U.S. General Services Administration

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U.S. General Services Administration Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
94 Reviews
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94 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 17 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)

  • Many times the Central Office sends out changes without advance notification and not well communicated (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

  2. 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director of Operations

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    I love the culture at GSA. Employees are treated with respect. The upper management is great. They practice an open door policy. Any employee can approach them anytime for any suggestions or concerns. GSA is committed to quality.

    Cons

    Honestly I don't see anything negative to say about GSA. During my tenure at GSA I always felt like being a valuable asset to the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continued emprovement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Toxic workplace with no accountability and too much red tape.

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

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

    Pros

    Employee benefits, work at home opportunities, vacation time

    Cons

    Toxic environment affecting physical and mental wellbeing of employees, but not being addressed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They support telework, life/work balance and training.

    Cons

    Changing leadership, an otherwise obscure agency as far as the general public is concerned GSA was brought to attention due to scandals resulting from Las Vegas conferences. The overall mood in the agency changed and a lot of needed travel was disapproved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Welcome to the Hamster Wheel

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Realty Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Realty Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Work life balance
    -Great place to work if you want to pursue other opportunities while not having to quit your day job. The work is simple enough that you can dedicate just 5% of your brain to it, and not suffer any noticeable drop in your performance.

    Cons

    -Nepotism runs very deep. Having the right surname will get you far.

    -Promotions are doled out to people who have the right friends which leads to having completely unqualified people in decision making positions.

    -Zero accountability for tenured employees. Think bringing someone's supervisor into a dispute will get things solved? Fat chance because the supervisor usually doesn't have a clue whats going on either. So trying to solve a problem ends up getting you in trouble for 'impeding' work flow i.e. just shut up, stop complaining about the lack of help you get from people you depend on to do your job and just do their job for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone looks nice in a suit does not mean they are fit to lead or make decisions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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