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Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • 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. "Air Traffic Air Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Aviation Operations Specialist in Fallon, NV
    Current Employee - Aviation Operations Specialist in Fallon, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel, Working outdoors on top of Mountains and Airports. Learning Great things and working with awesome people.

    Cons

    Having to be away from home when traveling out of town

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Great Amployer"

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    Former Employee - Developmental Air Traffic Controller in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Developmental Air Traffic Controller in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FAA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits, In-depth training materials, solid training instructors.

    Cons

    Highly-subjective training standards, low training pay


  3. "ATSS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some really great people to work with in the field.

    Cons

    It's Government and, as such, bound by it's own rules.

    Advice to Management

    It surely would be a great thing if Management would look out for others besides themselves.


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  5. "Plenty of interesting possibilities."

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Within the FAA one can find different career paths to help the countries aviaition community.

    Cons

    Moving up through the FAA is a slow process.


  6. "Great compensation, typical federal job"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job security, low pressure to perform. Many technical positions in pay bands that extend slightly beyond the normal GS scale. (Air traffic controllers get MONEY, and only need a high school degree.)

    Cons

    Many positions are excepted service instead of competitive service, which means it is difficult to transfer to defense jobs unless you are a veteran. Executives and management don't like to rock the boat, so they don't get extra work or intense scrutiny.

    Advice to Management

    Make performance count (maybe Trump should mandate a specific percentage be demoted or fired each year).


  7. "Air traffic control"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and salary with paid vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    Poor hours and time off


  8. "Technical Support Navigational aids"

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    Former Employee - 2101 Technical Support Navaids in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - 2101 Technical Support Navaids in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Never a dull moment. Constant training.

    Cons

    Have to blindly support management and focus on making your boss look great

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission and realize the people need your help to stay on point


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good flexibility to work for the same "company" for your entire career while being exposed to a lot of interesting new parts of the business.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity, if any, for continued education once you are hired. Many people with whom I work retire with the exact same level of education that they had when they were hired in at 19 or 20.

    Advice to Management

    Not much opportunity, if any, for continued education once you are hired. Many people with whom I work retire with the exact same level of education that they had when they were hired in at 19 or 20. Would be beneficial to enable employees to be exposed more to innovation in private industry to foster the same spirit within.


  10. "Working in Flight Data"

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    Former Employee - Data Processing Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Data Processing Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clearly defined role with daily challenges continually evolving during operations.

    Cons

    Technologies used are often out of date and obsolete in private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Employees in management positions should spend time building up the younger talent base so that good values are kept in the agency.


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Retired in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Retired in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and a lot of challenges and flexibility

    Cons

    Tasks that use to be managed by Program Support Office (PSO) and Technical Support Office (TSO) have been pushed down onto First Line Managers


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