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Updated August 3, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 24 reviews)

  • In my office they support a good work-life balance (in 17 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. Helpful (3)

    "Get paid a lot to compromise your values."

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Systems Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Systems Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    salary is great, overtime is paid when working over 40 hours. You can work at your own pace to get the job done. it is like a fire man you wait for equipment to break, then fix it.

    Cons

    Managers distrust employees, they do not respect workers and bully to get their way. stress level is high. The overall job satisfaction of the employees is low due to conflict with management. managers second guess you, they also do not want enough employees, so they aften have more work than can be completed, and expect it to be done in the same time as when there were 30 percent more employees.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your workers, listen to their evaluation of problems, do not be condecending to the workers. Even though you push us to run liuke a business, we all know we really can't, and YOU DON'T OWN THE BUSINESS, THE TAXPAYERS DO. Finally, we both work for the citizens of the USA.


  2. "It is a government job - that says it all"

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    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Atlantic City, NJ

    Pros

    I am not sure about the "best" reason, but one of the big reason I am here is job security, benefits while on the job and then retirement benefits. Also, if you land in a good group - like luckily I did - you have the benefit of working for some very smart people.

    Cons

    Just like any government - or actually, any organization of this size (I do not think it is really a government v/s private sector, it is small v/s big issue), there is a lot of bureaucracy and hoops to jump to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    small satisfactions go a long way. An example, a group pizza once a month - would go a long way.

  3. "F.A.A Ups & Downs"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Nashua, NH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and retirement; interesting work; great co-workers

    Cons

    incompetent management; outdated equipment; lack of accountability throughout the organization

    Advice to Management

    The F.A.A. needs professional management. Weak or burned-out controllers are not the answer.
    The capacity of the NAS has failed to keep pace with demand. As the economy recovers, air travel will become unbearable once again.


  4. "Typical of Gov"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits -what you would expect working for the gov. That's about where it ends though with no career advancement.

    Cons

    Not much room for real advancement. Any training you might have talked about doing gets cut as funding dwindles. Sometimes can't even do your job at the end of FY as, again, funding dwindles.

    Advice to Management

    My manager is OK and tries his best. Just hard to deal with the bureaucracy to try to get anything done.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best Job Ever! Worst Agency Ever!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Government benefits
    Great retirement with a pension
    Working air traffic is a complete dream
    Growth is there if you want to suck up to the big wigs
    Union representation

    Cons

    Management is clueless to who you even are
    Too political
    Not enough communication between management and employees, even in the same building!

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from.
    You all started in the same place, doing the same job. Please don't forget that.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The work is very rewarding, the bureaucracy is almost unbearable."

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    Currently a very good retirement system and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Strange working hours that mean little time with family and management that is openly hostile to controllers

    Advice to Management

    retire


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely bureaucratic."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good co-workers, good mission, and family friendly.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is burdensome and will wear you down.

    Advice to Management

    More employee accountibility is needed.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Life in the FAA"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, some good people

    Cons

    Different shift everyday, no weekends off, stress, watch your own back with your coworkers

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Career in government that is often fast paced and full of change"

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    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to relocate and work hard there are many opportunities to excel in the agency. The agency values people that love to work and put in hours both at the job site and at home.

    Many positions allow flexible schedules and 4 day work weeks (10 hour days) but mainly in the unionized positions.

    Plenty of training too, you will be overloaded with the amount of trianing required to have a technical job.

    Cons

    The agency focuses too much on metrics, and not enough on people. They fail to make the connection that treating people well will result in great metric performance. Sadly if you do not meet 100% of goals that are often not related to safety, you are still not up to their expectations. It causes undue stress and can lead to unethical behavior.

    The core comp pay system is an awful answer to the GS scale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the reverse discrimination that is ongoing, it affects morale over time.

    Restructure the pay system to attract talent and keep what you do have. The poor performers are the ones that do not strive to leave and accept the pay they have. Turn-over is high and people will often not come to the FAA as an airway transporation systems specialist to start at ~$40-50k when they are making considerably more in the private or military sector doing similar work.


  10. "FAA Headquarters"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A very good place to work with good benefits.

    Cons

    Like any job--you'll have your good and bad days.

    Advice to Management

    An organization starts at the top.


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