Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2020

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3.8
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
191 Ratings
Pros
  • "Learned so much about different applications in public health(in 67 reviews)

  • "Mission - Work life balance - Dedicated technical staff(in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "The "red tape" can be difficult to navigate as well(in 27 reviews)

  • "Working for the federal government means it's impossible to get fired(in 12 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Excellent team to work with, rewarding mission"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow 

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time

    Pros

    Working on the Zika epidemic was a fantastic opportunity and I could not have asked for a better team

    Cons

    The ORISE fellowship is often the only inroad for working in a government agency, but the tax setup is absurd and makes saving for retirement impossible

  2. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really good place to work with passionate about public health

    Cons

    There is so hierarchy within the organization

  3. "Working at CDC"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good employees doing important work

    Cons

    Training and job opportunities can be limited for those not at Atlanta HQ.

  4. "Where science and practice meet!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Telework privileges are nice to have.

    Cons

    Pay is better for contractors.

  5. "Research Assistant at CDC"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Slow paced, low pressure, very good place for people who are getting ready for retirement.

    Cons

    Very strict regulation for every aspect of work; Too much paperwork for any work related application

  6. "Good place to learn and grow"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Public Health Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    Short time frame, make each moment count

  7. "CDC"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Support Specialist 

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great way to build experience

    Cons

    Can be a stressful work environment.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "PHAP program"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Health Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a 2-year training program geared towards individuals wanting to get their foot in the door in the public health world my assigning you to a host site. I've been very fortunate at my host site and have learned a lot in the short amount of time I've been here.

    Cons

    The first year salary of GS-5 is not ideal especially if living in an area with a high COL.

  9. "Negative Experiences"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Biologist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time

    Pros

    High work life balance, no pressure, comfortable

    Cons

    Little room for growth, no efficiency

  10. "Good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor 

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Strict and long hiring process

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