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FAA Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 25 reviews)

  • In my office they support a good work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "This job is my dream job, it allows me to do what I love, fix electronic systems and computer network security."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere is great, people I work with are great, boss is amazing. If you have an electononics background, especially in air field equipment, then this job is for you.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the top of my head, but being a jobs serving the public and aviation as a whole, there is a lot of paperwork and beauocoracy.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with expierence.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Management & Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Management & Program Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good People, Good Pay, Good Benefits, Good Environment, Good Manager

    Cons

    You have to jump in and do with minimal training at times.

    Advice to Management

    Be good listeners and be mentors to your employees and not dictators. You want your employees to respect you, not fear you. (This is not my manager)

  3. "Principal Maintenance Inspector"

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership roll, very demanding, fast paced, very fulfilling, help create safety environment at Air Carrier,

    Cons

    very stressful, major responsibility for the Safety of the flying public, 24/7, 365 job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro-manage, allow individuals the freedom to complete there jobs and use there pas experiences to guide them.


  4. "ATSS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job with a constant paycheck.

    Cons

    Strict hours, managers can be overbearing. Everything wrong with equipment is the fault of the ATSS, even when it's user error from the ATCs.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the fact it takes years for a tech to become fully qualified while it only takes 1 years for an ATC. Driving on an active airfield is equally stressful as landing aircraft.


  5. "Houra"

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    Current Employee - ATF in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - ATF in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty high expectation

    Cons

    Long hours and less family time

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  6. "Fun job. Terrible schedule."

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Exceptional benefits. Good salary.

    Cons

    The pay is not worth the schedule. Between overtime and counter-clockwise rotating shifts, this job slowly kills you.

    It's difficult to get promotions unless you know someone, or meet certain desirable demographics.

    Advice to Management

    1. Offer a higher compensation to make up for the schedule.
    2. Hire like crazy to reduce the need for mandatory overtime.
    3. Make it easier for ambitious employees to try to move up.


  7. "Aviayion Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Awesome Team
    Flexibility
    Work/life Balance
    Benefits

    Cons

    Currently there are no cons

  8. Helpful (1)

    "FAA today"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Good retirement if you stay and are responsible along the way. The work can be challenging and varied. Many different paths to find a good career.

    Cons

    The same cons as for the rest of government. Sometimes very frustrating seeing the wastefulness.


  9. "ATC TRAINEE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for the sacrifice.

    Cons

    You have to sacrifice location.


  10. "FAA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Rewarding civil service job

    Cons

    Conflicting management ideals, federal beurocracy


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