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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reviews

Updated November 18, 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. "Love It"

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of options to temporarily try new positions while still keeping your original job.
    Opportunity to work with and learn from smart, capable people every day.
    CDC staff must be flexible to deal with current events. Only people who can deal with change, who want help the agency meet its objectives where ever on planet earth and whenever need apply.

    Cons

    Severe competition for new jobs, promotions.
    Volatile changes in Administration when idiots are in charge in Washington.
    Overall dumbing down of American population in regards to understanding the role of science in public health.

    Advice to Management

    Be more physically active in local communities nationwide and sponsor public health educational campaigns, in person. Flyers available on websites is not cutting it. More one-on-one, more personalized work with youth and children is needed to help educate future generations. Current crisis in public health is due to lack of awareness/knowledge of basic health concepts.


  2. "Public Health Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Leading public health agency in the world and opportunity to make a difference in public health not only in the US, but globally as well.

    Cons

    Homogenous upper Managment and senior leadership.

  3. "cdc"

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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

    Pros

    very eventful, never gotten bored , always doing something

    Cons

    There isn't any cons at all

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what y'all are doing


  4. "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


  5. "Electronic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and job is constantly challenging

    Cons

    You never know what congress is doing with budget or what benefits will be changed.


  6. "good experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Steady work, passionate coworkers who are educated and experienced

    Cons

    Politics of government work and dysfunction within the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to get rid of bad eggs. Not just shuffle them around.


  7. "They've bought into their own hype"

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

    Pros

    Project that you won't find elsewhere but that may change in new political climit

    Cons

    Med-epi is king so they'll always be the leaders, even of project they are not qualified for. Organization doesn't understand project management or communications.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in other non-med Epi public health staff so you are better able to respond with expertise.

  8. "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. "ORISE Fellowships can be hit or miss"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, plenty of seminars available during work hours that can expose you to some great research

    Cons

    Experience is extremely dependent on your supervisor. There can sometimes be a complete lack of communication or support from your PI. My supervisor has little experience or interest in managing people and is only focused on the research. This fellowship is supposed to be a learning experience, but you can get stuck grinding out work and doing the same thing each day for years. Unless you are very lucky, you will probably not get an FTE after a fellowship.


  10. "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.


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