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"Contractor beware"

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Former Contractor - Computer in Alexandria, VA
Former Contractor - Computer in Alexandria, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

You are allowed to sit inside and sometimes chair is not broken You have long table to share in a dark room. You are allowed to have lunch and use restroom as long as it doesn't interfere with your duties & meetings.

Cons

No work-life balance. Employees are people, but we are slaves and have no free desires. NOT working mother friendly. Meeting often schedule from 5:30-6:30 pm at last minute. Not urgent too. Very angry if contractors taking off day to have sick child. Must bring own pens, notepads, and anything else to work; these pencil are for 'employee" not "contractor". You don't deserve.

 Many fail project should tell you something.- atmosphere is great nervousness and disconent. People leave for other jobs very fast, or they forced out. If you come here, little chance to succeed. Mostly to be mis-treated. Not a good place.

Advice to Management

Treat contractor like human being. Not so angry all time too.

Other Employee Reviews for US Patent and Trademark Office

  1. "Great learning experience and a wonderful government job."

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    Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and fantastic working environment. get to see the cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    be prepared to read through hundreds of patents daily.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A very different type of job"

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    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very Flexible, you have a lot of flexibility to not live your life consumed by your job. Once you get into a rhythm of a positive work habits, its a job where you can feel like your own boss.

    Cons

    Very isolated. Not much interaction with other examiners. The higher the grade level the more work you are expected to produce which can lead to greater stress and anxiety. I have used the term "intellectual sweatshop" which gives a vivid idea of the production requirements they expect from you. But its all about maintaining good production work habits.
    Some supervisors are very old school in their methods and will frustrate you to no end with their nit picking, while others understand that it is a production based job and there is not enough time to cross ever T and dot ever I.
    If you get stuck with a crappy SPE (Supervisory Patent Examiner) your pretty much doomed.

    Advice to Management

    Give new examiners more information and awareness of their options in their working environment (Art Units). Create a 360 degree of review such that as supervisors review the progress of new hires, new hires are able to review the ability of the supervisor since until one becomes a SPE or a Primary Examiner, they are at the will of the SPE.

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