The retirement package and time off
Subsidized healthcare. Can work at home. TSP matching plan. Pension if vested for 5 years. start with 2 weeks of vacation per year not including sick leave. Can earn credit hours.
They offer a full range of benefits. Everyone is aware that working at the Government provides the best benefits at the lowest cost, compared to private section. There is not much more to explain in terms of benefits
Benefits are standard government benefits. There are numerous options for you to choose from, so do your homework.
The FDA lost my retirement file and it has been lost for over 7 years. What is the use of working to get 10 year permanent status if they loose your file and you cannot get retirement benefits.
It is expensive and there are very few providers in network.
I have a six year consecutive student loan replacement for 10k a year (60k total) that is applied directly to federal loans. After 15 years of working there, all are forgiven. I also have a federal pension, 401k type fund, and additional retirement account which FDA adds 5% to each pay period. I also get a 5% retention incentive bonus each pay period for being a scientist, and was promoted one GS scale 1 year after starting. Worst think about benefits are the annual bonuses. I worked really hard one year and my bonus was still only 1800 after taxes. Relative to industry not a lot, but great compared to other govt agencies (I got zero at NIH).
401k and IRA which is nice, decent leave situation especially if you stay for an extended amount of time.
Best - matching 5% of retirement savings.
Retirement, option to get student loans repaid (not in full).
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.