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FAA Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 25 reviews)

  • In my office they support a good work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Rotating shift work can be fatiguing (in 24 reviews)

  • Between overtime and counter-clockwise rotating shifts, this job slowly kills you (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Sup ATSS"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory ATSS
    Current Employee - Supervisory ATSS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, travel, retirement, and not expected to work overly hard.

    Cons

    Upper management makes knee jerk decisions and seem to be mostly in the dark about how the process really works from the bottom up. Union is more concerned with getting more for doing less than they are about quality work. Frontline managers get hit from above and below with no support from either.

    Advice to Management

    Get managers with the right knowledge instead of the right words on the resume.


  2. "Air trsffic controller"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Dependability of US govt.

    Cons

    Limited mobility when staffing is a concern.

  3. "Air Traffic Control Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Early retirement; pension plan; TSP/401k matching (5%); engaging; rewarding

    Cons

    Working weekends; can be exhausting/stressful at times

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Air Traffic Control Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, potential for good pay

    Cons

    They have a predetermined vision and don't focus on development or potential

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to train and develop people, not just see what they can retain in a short period of time.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Aviation Safety Inspector - GA operations"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits. The variety of work is probably the best thing. In my office they support a good work-life balance. So telework, flexible schedules all help to make you feel more in control of your life.

    Cons

    Constant change. People in DC and regions have to much control and send down thier pet projects for us to collect data. Meanwhile we waste time and resources on these useless projects that look great from 30000 ft but really just steal me away from doing the real safety work. Our documentation system are not made to our GA world. More and more GA is the square peg in the round hole. Also, GA work is very busy but someone does not think it is complex and so our pay suffers compared to our airline friends who do less work with more resources and better pay.

    Advice to Management

    read "the five dysfunctions of a team"


  6. "Air Traffic Controller Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can virtually live anywhere.
    Career progression is easy.
    Good benefits.
    Backed by the union.

    Cons

    It's government agency so its run slowly.
    Takes forever to get anything done.
    Printer broke, says it takes 6 months to fix.
    Random drugs and alcohol screenings.

    Advice to Management

    Start running the agency like a business. Pretend like we are a for-profit agency and then make decisions.
    Think about your personnel more and their experiences.
    There is no reason a new hire with only radar experience should go to a tower and vise-versa.


  7. "Electronics Technician"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Pay, Vast Knowledge, Multiple Training opportunities,

    Cons

    Employees are selected for promotions based on "who you know" not "what you know." Training is great, although it never pinpoints your facility's exact set up, so there is a lot of fudging along the way. The knowledge is great, but they do not offer refresher courses and sometimes it will be years before you work on another piece of equipment or perform a duty infrequently, it would be nice to offer a 1-2 day refresher.

    Advice to Management

    sanitize all applications and pick the applicant best suited for the job. Quit calling in favors and hiring "buddies or friends" and leaving the best qualified out of the pool of selectees

  8. "Information Systems Security Officer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is where it should be............with maximum flexibility. AS long as the deliverables are met.

    Cons

    There is no avenue for advancement within the Information Security Branch. Promotions are based upon whom you know versus qualifications and capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and recognize their contributions.


  9. "Aviation Safety Inspector"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary, schedule, hours

    Cons

    Big government with bad management at every level

    Advice to Management

    Provide professional development and upward opportunities to employees.


  10. "IT Tech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is OK..hiring process was not great

    Cons

    Zero leadership..They don't have a clue how to treat their employees..

    Advice to Management

    Take a few courses on how to treat your employees..


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