U.S. Government Accountability Office

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
87 Reviews
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87 Reviews
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U.S. Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are so professional and the culture really values work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Professional Development Program brings in highly skilled young talent (in 7 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.  

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

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

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    GAO 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.

    Cons

    GAO 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK experience for liberal minded, great experience for conservative.

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

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Senior level management at the director level is astounding.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Could be better, But internal politics holds everyone back

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

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many talented people.

    Cons

    No upward mobility for some people , even if they are talented and competent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent

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    Former Employee - Engagement and Administrative Operations Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engagement and Administrative Operations Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    a good place to work

    Cons

    things are different now. competeing with jobs have changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good for managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 8 years)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for learning research and writing skills, but

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

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    Because 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cubicle life

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart people, slow pace

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

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than an year)

    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
  10.  

    nice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office

    Pros

    Coordinating with fellow staff was fun

    Cons

    Dullsville to the max every day

  11.  

    Analyst

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

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

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