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Washington DC Government Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
72 Reviews

2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing here is job security (in 7 reviews)

  • High call volume, interesting work environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Small office and a lot of work to do for a small amount of people (in 2 reviews)

  • Did not provide good subpport to line staff (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience but not so challenging work.

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    Former Employee - Outreach Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Outreach Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great opportunity to help out in the community and be a valuable resource and advocate for local African community.
    Fulfilling work.
    Office literally runs on interns! Great opportunity to meet and work with different people from all over Africa.

    Cons

    Internship is unpaid.
    Amount of activity depends on upcoming events and activities. May be underutilized or left to do unchallenging work if the office is going through a slow period.
    I noticed a bit of distance between the management and the interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should work at showing more appreciation for interns.
    There should also be a conscious effort to bridge the awkwardness between interns and management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good job if you like the city

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    Former Employee - Firefighter Paramedic  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Firefighter Paramedic in Washington, DC

    Pros

    High call volume, interesting work environment

    Cons

    Traffic, just a cog in the wheel

    Recommends
  3.  

    So much potential, but yet to be realized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Performance Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Performance Officer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunity for talented individuals to advance within the DC Government. There are also many opportunities to experience things in a more comprehensive, yet compressed fashion than in the private sector. I think that working in DC Government is a great segue for consulting. Great working environment and good for relationship building.

    Cons

    Unstable leadership, lack of overall vision and strategic direction, no real focus on bottom lines. Sometimes, it can be difficult and frustrating to navigate through egos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on professional development and investing in staff that show potential and promise. Figure out more effective ways to recruit and retain high quality talent that who is actually vested in the organization's mission. Communicate better and figure out ways to eliminate redundancy and not operate in silos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Inexperienced Management

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    Former Employee - Administrative Law Judge  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Law Judge in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Job security and benefits with regular hours

    Cons

    Management interfers in legal decisions with politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not sabotage legal determinations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You learn a lot about DC politics

    Cons

    more politics than you want

  7.  

    DC government

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I can't think of too many pros

    Cons

    Entirely too much micro management and bureaucracy

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    DCHR's leadership is uniquely incompetent and/or inexperienced in the areas they manage. It's politics & who you know.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The non-managers in benefits and training are professional and hardworking.
    I like my office has a nice window.
    Decent benefits compared to small companies.

    Cons

    Bad judgement, CYA action , and no professional depth means lots and lots of money is thrown away.
    A few managers are dishonest about what they say to their employees in private. One manager always lies to cover mistakes. There is a lot of underhanded doings and manager's managers aren't experienced enough to know when they are being fooled or when bad decisions are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees with opportunity to voice their thoughts without fear of it coming back to them. Value true knowledge in specific HR areas. Open your eyes - some of your managers are not what they seem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    The Worst Experience I've Ever Had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Many salaries are inline with private industry.

    Cons

    Most executive level employees are inexperienced and lack the necessary skills to create positive, strong work environments. Finding executive level employees with ethical barometers is difficult. There is too much political interference in program matters. I experienced numerous, human resource errors that cost me time and money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to lead and manage; Communicate with and treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Project Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Open to new ideas, professional environment. Consistent paycheck, small station that allow master all departments.

    Cons

    Too much red tape to jump-start projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Government television with small window for the creative.

  11.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great potential for doing meaningful work for a city on the rise.

    Cons

    Executive leadership and legislative talent still hampered by legacy issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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