U.S. General Services Administration Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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U.S. General Services Administration Acting Administrator Daniel M. Tangherlini
Daniel M. Tangherlini
49 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. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission and great people

    Cons

    sr. leadership is more interested in themselves than the staff


  2. Only for those who want money for nothing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    telework, stability, regular pay check

    Cons

    terrible, bullying political management. seems to have gotten worse since the conference scandal, not better. the scandal was completely unrelated to conferences, training and travel. conferences, training, and travel are necessary for us to do our jobs. the scandal was about lies and thievery and the complete and total failure of the bureaucracy to hold a 15 accountable for anything whatsoever. was that addressed? not in the slightest. innocents were prevented from doing their jobs. untouchable GS-15s continued to lie. can't say I feel sorry for Martha when she had evidence of lies and thievery and told congress she did not have the discretion to mark him down on appas.

    Advice to Management

    more than half of the people in management should have never, ever been selected. it shocks us around the water cooler to see the people who are promoted. most of us would love to see talented, good, fair people in management positions. we know that is not what's going on.


  3. Okay place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration part-time

    Pros

    Benefits, paid time off, Tele work, holidays, nice welcoming employees for the most part.

    Cons

    Alot of work, hard to get info from established workers, some times had to go to multiple people to find and answer.


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  5. Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to Work. Family Friendly

    Cons

    there are no cons for this job


  6. Somewhere between a public and private sector organization

    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    At the time I worked there, it was a really a great place to work. It was felt a lot more like a private sector organization than the stereotypical government organization. It was supportive of finding new and better ways of doing business and recognized good performance.

    Cons

    Some divisions were quite political in the way things were managed. Egos got in the way on occasion.

    Advice to Management

    Stay relevant, progressive and innovative.


  7. Mechanical Inspector

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Inspector in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Mechanical Inspector in Suitland, MD

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good place to work .

    Cons

    Not good if you have a poorly written contract.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contractor's as people and not just a number.


  8. Good place to work overall

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Work/life balance - telework, work from anywhere -Training opportunities -Some of the work is interesting

    Cons

    -Seemingly random/secret promotions; almost impossible to know what you need to do to advance -Negative perception of GSA due to recent scandal(s) -New-hire training is severely lacking; almost nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    -Implement a regimented training program for new hires like any successful organization would -Revamp how promotions are given -Make advancement criteria more clear


  9. Good environment, difficult to make progress

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

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team environment, progressive work practices and policies.

    Cons

    Difficult to make progress over time and accountability / expectations not as high as needed.


  10. Program Analyst

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

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, people are nice.

    Cons

    Very difficult to obtain a permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out new talent


  11. Looks like a great organization...from outward appearances

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

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

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

    Pros

    * Great work/life balance due to various flexible work schedules being available. * Tele-work flexibility * Friendly employees

    Cons

    * Extremely political agency * Promotion go by longevity/whom you know rather than by skills/knowledge * Lots of supervisory/management involvement even on tasks that should be autonomous * Stuck in their ways and recommendations only taken seriously when given by "favorite" employees. * Talent tends to leave because of seemingly unfair promotion policies, there is something wrong when higher graded team leads or supervisors lack some of the basic technical skills needed for the job, yet they keep getting promoted.

    Advice to Management

    * Develop better promotion/detail/advancement opportunity policies that don't hinge on tenure with agency. * Conduct internal audits when turnover rates seem high and don't just listen to the supervisor's explanation. * Have meaningful discussions with workforce to determine what can be done to improve job satisfaction and/or retention.



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