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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas R Frieden MD MPH
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  • "CDC, it is still a govt agency full of red tape" (in 22 reviews)

  • "As a public health associate, you are treated as a "fellow", rather than full-time employee" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great Training and Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Epidemic Intelligence Service in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Epidemic Intelligence Service in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CDC is an excellent training ground, provides opportunities to make national impact, strong networking platform.

    Cons

    Occasional bureaucratic and HR challenges


  2. "Great place to work, limited long term options for those with less than a doctorate"

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    Current Employee - Orise Fellow
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work culture. Some of the best and brightest people. Usually very interesting work.

    Cons

    For those with a master's degree or less, there are limited long-term growth options

  3. "Contract Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great salary, flex time, telework

    Cons

    Way too much work, too demanding. No time to disconnect and enjoy life


  4. "Program Officer Positions - Underappreciated but interesting work - beware of the Chronic Disease Center"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer Public Health Advisor
    Current Employee - Project Officer Public Health Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart people, amazing public health work with the states and public health professionals. Ideal work for problem solvers who like customer service and a work load that keeps you busy.

    Cons

    The Project Officer or Public Health Advisor role is underappreciated. One of the Chronic Disease Divisions recently hired multiple team leads from outside of the agency to lead experienced teams and respected staff members despite no government experience or knowledge of grants management or HR rules. They are losing talent.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to clean house and get rid of a bunch of project officers and replace them with new ones, do it quickly to avoid further deterioration of service that grant recipients need to be successful.


  5. "Great experience for recent grad"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience in a research lab setting. Exposure to state of the art research equipment. Able to work with many intelligent people.

    Cons

    Benefits for the fellowship were lacking (no retirement, mediocre health care)


  6. "current experience"

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    Current Employee - Public Health Associate
    Current Employee - Public Health Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits
    increase in annual pay
    access to resources
    non-competitive conversion eligible

    Cons

    slow supervisor
    random placement
    bureaucratic
    no COLA raise


  7. "Great Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Public Health Advisor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Public Health Advisor in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn from so many that have been their for years.

    Cons

    That there's the possibility that you get relocated.

  8. "great job security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    great job security and benefits

    Cons

    sometimes innovation & bringing in new ideas is hard


  9. "Leader in Public Health Research"

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

    Pros

    You can work with great researchers in fields

    Cons

    I faced a lot of bureaucracy in paperworks.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, break

    Cons

    salary, opportunity to growth, paid time off

    Advice to Management

    Salary increase