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Updated July 17, 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. "don't expect advancement"

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    Former Contractor - Linux Systems Administrator Level II in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Contractor - Linux Systems Administrator Level II in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FAA as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    stable work, unless furlo happens.

    Cons

    heres the bad - if your a contractor - your name is dirt. the is a glass wall between fed and contractor. it became part of the business culture back in the 80's when press. regan fired the feds during a strike and brought in contractors. ever since then - contractors are considered scum of the earth. - even when most of the feds were contractors to start with. the contract i was on, was taken up by SAIC. they really only want to pay 45k a year for linux admins and think they can pull someone out of college and think that they can perform the same as a journeyman sys admin in a complex Rac Oracle linux env - WRONG! SAIC started screwing with our health insurance and benefits to boot. we never got any acknowledgment or praise for the difficult projects we worked that got the attention of the top brass. our team was up for awards for a project we did, only the feds (who never worked on the project), got metals and credits for out work. on of my fellow contractors voiced his frustration, only to have a Fed comment "You got a paycheck didn't you?!" that was when i made the decision to leave after 4 years. it was not an uncommon thing for SAIC to represent a open position with a high paying salary. only to hire the person on, and then re-write the contract so they only got paid 45K a year for a level 2 solaris admin role which is extremely hard to fill. solaris admins for entry level usually get paid 80k a year. for SAIC it is all about squeezing the bottom dollar out of their employees, and then they leave them on the vine to die with out any motivation to advance them in to hire paying roles. they just don't care.

    Advice to Management

    get a clue. most of the people who do the heavy lifting in your env, are the contractors. stop treating them like dirt, and that they are expendable. ditch SAIC - they are worthless.


  2. "Weather Observer"

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

    I have been working at FAA part-time

    Pros

    If you are the primary day shift observer, you become the lead/boss. You get compensated besides working a regular shift.

    Cons

    Shift schedules and pay system. If you are scheduled to work on a holiday but did not work the previous week, you don't get holiday pay like the people who work the whole previous week.

    Advice to Management

    Periodically check on your employees especially on a different location and the working environment among the employees.

  3. "Air Traffic Controller"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    stability including a government pension

    Cons

    The schedule requires nights, weekend and holidays


  4. "Great job, great benefits...for now"

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    Former Employee - Retired ATC in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Retired ATC in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constant pressure, need for quick, accurate decision-making, great benefits.

    Cons

    Managers with little ATC experience, possibility of ATC privatization (research what happened to Flight Service Stations).

    Advice to Management

    Spend a few years on the control floor before advancing into management.


  5. "Could be a great place to work, but unfortunately it is not."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay.

    Cons

    Entrenched politictal correctness and policies prevent efficient performance and is holding high performers back while retaining lazy entitled workers.


  6. "Oakland ARTCC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Good relationship between NATCA and management

    Cons

    Poorly staffed, very high cost of living, difficult to transfer to other facilities


  7. "Good pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits. I loved the job of being an air traffic controller and liked most of the people. Management is weak, the union runs the show.

    Cons

    Union gives workers a sense of entitlement, therefor the a good work ethic is not existent. Everyone calls in sick when they don't feel like coming into work and there is little done to change it.

  8. "Career in FAA"

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    Current Employee - Atss in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Atss in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to work. Good salary, good benefits, and good working environment.

    Cons

    Micromanagement philosophy. Management out of touch with mission philosophy.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  9. "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work schedule. Low Stress.

    Cons

    Poor definition of overall objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize better training


  10. "Great Organization and Good Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    career security and safe environment

    Cons

    More employees need to be hired to help with staffing shortages

    Advice to Management

    higher more employees


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