U.S. General Services Administration

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U.S. General Services Administration Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
98 Reviews
3.2
98 Reviews
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U.S. General Services Administration Acting Administrator Daniel M. Tangherlini
Daniel M. Tangherlini
41 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life Balance is exceptional in today's environment (in 18 reviews)

  • Teleworking, New technology initiatives, Flexible work hours (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Not as in tune with private-sector business principles as one would hope (in 4 reviews)

  • It's the federal government so there is quite a bit of red tape and slow movement (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Tremendous opportunity to influence the Design, Build, Operate community of Facility Portfolio Owners

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration

    Pros

    Never bored, always a new challenge/opportunity. Working with professionals in all areas. Ability to establish improved policies and procedures, as well as creating new National Standards in Building Asset Classification Systems.

    Cons

    Decentralized management structure creates too many layers of management and leads to an consensus driven decision making process which discourages innovative solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need for business lines to integrate decision making to better serve the taxpayers through lowering the costs of ownership of the built environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice people, but processes are not consistent and it's all about who you know.

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

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time

    Pros

    GSA believes in telework which is awesome, there are also alternative work schedules available for most employees. Usually GSA has higher graded positions than other federal agencies.

    Cons

    Lack of progression once you get to GS-12. Favoritism is alive and well and for most promotion opportunities, it is already pre-determined who gets the position (although that is illegal and very hard to prove.) Also, autonomy is non-existant and as an employee, you will not be allowed to use your brain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow achievers to grow without micro-managing and make the hiring process more fair. You should not promote others solely due to longevity. Skill level, experience, and technical know-how is much more important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Interesting and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Assistant
    Former Employee - Special Assistant

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many functions and responsibilities

    Cons

    It's the federal government so there is quite a bit of red tape and slow movement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Employer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration

    Pros

    work-life balance and mobile work

    Cons

    bureaucracy - not enough performance management or results driven incentives

  6.  

    Enterprise lost.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration

    Pros

    Portfolio can't be beat, and opportunities to work with top talent outside the organization abound.

    Cons

    Great work, a few dedicated people, but the organization suffers from widespread malaise, and leadership operates from a place of raw self-interest and naïveté.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Place to work

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

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Intern Program at GSA

    Cons

    Lack of adequate well educated people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more eager interns and career oriented people who are enthusiastic about work.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director of Operations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The sky is the limit for the amount of responsibility you are willing to take, people of the same grade and salary having from little to no responsibilities to full blown multi million dollar responsibility. You get what you can handle and take it from there. Great place to learn

    Cons

    everyone make the same no matter how good or bad they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience for people new to government real estate and construction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Varied, challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    Very political environment, even for a government agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice I could offer would be unwelcome, ignored and unappreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs improvement

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

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, salary, and telework

    Cons

    management does not know how to effectively communicated performance issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide EXTERNAL training for all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Growth Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They provide a great work life balance. Very forward thinking with programs like telework. Talent is recognized quickly and opportunities are there to move up in your career. Challenging assignments are given early in your career. Success at these assignments often defines your career.

    Cons

    Still difficult to remove poor performers. They often contribute to morale challenges throughout due to inequity of work assignments. Shrinking resources have presented new challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue bringing in fresh talent, before the old talent leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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