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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Reviews

Updated August 9, 2018
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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)

  • "It is extremely difficult to get hired full time" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    very helpful, knowledgeable lab team

    Cons

    There's a lot of hoops that need to be jumped through for each process; it makes sense though since it is a governmental organization with a ton of important information and research being conducted


  2. "Public Health Associate"

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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

    Great training experience for those interested in working in public health.

    Cons

    Have to be willing to relocate anywhere
    Pay is not that great
    Everyone's experience is not the same

  3. "Premier Public Health Agency"

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    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor 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

    Important mission, great salaries, intelligent coworkers, opportunities for training and career development, beautiful campus

    Cons

    CDC is one of the only federal agencies not in DC, so it feels disconnected at times. Landing permanent FTE position is difficult.


  4. "Public Health Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity for professional development and networking.

    Cons

    Experience in the role depends on placement which is non-negotiable.


  5. "CEIP"

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

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

    Pros

    -does good for public health
    -learn phone skills

    Cons

    -management not willing to change
    -hard to advance within organization
    -low pay compared to comparable positions in the area


  6. "Fellow"

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

    Pros

    - Able to get a behind the curtain experience of the ways in which the federal government operates
    - The vast majority of the people are passionate and dedicated to their work
    - Depending on your supervisor (which is just like anywhere else), you may have the ability to work on outbreak responses and be exposed to other work

    Cons

    - Similar to other government agencies, the work is slower than one would like based on all the policies and procedures
    - It can be easy to get complacent once you're in the system
    - Compensation is not the best but I've heard that the benefits are great for full-time employees


  7. "Epidemiologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    there is plenty of job security after 1 year probation
    easy to move around to different divisions and centers

    Cons

    little room for innovation, moves very slow

  8. "Intern in the Malaria Branch"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Loved the people, flexible hours, laid back.

    Cons

    The work could get boring / repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Health communication specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 8 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is positive, upbeat, and fast paced, and teams of dedicated professionals are always willing to lend a hand.

    Cons

    Working for the government can be difficult with layers of administrative red tape and bureaucracy. Projects can take much longer than expected to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye towards innovation and pushing the envelope as far as outside the box thinking and ways to get more done with less.


  10. "Public Health Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On-site learning, workforce development, support for higher education

    Cons

    Low pay for PHAP associates, PTO also seems low for associates.


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