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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. Helpful (1)

    "Seriously disappointed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tier II Tech Support in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Tier II Tech Support in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and no direct managers in site

    Cons

    Discrimination amongst contractors, highly mismanagement of money, political environment, no chances for career advancement, have to use your own occrued hours for weather closings, work load has tripled with no warning or justification, etc...

    Advice to Management

    I am proof, don't get on a contract with the FAA!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Air traffic controller"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and the benefits are really good. I feel proud to be an Air traffic controller and ensure the safe transportation of people. I feel my work is contributing to the economy as well.

    Cons

    The cry babies always complaining to the union. Working all holidays, nights weekends and unbelievable racism was abundant. Everybody is stressed out and angry with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. Their hands are habitually tied by the strength of the Union. Personnel are constantly complaining about everything and management cannot do anything about it because the union always says no. It is like a never ending vicious cycle. B

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Aviation Technical Systems Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aviation Technical Systems Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aviation Technical Systems Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    Extremely limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and allow them to do their jobs. Don't micro-manage. Get something done.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Secretary"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in Springfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy parking, decent health benefits, friendly fellow employees, those are the only pros that I have.

    Cons

    Rude and critical management; minimal raises, no advancement, improper training, insufficient computer systems, no acknowledgement of accomplishments,upgrades, project completions, or tasks completed in a timely and highly well done manner.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like humans.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid at any cost"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller, CPC
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller, CPC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a regular pay check.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Facility morale starts at the top and flows downhill.
    Train-to-fail mentality. Management and training staff alike play favorites.
    Agency screwed up pay and retirement big time, but the employee suffers the consequences with no apology. Union useless and too preoccupied with their own agenda.

    Advice to Management

    How do you sleep at night? I mean really!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "ATSS"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay opportunities are great from the start. If you want to work somewhere you are over paid and under worked get hired at an ARTCC for the FAA.

    CEO appears to be trying to send the right messages out to leadership but it falls on deaf ears.

    Cons

    The initial training is a waste of millions of tax payers dollars that last two months and teaches you nothing you need to know to do the job. Then you sit around for months waiting for next school. And then once you have been there for 18 months you can finally be certified to actually do your job.

    Can't speak for all locations but the Farmington Minnesota ARTCC management is some of the worst people I have ever met in regards to caring for you as a human being. They discriminate but do so discreetly and as a team against you.

    Shift work.

    Unchallenging work in communications shop.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as a human that has feelings and not an asset to be manipulated on your twisted whims.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Government Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not a lot of pros. It's a job.

    Cons

    Boring, slow, management is petty.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Air traffic controller"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and leave are good once you reach fully certified ATC

    Cons

    Terrible management and union running the show.

    Advice to Management

    clean house and start over with real leaders


  9. "Resident Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Able to take on lots of responsibility as a young engineer

    Cons

    Unorganized, chaotic, and was lied to about the travel perks of the position during the interview process.


  10. "Senior Contract Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Band width salary compensation versus general schedule

    Cons

    High employee turn over
    Does not use Federal Acquistion Regulation

    Advice to Management

    Reduce higher management staff


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