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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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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 13 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    I started as a GS Level 5 with a great benefits package in terms of health and dental care. The retirement plan was matched at 3%. My boss was great! She was very supportive, and I felt like she had my back when I came across some challenges. The training for employees was also valuable. I could tell they cared about employe growth.

    Cons

    They pay could have been better. I also wished they covered relocation costs. Upper management was not that diverse, which I wish I could have seen.


  2. "Generally good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great job security, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to move up without a PhD

  3. "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


  4. "Fine for coasting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Folks don't work very hard (pro or con), relatively respected organization

    Cons

    Poor leadership, people advance who shouldn't


  5. "Good Security, Sometimes Good Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Science driven organization
    Public service

    Cons

    Red Tape
    Pay structure
    Monotonous work
    Advancement opportunities plateau

    Advice to Management

    Offer more tangible trainings and encourage change in the organization


  6. "Information specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    Decent Pay, but a little below average.


  7. "It's okay"

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    Former Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You're surrounded by some of the world's best researchers and communicators. Lots of room for growth. Great training and seminars.

    Cons

    Very competitive, many folks dislike you for absolutely no reason. There's an air of racism there as well.

  8. "Heatlh Communication Marketing & Media"

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    Current Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Noble work...authentic mission...great workplace environment

    Cons

    Often too slow to innovate

    Advice to Management

    Be more receptive non-public health based ideas


  9. "Executive Administrative Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working with great people

    Cons

    There are not any cons


  10. "Great place to work, with lots of opportunities to move around and learn different functions and topical areas."

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of diversity in types of jobs and functions, great people who are very dedicated and very intelligent, lots of opportunity to move around, lots of opportunities to learn through seminars and other educational sessions

    Cons

    Political environment can take a toll on worker well being; any large bureaucracy is slow with decision making, hierarchical, and can be frustrating


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