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Updated December 13, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 26 reviews)

  • All the work/life balance of a consistent 9-5 job (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Rotating shift work can be fatiguing (in 25 reviews)

  • Between overtime and counter-clockwise rotating shifts, this job slowly kills you (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Agency"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management & Program Assistant in Erlanger, KY
    Current Employee - Management & Program Assistant in Erlanger, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (TSP, health, retirement, etc.), competitive salary, my manager is wonderful - laid back and not a micro-manager

    Cons

    Very old agency which can be good, but sometimes the systems are antiquated and won't talk to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open communicators. Don't micromanage


  2. "Air Traffic Support Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work schedules

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons to this position

  3. "Air Traffic Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The top paying agency in the Fed. Opportunities galore. Overtime and differential for everyone. Professional Staff. Locations everywhere. Great benefits and Medical.

    Cons

    Hard to fire dead weight. If you are a line controller you are union represented.

    Advice to Management

    promotions are based on the good old boy network like any other organization.


  4. "Employer review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay, Good place to work.

    Cons

    Always worried about losing job or moving.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not issue


  5. "FAA AIRWAY TRANSPORTATON SYSTENS SPECIALIST"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    PRO: a new site for potential opportunities!

    Cons

    CON: from glass ceilings to glass doors of in-equalities?

    Advice to Management

    The LADDERS of SUCCESSES has enough latitude for every one.


  6. "Air Worthiness ASI"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and perks for being an ASI. Flexible work schedule and great support from current employees. Working special aviation events and Air Shows.

    Cons

    Tough to get in, but when you do your set. OJT program needs to be streamlined and standardized from the Trainers perspectives. Takes about 12-16 months to complete all training and earn your credentials.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Great opportunities to learn training managerial skills, not so many licensing options"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Great Team leadership, great managers in offering feedback in skills on communicating with others and how to proactively follow on others doing tasks that you review. Micromanagement was never a problem.

    Cons

    After applying 6 times to alternate positions, and interviewing twice, I was never given an opportunity to transfer to a different office. In fact nothing was done to even push my résumé past the initial HR recruitment desk on the other 4 times. Sometimes receiving instant rejection letters with no explanation why.

    Advice to Management

    When tackling new fields such as GIS, offer GIS-P, Engineering certification, and options to transfer to other branches of FAA if desired. I had made my intentions clear 4 years ahead of time that I wanted to transfer, and nothing was done to allow it to happen. Make the transferring options more transparent between departments. Clearly it was happening, as I saw others succeed in getting transferred. Senior management offered token recognition for activities, but could not grasp the idea of transferring people between larger departments of the organization. It was good to give me the opportunity to work for so long, and offer me recommendations. I just wish I knew who could have enabled the transfer I so desired.

  8. "Automation/Comm Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Peachtree City, GA
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Peachtree City, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All of our equipment is in our building.We dont have to travel!

    we mainttravelling to other locations.

    Cons

    5am start hours! Rotating day and evening shifts.


  9. "Sr. Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Potential for life long employment

    Cons

    Very political in nature
    Management Styles


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Former Manager (Field Office)"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The excellent safety record of aviation provides a sense of fulfillment; regardless of the significance of your role in it.

    Retirement - TSP is matched up to 5%.

    Expectations are at a level that are easy to meet. Poor performance alone is usually not grounds for termination.

    All the work/life balance of a consistent 9-5 job.

    Health insurance options are affordable and decent quality.

    Cons

    Expectations are at a level that are easy to meet. Poor performance alone is usually not grounds for termination.

    Old school, outdated office environment (cube farms).

    While the FAA at enterprise levels is trying to keep to date technologically, the local offices are woefully outdated.

    Your CEO is often controversial.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, really, other than perhaps some focus should be set on growing a corporate culture that will attract young talent because the organization is about to lose immense tribal knowledge. Does the next generation already exist on staff? If, where will they come from?


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