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U.S. Government Accountability Office Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
81 Reviews

3.4
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U.S. Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro
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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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  1.  

    Smart people, slow pace

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Smart 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).

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    nice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coordinating with fellow staff was fun

    Cons

    Dullsville to the max every day

  3.  

    Job prospects are improving.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, which makes it family friendly. Depending on the team you're on, you may work on one project for up to about a year or on several at once. Work you are doing is for Congress and sometimes leads to saving the government money, testimonies, and news media attention.

    Cons

    Antiquated IT systems and equipment, but some of it was postponed to avoid furloughs and/or RIFs. Hiring and COLA has been non-existent for the past few years. Hard to be promoted after the first promotion level (2A).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to the "retired on active duty" types, because the younger workers get discouraged. Like that you put employees first in tight budgetary times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Analyst

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

    Pros

    The agency has a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The work can be demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    GAO Analyst

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

    Pros

    Variety of work topics
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Treat Ph.D.s like everyone else, i.e., don't seem to value a Ph.D.'s expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good work/life balance, but work can be tedious

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Interesting topics to work on, work/ife balance, co-workers are pleasant, good travel if you're on the right team, good benefits.

    Cons

    Tedious at times, if you are on a bad team you're going to have a long 9-18 months finishing a project, too much structure at times which inhibits creativity, many layers of review, and little control over your own work, and limited promotion opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shorten engagements, not every engagement needs to be 9 months or longer. Become more efficient in the way we conduct out work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing Agency to work for

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful work-life balance, they really care about their employees. You also get to know projects in-depth, and get wonderful visibility with upper management. They care about career progression and provide helpful feedback for employees.

    Cons

    You work on one project continuously, so if you like lots of different tasks it may be boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work, but slow career growth at relatively low pay

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

    Pros

    Access to high-level government officials, work that is interesting and relevant, new projects every 9-12 months, get to work on a variety of topics, can move around the agency to work on new portfolios, great flexible work environment

    Cons

    Slow job growth, lower salary than comparable jobs in executive branch agencies or private sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more efforts to help good analysts climb up the career ladder

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Telework friendly, decent pay (until a few years ago), always learning

    Cons

    AIC's have little say but take most of the blame. Also poor performers and intellectual bullies are rampant.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work if you want to be a full time researcher

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

    Pros

    GAO has a great training program and offers a very supportive environment for new hires. It's a great opportunity to work as a researcher. You get to analyze data and interview senior agency officials in way that wouldn't be possible anywhere else. GAO is also increasing its telework opportunities.

    Cons

    Extremely limited mobility within the agency - both to other policy teams and for promotions. The agency only does one thing: audit other agencies. There are virtually no opportunities to do something other than research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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