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Updated November 23, 2017
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FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta
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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. "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


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

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    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.

  3. "Automation/Comm Specialist"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Former Manager (Field Office)"

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    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?


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, but difficult."

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding career.
    Structured work environment.
    Good pay and benefits.
    Most coworkers were interesting and fun to be around.
    Great careers and good work facilities.

    Cons

    Training was extremely difficult (I did not pass).
    Testing was not very forgiving and scoring seemed harsh.
    FAA is unforgiving with testing and does not give any second chances.

    Advice to Management

    Go a little easier on new trainees.


  6. "Secretary (OA)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    The opportunity for career advancement is good.

    Cons

    There is a lack of funding.


  7. "Aviation Safety Technician"

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    Former Employee - Aviation Safety Technician
    Former Employee - Aviation Safety Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time off
    Benefits
    Working environment
    Coworkers (varies greatly by office)

    Cons

    Lack of advancement potential

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Computer Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As aviation enthusiast and pilot, a great place to work on and with computers (software engineering).

    Cons

    Current immediate management and higher management seems to want to move away from the actual in-house software engineering (development) and contract outside companies.

    Advice to Management

    Management should obtain a much better understanding of what their employees are about and what they are capable of doing, then leverage them properly or aide them to move to a 'silo' where they can perform better.
    Management should move towards promoting/rewarding employees by performance instead of by tenure and who is friends with who.


  9. "Electronic Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, interesting work, quality of employee's life respected, job security

    Cons

    Old technology. Many key procedures and practices are not nationally standardized.

    Advice to Management

    improve communications to employees who are performing the wok. Standardize procedures through the entire USA.


  10. "Air Traffic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    It was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was not an okay place to work.


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