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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and good bonus.

    Cons

    work load is intensive though it's doable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Rewarded for merit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The collegiality, pay, flexibility, respect for hard work and intelligence, and community of scientists and engineers is fantastic. I know of no other organization where scientific and engineering employees are at every level of management, and firmly in charge of the organization. Being in a union has benefits with respect to clearly understanding your job requirements. You have a very clear understanding of what is required of you, and what your rewards will be.

    Cons

    Mentally taxing work. Difficult to engage meaningfully with work where you are not a creative contributor, but a judge and legal examiner. There is a lack of tangibility in your work product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is doing a great job adjusting incentives to focus the examining corps on mission objectives. The work-life balance is phenomenal. Unrivaled anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    #1 place to work in the Federal government

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Great benefits
    Great training
    Great pay
    Great telework program
    Law school reimbursement program
    Employee assistant program
    Diversity
    Different positions available

    Cons

    Work in isolation most of the time
    Has to meet production requirement
    Deadlines to submit work
    Too much computer use
    Bad manager/mentor can affect your work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a white collar sweat shop.

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    Former Intern - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The tech side of it is interesting

    Cons

    all that matters is "count Monday"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Watch Out for The 10th Floor!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OPEA Team Member in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - OPEA Team Member in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Support staff and infrastructure are fantastic. Very helpful, kind and hard working.

    Cons

    Senior Level Management -- on the executive floor in particular. Major Diva-like behavior, favoritism, alcoholism, spineless, smarthy senior "leader" who don't lead anything but the "yes" party.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually talk to your staff. People are miserable and you all walk around like everything is rosy. Tell the BUs to stop being so deceitful in cahoots with HR. People are not stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for self-starters to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very well delineated promotion goals for examiners. You own your work and do not need to rely on others completing their tasks. You are also permitted to work at home full time.

    Cons

    Minimal interactions with other people so you are very isolated. The job is extremely repetitive and you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again. If you get a bad manager it will ruin your time there since they control your job progress when first hired. Do not offer tuition reimbursement or allow examiners to take unpaid leave to study for the bar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Modern Slavery

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

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The time flexibility and Salary is great...

    Cons

    You will grow to hate your daily life, because the pressure is just too high. People work there only for the money, however it seem 95% people who works there grow to dislike what they do..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its ok, as long as you have a good SP

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

    Best place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, salary, no micro-managing, trainings, growth potentials, benefits...

    Cons

    production can be a bit stressful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, excellent benefits, job security

    Cons

    The work is very repetitive. lack of career advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work life balance here is amazing. Work from anywhere. Tons of sick and vacation leave. Flexible hours. If you do good work you will quickly gain responsibility and be managing your own docket. Great job for independent type people who are self starters.

    Cons

    Not a lot of exit options or room for advancement. Work is repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more from within. There are great people within the examiner ranks who are capable of serving in leadership positions and have a wealth of knowledge about how the pto operates and how it can be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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