TSP is the retirement savings plan and matched up to 5%. Maternity and Paternity leave is allowed and encouraged but not paid for. You must have sufficient sick or annual leave to cover it. Insurance options are great, probably around 100 to choose from. Pension offered after a certain age and a certain number of years employed, appears to require a lifetime commitment. Student Loan Repayment Options for certain positions, up to 10 years or $60,000, but require a multi-year commitment. Locality pay in DC and many countries based on security risk and cost of living.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) also known as 401k, offers the ability to match your salary $1 for $1, leaving you doubling your TSP contributions each pay period. In 2017, unfortunately there is no designated maternity or paternity leave per se, without conditions. In some instances, some have been forced to use their personal sick leave first before requesting "administrative leave" or "comp time" towards maternity or paternity leave. There are pros and cons to this because a person just starting in government may not have accumulated enough bi-weekly sick leave to take off for say 3 months for paternity leave. It will take the act of Congress to institute such a package for federal employees. Until then, this is where things stand.
Best Thing: Moving expenses, housing, and education allowances provided to those in the Foreign Service. Excellent medical insurance coverage, Worst Thing: Low base pay in comparison to the private sector.
Best: Offers many good options for health insurance and matches up to 5% for retirement contributions. Worst: Insurance is not an added benefit, fee is deducted from paycheck.
TSP + Pension + cheap amazing health insurance...simply unbeatable.
very good benefits. contingent on 20 years and age 50 though for full time
The benefit package is pretty stable and one of the best around...
health insurance and TSP...these are the best if you are single with no kids
No privet or corporate office provides better benefits packages than state. You will have room to grow if you can. relocate and no worries on getting laid off due to out sourcing job
As a Personal Services Contractor (PSC) there are no real federal benefits, though limited compensation is available for health insurance. No retirement plan is available.
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.