Senior Management – Get new leaders- dynamic leaders- who are aware and communicate with all departments. Leaders who stand up to the political pressure-- otherwise-this agency will slowly continue to become just another molasses movement government agency.
2011-07-09 06:35 PDT
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