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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.7 78 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

U.S. Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro

Eugene Louis Dodaro

(45 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great culture, wonderful work-life balance, they really care about their employees(in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule/good work-life balance(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Also poor performers and intellectual bullies are rampant(in 4 reviews)

  • Not a lot of promotion opportunities and annual salary adjustments are generally smaller than those of executive branch agencies(in 4 reviews)

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    Visual Communication Analyst is a great job and love to work with other people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPros is advancement with other positions at GAO and the people there are great. Best place to work in DC.

    ConsNot much of what to think of bad.

     

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    Senior Economist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsMeaningful and interesting work, with possibility of strong policy impact. Great colleagues. Excellent work-life balance.

    ConsSomewhat bureaucratic process to doing the work.

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    Great place to learn a lot and dig into policy analysis. Very risk averse and slow to move, could be good or bad.

    Senior Analyst (Band 2A) (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGAO is a great place to work with the ability to learn about a broad variety of subjects very quickly; you are given a lot of responsibility and are able to interview top officials across government and elsewhere.

    ConsGAO is very risk averse and this can result in not making recommendations that another consulting-style organization might. In addition, promotions can be sometimes dependent on history with GAO instead of ability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK experience for liberal minded, great experience for conservative.

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSenior level management at the director level is astounding.

    ConsVery conservative environment, not for the liberal minded. A lot of old people. Organization does not really have any power. You basically shuffle paper all day. If you are a young person, think of the movie Office Space, that is actually how you will feel if you work there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou cannot put analysts as a mangers. In order to be a manager, you cannot just mange projects but you need to know how to manage people. Make your analysts take human capital training before promoting them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be better, But internal politics holds everyone back

    Senior Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are many talented people.

    ConsNo upward mobility for some people , even if they are talented and competent

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that the technology actually helps people become productive, Don't just deploy for the sake of something new.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent

    Engagement and Administrative Operations Assistant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosa good place to work

    Consthings are different now. competeing with jobs have changed.

    Advice to Senior Managementgood for managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall positive, collaborative work environment, great work-life balance"

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)

    Pros-I find most all colleagues to be supportive and collaborative
    -Great work-life balance in terms of hours, telework, and accommodating time for vacation
    -Opportunity to study a wide range of federal issues
    -Less political than executive agencies as GAO does independent work

    Cons-Reduced budgets have limited opportunities for promotions and created a highly competitive environment amongst peers in the same teams. The promotion process is political and arduous and seems rather subjective.
    -Attention to detail for documentation requirements and the writing process can be extremely tedious at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for learning research and writing skills, but

    Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros1) Smart people
    2) Great benefits
    3) Flexible schedule/good work-life balance

    Cons1) Limited career mobility (i.e. promotions)
    2) Projects last on average about a year. You can get stuck on something that doesn't interest you.
    3) Little control over the projects on which you are posted. They place you wherever you are needed
    4) Limited creativity

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecause there are fewer opportunities to manage and lead projects, create new opportunities to lead in other ways.

    Also, pay more attention to placing folks in teams that really line up with their background and interests. If people get bored and aren't interested, they'll leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cubicle life

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWide variety of projects to get involved with
    Highly important work for the nation

    ConsYou will tend to be stuck in a cubicle all day. The meetings tend to be unproductive depending on your supervisor

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise upper management to keep better tabs on some of the lower management to make sure they are in fact doing their best at their jobs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, slow pace

    Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSmart people, great training programs, and interesting subject matter (if you are lucky enough to get assigned to a report on a subject that interests you).

    ConsVery slow pace, hard to distinguish yourself, hard to effect institutional change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAfter putting new analysts through $1 million of training, make sure they are happy with their assignments to permanent teams. If people are not put on the correct teams, then often leave soon after. Policy analysts all have their areas of policy that they like, they don't want to be thrown at whatever subject matter is available.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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