US International Trade Administration

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Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Great experience

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

    I worked at US International Trade Administration part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Red tape and some unmotivated staff

  2. Good for skill-building but not the place for intellectual curiosity

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

    I worked at US International Trade Administration as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of data skills: different databases, excel and access tricks, etc.

    Cons

    Intern work is mostly a lot of data gathering and basic analysis. Also, it is obvious that anyone below an Office Director or DAS position does not get a lot of say in processes or final products. Basically, there is a lot of bureaucracy despite the lot of smart and talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Giving analyst/specialist positions more of an active role in shaping how work is done and being amenable to new ideas and suggestions.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Trade Policy Specialist

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    Former Employee - Trade Policy Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Trade Policy Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US International Trade Administration full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    -You will work in the heart of D.C. and shape export policy

    Cons

    -The process of creating export policy sometimes feels like pushing paper

    Advice to Management

    -Be a little more in touch with the average American citizen.

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  5. Great place for an internship to get basic office experience

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    Current Intern - Trade Specialist
    Current Intern - Trade Specialist

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Opens up doors for other jobs within the government

    Cons

    Interning in an environment of a slower office due to working for the gov can potentially lower your expectations of what should be done during a day at the office

    Advice to Management

    As an intern, I dealt with a variety of personalities. Especially one boss who very much believed everyone needed to work there way up from the bottom. He got his friend to offer me a job to clean the warehouse once I graduated with my degree. I firmly declined as I other companies saw much more value in me.

  6. Great place to work but depends on which branch you are at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US International Trade Administration

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

    Pros

    Exciting work with lots of opportunity to interact with industry people

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic and sometimes too much office politics

  7. Helpful (3)

    Extraordinarily challenging, yet rewarding, work environment where we are able to help U.S. companies succeed.

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    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This organization allows one to learn from some of the best international, business and policy experts in the nation while also help U.S. companies do business in the global marketplace in order to increase job growth at home. In addition, to the work we do directly supports the President on the National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports by 2014. This is historic in terms of prioritization of national policies, and ITA plays a key role in shaping and executing this effort.

    Cons

    The organization has suffered from stagnation in thinking over the last 20 years in terms of providing outside-the-box solutions to assisting U.S. companies in the global marketplace. In addition, it has perennially suffered from low satisfaction rates as a place to work in the federal government according to Employee Viewpoint Surveys. The organization could do better in terms of providing employees a way critically to engage leadership, and I believe it will in the coming years.

    Advice to Management

    Create stronger processes for allowing employees at all levels to intellectually engage in change management. Encourage and reward employees for creating new ways of providing service. Listen more and authentically communicate the organizational vision, consistently, to create a sense of credibility and trust in the workforce.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Exciting environment as compared to other government agencies

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    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US International Trade Administration

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not a typical government agency in that they want to improve and make necessary changes instead of doing things because they've always been done that way

    Cons

    Still has the bureaucracy and lots of old-fashioned people. Their technology is very behind and need to update programs and how colleagues can communicate with each other.

    Advice to Management

    I would make sure that performance evaluations are being taken seriously and that upper level managers are being thorough in their reviews of their employees. There needs to be an agency-wide passion for improvement, especially in an era where trade is so important.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Working in international trade is the greatest

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    Current Employee - International Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - International Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth and rapid advancement on global issues that affect the economy.

    Cons

    Some of the processes, and paperwork are a little bit tedious and dated.

    Advice to Management

    Further support for career development through education.

  10. Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US International Trade Administration

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, interesting work, telecommunication, great benefits, smart coworkers

    Cons

    Down time in between complaints

    Advice to Management

    More efficiency needed

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