US Patent and Trademark Office

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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
152 Reviews
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Pros
  • it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work (in 26 reviews)

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

    Satisfying work with great flexibility

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with workable hours and time off.

    Cons

    Production and stress of continually keeping up with changes in requirements.

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

    Great location and wonderful environment

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

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

    Pros

    As a contractor, it depends entirely who you work for. I am fortunate enough to have found a decent spot. The atmosphere is surprisingly lax and the campus is wonderful.

    Cons

    Be wary of typical government egos walking around - your usual political games. Never say anything outside of safe chit chat while in mixed company. Don't break any rules, including the ones everyone just skips over and signs on the first day. Recently saw a contractor fired just for logging in internationally to help a coworker while she was on vacation. If you can keep yourself off the blotter, you'll be just fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    great lifestyle

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    VERY FLEXIBLE schedule
    AMAZING entry level salary

    Cons

    high stress level if you fall behind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on keeping on

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

    It is not that rosy as the videos and the survey indicates

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    • 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

    provides good training and resources for searching and reviewing prior art.

    Cons

    no team work and monotonous and tedious clerical work. crazy or mentally ill examiners who do not want to talk to you. spes are the top dogs and control your life. They need to whipped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to make it like a place to work and not like a slavery or serfdom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work At Home "Dream Job"; IF You're OK with the Rinse and Repeat cycle.

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    • Senior Management
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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

    3 words - WORK AT HOME.

    The job gives you that ultimate work/life balance luxury allowing you to work entirely from home, maintain an extremely flexible work schedule and wreak the benefits. Although, don't assume you'll be working from home immediately upon entering the PTO. You'll pay your dues just like you would anywhere. BUT, once you're given the green light, move to anywhere in the country and enjoy.

    Cons

    Pay is decent at the higher levels, but not as comparable to a senior Patent attorney; and sometimes we end up doing their work anyway....

    Work is fairly repetitive and is essentially entirely paperwork-based.

    Engineers that want "hands-on real engineering projects" need not apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time, more time!! :-)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best decent paying jobs you will ever get in this economy.

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Protecting the public from ridiculous "inventions" and stupid attorney who will do anything to get a patent through is a good feeling.
    Reading up on the latest patent application filed and searching for prior art.
    Overall intellectually stimulating work.
    Very FLEXIBLE work hours with standard paid time off and sick leaves.
    Collegial work environment for the most part.
    Promotions based on merit not brown nosing or bias.
    Do not have to worry about an overpaid CEO stuffing their own pay while cutting your job...in fact "job security" is listed on their website as a job benefit.
    Good pay once you get into the higher gs13-15 levels + maximum paid overtime = slightly over $160/year.

    Cons

    So much to do and it never ever stops! And there is a quota system.
    sometimes finding art can take seemingly forever
    management can be a little fickle and the ease of your work life is directly dependent on your supervisor
    Nearby cost of living is high.
    Federal sequester is coming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some supervisors micromanage a little too much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    USPTO

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

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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Great Flex Schedule, Pay and Benefits, and Area

    Cons

    slow paced, monotonous paper pushing, bureaucratic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a good long term job

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    • 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 8 years)

    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
  11.  

    Great benefits, low stress work environment

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

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

    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

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