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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews in Virginia

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
149 Reviews

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Pros
  • it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work (in 25 reviews)

  • flexible work schedule allows for family friendly atmosphere, working from home is great (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • A good supervisor makes your life easy, but a micro-managing supervisor can make it more difficult to meet production requirements on time (in 10 reviews)

  • I have used the term "intellectual sweatshop" which gives a vivid idea of the production requirements they expect from you (in 5 reviews)

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    USPTO

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    Current Employee - Primary Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Primary Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    One of the best jobs ever.

    Cons

    Some supervisors may be difficult to get along with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value excellent employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Great Flex Schedule, Pay and Benefits, and Area

    Cons

    slow paced, monotonous paper pushing, bureaucratic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall a good long term job

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    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Job stability is the best in this economy.

    Cons

    The way your work is reviewed and counted can be stressful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great benefits, low stress work environment

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Great benefits
    Low stress work environment
    Promotion is based on individual performance

    Cons

    Repetitive work, but not too boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no qualms with upper management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not bad unless you get sick

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Best pay rate in the US government. Good telework options after a couple years of service.

    Cons

    Production is everything. As long as you send enough out, quality doesn't seem to matter. If you start getting behind they will make your life rough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that things happen that are out of the employee's control. Life happens and sometimes it has a negative effect on work, but remember you've invested a lot in an employee through the training and the years of service. The knowledge is not so easy to replace. Neither is an overachiever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a great place to work because one gets paid to stay current in one's scientific discipline.

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Total flex time, work at home, self-paced, and lots of smart people to work with. And the pay is great.

    Cons

    Counts...the PTO loves to quantify production. This is accomplished by assigning a "count" for certain bits of work (Office Actions). It never ends until retirement. Also, docket management is quantified...don't get behind in your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with the count system and let front line managers actually manage their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unrealistic quotas and isolating work

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    The job has flexible hours where you need to account for 80 hours every 2 weeks. The job has government benefits, including a 401k-like account (TSP). You can telework from anywhere in the continental US. And depending on your drive, current economics, and Congressional budgets, there is Law school reimbursment.

    Cons

    The job is very solitary for some. The production quotas where created in 1976, when some modern technologies where in their infancy. The job duties are more legal than scientific or technical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the job more of a team effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome!

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    It is very flexible, and relaxed.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is too flexible, and relaxed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you don't mind not doing real 'engineering'

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    Former Employee - Extern  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    -Flexible with hours
    -Good starting pay with lots of room to move up the ranks
    -Benefits are great (naturally, seeing as how this is a government job)
    -In regards to above, the benefits will almost surely outweigh all the cons
    -Nice on-location gym (if you are into that)

    Cons

    -Very very very repetitive
    -Not 'real' engineering (this may not matter to some)
    -From what I have heard, a lot can depend on how strict your SPE is. Depending on this you may or may not have a better time.
    -If you do not know what you are doing, the workload can pile up and you may find yourself not meeting deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Loved working at the USPTO

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Freedom, schedule, people, training, salary

    Cons

    Honestly I can't think of anything. Maybe for some people the work can get routine. It never did for me. Some people think the workload is heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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