U.S. General Services Administration Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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U.S. General Services Administration Acting Administrator Daniel M. Tangherlini
Daniel M. Tangherlini
42 Ratings

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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  1. Great place to start a federal career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very nice Employees and Management
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Often tasks go without recognition

  2. common sense level is at zero

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    as a contractor - none.. we got paid time off on federal holidays and that's about the extent of positive experiences

    Cons

    -most people that work there are just a bunch of automatons.... spending the day there is like watching paint dry ( I know cubicle jobs are typically boring, but this place took it to another level)

    -some managers were a nightmare.. you have to deal with omnipresent micro-managers who would constantly stare at employees to the point of uncomfortable

    - ever since the vegas scandal, they don't spend money on anything.. no napkins, cups or anything in the break room.. same goes for office supplies.. when I asked for a mouse pad once I got a sticky used one...umm thanks?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit or retire.. everyone is looking after their own self interest there's no reasoning with these people.. anytime you ask anything or suggest anything.. you get a rehearsed answer that doesn't even make sense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. This is the Government. No matter what they say about trying to be like private industry-- it's the GOVERNMENT.

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    Current Employee - Contracting in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Contracting in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Liberal work/life balance and good benefits. The leadership is very political and has no professional background except working for the Government.

    Cons

    Professional level of co-workers is very low. Advancement is non existent, unless you are under 40.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of performers. Measure actual performance, not ridiculous things like employee engagement or other soft targets. Watch the actual bottom line, not made up statistics.

    Forget your National Office wunderkinds- they don't know what they're talking about. Talk to your regions if you really want to know what's going on. Your staff in DC is myopic and not productive.

    Best thing to happen was for Tangherlini to move on, no agenda except cutting costs regardless of the impact on service or quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Not a horrible experience for a contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration

    Pros

    There is room to learn a lot if you start with a great team. If you like working with people and learning some of the gobernment back story and inner workings this a=is a good place.

    Cons

    working with gov't fixures who are fixated in minutia or the not my job mindset. Back biting and pettiness when you think outside the box. Dangerous for a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your contractors. They go through too much to just gain a clearance to be readily expendable by fixtures.

  6. Management analyst with GSA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, benefits, promotion potential. Ability to telework is nice. The transit subsidy helps a lot with commuting costs.

    Cons

    Most boring job imaginable. So much government red tape BS. Lots of lazy employees, crazy, paranoid employees, and weirdos. Not much room for new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on trivial administrative matters, like how long someone is away from their desk during lunchtime, and more on employee performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Too many inconsistent processes and procedures

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for telework and various alternative works schedules.

    Cons

    The Human Resources Department is full of employees that have only worked for the agency and do not have knowledge or do not care to practice good, sound, personnel practices. There is a culture of pre-selection in the HR Department and management/supervisors are blatantly committing Prohibited Personnel Practices by providing favoritism to those who have been "loyal" to GSA instead of promoting/reassigning based on merit, knowledge, skills, and abilities. There is an issue with veterans preference being improperly adjudicated and personnel selected for positions from public announcements based on the erroneous veterans preference status. Simple HR terms are not understood by some of the uneducated/ignorant managers. Many of the HR "Specialists" do not even know how to do basic qualifications, job analysis, pay setting, etc. The whole HR department needs to be overhauled. There are a few good HR people; however, they tend to not last very long because of the disorganization, inconsistency, and egos that are overly inflated of people in leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider announcing all HR positions through the National Recruitment Center that is being established and having the area of consideration merit-wide. Do not let managers make hiring decisions based on favoritism or friendships that are established. Ensure there is panel of interviewers that are from various offices and do not allow panels to be established in one office where one of the panel members is the supervisor of another panel member. Require HR personnel to attend HR training through USDA for any courses relevant if not already trained in those areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. I like it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people that lead to great teamwork.

    Cons

    Theres always a bad seed in every office. In which it kind of ruins everything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more employees to get training in other fields or more in depth in their current field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. GSA Region 2

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    Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Leasing Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Balance, Telework available

    Cons

    Moving to the 55th Floor of 1WTC, Some micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are things that work in other Regions in GSA that should be implemented here, and are not. Management is struggling to find ways to get things done when they are working well elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Interview

    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    very basic interview but very professional

    Cons

    Pay wasn't what I wanted but accepted

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

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    • 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

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