US Patent and Trademark Office

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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
173 Reviews
3.6
173 Reviews
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Pros
  • it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work (in 27 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and workload (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Has to meet production requirement (in 8 reviews)

  • Challenging production requirements (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best 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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    production can be a bit stressful

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

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, excellent benefits, job security

    Cons

    The work is very repetitive. lack of career advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent for the duration I was there.

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

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours for the duration I was there; good work environment; safe and secure.

    Cons

    compensation as per GS scale and qualifications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate external qualifications and experience into GS policies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and there are many telework options, including exclusively working from home, which gives employees the ability to work from anywhere in the country. The promotion requirements are clearly written and laid out in black and white without any office politics involved. The pay is good and there are options of earning overtime and bonuses.

    Cons

    Some attorneys are difficult to deal with and are uncooperative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The worst thing a manager can do to demoralize an employee is micromanage, so please avoid that to keep employees happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It was great.

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

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

    Pros

    The pros are the full-time telework and the enhanced GS pay scale. You can live anywhere and not have to report to work.

    Cons

    When you are junior your work is reviewed. If the person reviewing your work doesn't know what they are doing, you are in trouble. They will constantly return your work and tell you to redo it for ridiculous reasons and you won't be able to make the quota and you will either work 100 hours a week or get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective on who you hire into management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    great job!

    • 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

    if you can manage your time then this job is fantstic. everything is on you though and there is a lot of accountability but that's generally a good thing. salary is great, bonuses a plenty as well as OT

    Cons

    too many new initiatives at the same time, COPA, CPC, AIA too many acronyms! higher ups are not really sure what they want

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less concurrent initiatives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I tremendously regret ever leaving this place.

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Down-to-earth management. We all got along great. Not overly worked or stressed out.

    No problems whatsoever. It was literally the perfect job.

    Also, next to Metro station and lots of places to eat and shop within walking distance.

    Cons

    There aren't any I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing and start hiring again so I can come back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    "The Rejection Office"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and workload.

    Cons

    Every examiner will find out quickly that the unofficial Golden Rule at USPTO is "Whatever your SPE says" [that's what you're gonna have to do, regardless]. SPE = supervisory patent examiner ("the boss of your life", at work). Every examiner is pressured to reject, reject, reject patent applications, for any reason and any pretext.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the whole system and the Agency culture of rejection and obstruction. The Rotten Thing is not in Denmark.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great flexibility

    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The ability to work from home and basically whenever you want is great, along with clear expectations as to how much work you need to do.

    Cons

    The work is very challenging in a way that is not particularly interesting, at least it is not interesting to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep increasing the flexibility of the office, as you have already been doing.

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