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Updated January 28, 2019
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  • "Government controlled budgets and shift work" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Between overtime and counter-clockwise rotating shifts, this job slowly kills you" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, working conditions are great

    Cons

    Just a number to a large agency, shift work, scheduling


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Support Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, time off, benefits, satisfying work, bargaining units

    Cons

    Government controlled budgets and shift work

    Advice to Management

    Modernize the interview process and promotions

  3. "Professionalism at its best"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone gets the training that they need. Safety is taken very seriously. The pay is on par with the Department of Defense. Most employees are prior military. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Unless you are willing to change locations frequently to chase promotions or have someone in management pulling strings for you it is a dead end job. People are human and the tendency for some people to receive all of the perks and unfair advantages will be witnessed just like anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    More attention needs to be spent on meaningful personal development plans. As an Engineering Technician FV-0802-G band I am in a dead end position and no one seems to care.


  4. "FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making a difference in Aviation Safety and the National Airspace System (NAS)

    Cons

    Government Wages and subject to funding bills or lack of funding from year to year based on elected officials desires.


  5. "Best job ever"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High level of training demanded but provided by employer with compensation for travel.

    Cons

    High stress levels, possible unexpected losses of income due to government shutdowns.

    Advice to Management

    Local management tries their best with what senior officials throw at them. Keep doing the best you can


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good job aviation safety inspector"

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    days off all weekends off

    Cons

    first year is not fun


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Middletown, PA
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Middletown, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement, pay, most people are decent

    Cons

    Employee request relocation system is broken

    Advice to Management

    Err system is broken

  8. "Air Traffic Controller FAA Miami"

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, Job,Opportunity for Advancement

    Cons

    Shift and holiday work , stressful


  9. Helpful (1)

    "You take the good with the bad"

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

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

    Pros

    If you ignore the old-timers the pay is good.
    Work pace can be slow
    Great amount of time off
    Awesome work/life balence

    Cons

    This is a big train that doesn't turn on a dime. There is about six levels of red tape surrounding everything.
    The government can be a model of inefficiency.
    Constant leadership changes (Love or hate your manager...Don't get use to them. They won't be here long).
    Inconsistent oversight... Nothing matters here...Until it matters.
    So many rules that nobody can possible follow all of them. Even some rules that contradict other rules. (Designed for them to always have a reason to remove you if they needed to....Rarely happens though)
    Workload is massive. New hires can't be productive until 2nd year on the job. In the meantime...You'll be doing everything.
    Everything is always documented...Paperwork is 90 percent of your job. You can save the day here and still be disciplined because you failed to write it down correctly.
    Opportunities to advance are limited unless you want to relocate.
    Training is all in OKC...Kiss your family goodbye for 2 years when you first hire in (Unless your single....Then enjoy the vacation).
    If you work in Environmental...be prepared to have everything dumped on your desk (If management doesn't know what to do with it...It's environmental).

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really. This system existed long before you and will continue long after


  10. "elctronics technician"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Denver, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    excellent pay and benefits
    lots of opportunity for training

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork and documentation for most tasks