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Updated December 7, 2018
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    "FAA Air Traffic Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best training and the pinnacle of Air Traffic Control in the United States.

    Cons

    Congressional slowdown and budgeting process is causing a deterioration in the facilities and equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance the hiring process and provide for current employee training


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "Air Traffic Controller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers a pleasure to be around.

    Cons

    Management not a pleasure to be around.

    Advice to Management

    Have some balls and make a decision.


  5. "Deputy Director"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy to find alternatives to solutions

    Cons

    Bureaucracy creates barriers to long term success


  6. "Lots of pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    if you're a slacker, this is the best company for you.

    Cons

    Doesn't prioritize career growth. Almost everyone is in their position for decades without moving up the ladder


  7. "Air Traffic Control Trainee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Job Function is entertaining. Pay is significant.

    Cons

    Subjective evaluators ruined the opportunity for many qualified candidates.

  8. "Good Govt Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Pros: good retirement package, job security, union perks, good health insurance

    Cons

    Cons: hard to transfer job locations, boring govt trainings


  9. "ATC"

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are very good

    Cons

    There is a lot of political bureaucracy


  10. "Air traffic control specialist trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for a trainee position. Working with competent people.

    Cons

    Some instructors contradict themselves on a regular basis. This makes the academy even more difficult than it already is.