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Updated February 27, 2017
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  • Lots of red tape as you would expect with any government job (in 17 reviews)

  • Due to the general bureaucracy of working for the federal government, it is hard to gain full time employment (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Fellow in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Foothold toward Federal Employment
    Experience with Multiple Levels of Stakeholders

    Cons

    Few Openings
    Lower Pay
    Limited growth potential


  2. "Public Health Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC full-time

    Pros

    Great training and great atmosphere

    Cons

    You will have to be open to moving around a lot for consistent promotion


  3. "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.


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  5. "CDC PHAP Program"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Associate
    Former Employee - Public Health Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work with passionate individuals.

    Cons

    No cons while working here


  6. "Best Government Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDC full-time

    Pros

    CDC is amazing. Their sole purpose is to save lives. CDC has global offices and partners with other health organizations for the greater good of saving lives. Not just in our back yard but world wide. No matter your position, you will contribute to CDC's mission. And the benefits are great!!!

    Cons

    Can't think of any. I love the division and branch I am in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up the great work!


  7. "A wonderful agency to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC full-time

    Pros

    A mission you can believe in, and a reputation for being the best in the world.

    Cons

    Your immediate management (specifically your team or branch) affects your entire career, especially if the management is of the oblivious/old-school variety. Budget available for necessary activities is based on the political party in power.


  8. "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.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC full-time

    Pros

    Great team! You work with an amazing group of people who work hard to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Very political. Upper management can never make decisions without jumping through a lot of hoops.


  10. "Not great for career stability without an MD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great for professional development, and moving laterally within the company.

    Cons

    Poor for having opportunities for mobility within the agency.


  11. "Pretty swell place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun lab, laid back. Whether you have a good time or not REALLY depends on which lab you work for.

    Cons

    It's run by the government. Sometimes it more apparent than other times.



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