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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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Atlanta, GA

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
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  • working within government structure means sometimes having to go through a lot red tape (in 20 reviews)

  • Challenging to land permanent full-time opportunities for early career professionals (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Contractor - SAP Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - SAP Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great diverse people. Nice office and cafeterias

    Cons

    Parking can be an issue at times


  2. "PHA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and lots of learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Only there for 2 years as a contractor.

  3. "Career employee"

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    Current Employee - Chief Science Officer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Chief Science Officer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. Incredible people. Access to best science labs in world. Global impact on public health. First response in public health emergency. World class facilities. Superb reputation for excellence in science and medicine. Excellent training. Federal benefits. Not in DC

    Cons

    Subject to political forces. Federal pay and benefits may not keep pace with private sector counterparts. International deployments can be challenging-long.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not for younger generation"

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    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CDC has “brand recognition” and will look good on your CV. You can learn a lot about ways in which decisions around public health and science research are made at the federal level. Good place to network with research types.

    Cons

    Not the best place to grow if you are a public health advisor or non-med/epi. CDC is very hierarchical and old school when it comes to management and leadership. Don’t expect a lot of flexibility or creativity in work schedules, leaderships styles or approaches to solving problems. Management also tends to lack in diversity with little desire to change. Would not recommend for going, dynamic people looking to grow.


  5. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    surrounded by and collaborate with world-class researchers/experts in the field
    impactful work

    Cons

    bureaucracy
    sometimes it feels like you're a small fish in a big ocean


  6. "Content Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - Content Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Contractor - Content Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, work environment is relaxed.

    Cons

    Department of Communications can be too quiet at times.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sucks, lets just be honest"

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    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People who know nothing about real science will be impressed

    Cons

    Discrimination, favoritism, cover-ups, some areas have lie about science results, (being real), the list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    You guys need to stop covering up your discrimination issues. You better straighten up because people are actually waking up. The name CDC is not cutting alone anymore. You are going to actually have to make your company real. Outside of your sector you are not respected and regular science industry is actually surpassing you guys. I wouldn't recommend working here if you want excitement, reward, and if you value diversity, or if you are a minority. This place is best for a VERY small portion of the population. CDC does not cut the mustard.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with. Excellent benefits. Ability to telework.

    Cons

    Office work is heavy with politics and unnecessary problems. Typical of an office job.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors should be given better contracts.


  9. "review"

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    Current Employee - Health Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Health Scientist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, flat management structure

    Cons

    Not having a PhD limits career progression options


  10. "ORISE: You Get What You Apply For"

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

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent way of getting your foot in the door.

    Cons

    You are pretty disposable and your work isn't likely to go noticed or rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    I imagine there are a variety of experiences when it comes to ORISE/CTR positions, but the common refrain is that the "prestigious" fellowship is less prestiege and more cheap labor for unfilled staff positions. I can't blame the CDC or dept. heads for utilizing this seemingly inexhaustible pool of overeager applicants (what with Rollins right next door), but you might produce better ex-employees with a bit more attention to the mentoring side of the program.


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