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  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 24 reviews)

  • Better job security due to the fact it's a government agency (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Rotating shift work can be fatiguing (in 24 reviews)

  • No cons that I have experienced (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Computer Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Low stress environment
    Diverse environment
    They take work/life balance seriously

    Cons

    No bonuses
    Little career growth opportunity


  2. Helpful (2)

    "No Advancement Opportunity for Technical People"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits package
    Stable job - low risk of layoffs
    Easy work for good pay
    Not much else that I can think of

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employee needs
    If you are not on management track, the opportunities for advancement are nonexistent
    Unless you live in one of the core cities, you get left behind and forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    Put out bids for higher-level technical positions rather than just asking people to take on more responsibility for no increase in pay. Maybe this way, you won't be stuck with only the people that have no other options but to stay.

  3. "Been here for over 5 years."

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, keeping up with technology. Opportunities to shine.

    Cons

    Too many laggards with personal fiefdoms, no one wants to be held accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Remove obstacles out of the way and let us finish projects on time and under budget. PMO, business office and engineering departments need to be shaken up to bring in more customers. Hold folks accountable for wasting tax dollars on unprofitable projects.


  4. "Perfect for veteran feds who want easy work"

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    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Laidback environment
    - Cordial co-workers
    - Decent pay

    Cons

    - FAA not willing to invest in training for permanent employees, so permanent gov't workers tend to have less training than contractors who's parent companies' train employees before bidding them out.
    - Slow pace
    - Not enough work
    - IT Team leads become micromanagers from their lack of tasks
    - Uppers gossiping at w/i earshot (but that's everywhere)
    - Not alot of mid-rang career openings, only high up position so tons of FAA positions require grad degrees for promotion, since it's hard to have an opportunity to learn the job from more experienced people alone.
    - Not an information sharing type of environment. Veteran programmers hog the work to appear busy. Don't want to delegate and train.
    - Slow to learn newer programming languages/technology

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to train team leads to actually help with training/giving helpful tips to employees. I've wasted thousands of hours on language/technology I have yet to use. My time has been excessively wasted with bad tips.


  5. "FAA has stability and growth opportunities, but lacks in the area of bonus specific incentives like the private sector."

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability, work life balance and office culture.

    Cons

    No incentives for salary growth, stock options etc.

    Advice to Management

    Provide incentives for growth and a more incentive based reward system which could at least somewhat try to match private sector.


  6. "The FAA is a positive, nurturing environment with lots of room for advancement and opportunity."

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    Former Employee - Computer Specialist in Pomona, NJ
    Former Employee - Computer Specialist in Pomona, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    The fast-paced day-to-day details made the day go by very fast.

    Cons

    Some people can't handle the pressure...


  7. "Great learning opportunity"

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    Former Contractor - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Contractor - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent hours, work with limited supervision

    Cons

    Stressful, not very family-oriented. Forced to use personal leave if center is closed

    Advice to Management

    More flex scheduling, telework options

  8. Helpful (1)

    "FAA Information Technolgoy"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable, predictable, very large organization, few surprises, good local management, and a generally hard working group.

    Cons

    Predictably: not very flexible, deciisions are based on funding cycles and not necessarily on what is best for the organization at the time, pay constraints are based upon FAA wide standards so performers are not well recognized, there is difficulty in eliminating poor performers as there is a disincentive for management - lots of work over a long period and then the posibility of no back-fill, budgets are tight so staffing is constrained, and senior management is not well versed in information assurance.

    Advice to Management

    General - education and the knowledge that goes with it is key. It seems to be the first thing cut and the last restored at all levels. Senior technology management seems to be lacking the education in information assurance. Management, in general, obtain their management skills/knowledge later in their management career and do not impart their skills/knowledge to their subordinates so the organization does not grow well from within. Management needs to mentor its new members and those with potential to become managers - do not be afraid of the new people growing and moving upward.


  9. "Stable yet diverse place to work"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work in numerous IT disciplines.

    Cons

    Extremely hard to advance since the turnover rate is very low. There are currently too many department heads and redundancy of work performed.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more opportunity for advancement. Prefer the use of Federal Employees over contract employees. Remember to recognize outstanding work performed by employees in various ways.


  10. "It is a government job - that says it all"

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    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ

    Pros

    I am not sure about the "best" reason, but one of the big reason I am here is job security, benefits while on the job and then retirement benefits. Also, if you land in a good group - like luckily I did - you have the benefit of working for some very smart people.

    Cons

    Just like any government - or actually, any organization of this size (I do not think it is really a government v/s private sector, it is small v/s big issue), there is a lot of bureaucracy and hoops to jump to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    small satisfactions go a long way. An example, a group pizza once a month - would go a long way.