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CDC Atlanta Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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CDC Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
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  • Lots of red tape as you would expect with any government job (in 17 reviews)

  • Very difficult if not impossible to transition into a permanent full-time position (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great Pay and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, liberal leave policy. Science-y types fit in well here.

    Cons

    Promotions and awards based on youth, favoritism and your political viewpoint (liberals preferred). Awards based on your boss's motivation and have little or nothing to do with employee performance. Military service is not respected. "Managers" are mostly scientists with little or no leadership/soft skills.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive environment for scientific work and international development

    Cons

    Sometimes down time or unclear management processes

    Advice to Management

    Find hard workers and promote them!


  3. "Working at the CDC"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Internship in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC as an intern

    Pros

    The CDC has a plethora of resources that are available to you as an intern. You have the ability to learn so much and you are around people that are wiling to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

    Cons

    The CDC is a governmental organization and this shows within the organization. As someone who is very passionate about social justice and health disparities there isn't necessarily room to explore these things within the organization.


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  5. "Rich experience, but not perfect"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC as a contractor

    Pros

    Highly valued outside of the organization, as a contractor for the CDC. Access to rich, interesting professional development opportunities (e.g., free CDC U 1-5 day courses, 1-hour-long guest lectures/panels).

    Value emphasized on experience, over just if you have an MD. I have an MPH + 5 years work experience, and feel like I am treated equally as colleagues with a PhD and similar work experience overall.

    Cons

    Some "doctor-splaining" happens (some - not all! - MDs view themselves as superior to the MPHs / PhDs.

    You're working for the government, so changes in administration can have an impact. This is particularly true for those in global health, who fall under Chief of Mission (the Ambassador) in-country, and can be a target.

    Advice to Management

    Would encourage management to allow contractors to participate more fully (e.g., actively engage in objective review of applications).


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Contractor - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is immensely fulfilling.

    Cons

    Grantees need more technical assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Newly hired Ph.d's need professional staff mentors their first year on board. Many have been in school forever and have difficulty translating and applying theory to practice.


  7. "dialysis tech"

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    Current Employee - Dialysis Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Dialysis Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    long hours free food good pay

    Cons

    have to get up at 4 in the morning

    Advice to Management

    very little to emprove to managment


  8. "Slow pay growth"

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    Current Employee - Managementanayt in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Managementanayt in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My division has great management

    Cons

    Federal government so a lot of perks, but perks aren't monetary . Also, more responsibilities do not equal more pay.


  9. "Limited opportunities"

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    Former Intern - Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    This was my first job and I just happened to have a great supervisor who really supported me and guide me along. Its very slow paced and the work itself is not very challenging.

    Cons

    Almost always needs a Phd or MD to get into higher positions. Limited opportunities to move up and limited opportunities to get a full-time federal position with benefits. There was a lot of office politics and there were almost no repercussions (can be a pro and con) for doing a bad job, just a small slap on the wrist.


  10. "Orise Fellow- Master's Level"

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    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for recent graduate to gain research experience and network.

    Cons

    Very difficult if not impossible to transition into a permanent full-time position.


  11. "Review work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can work independently on major projects.

    Cons

    Poor promotion potential; support depends.


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