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Updated July 15, 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. "FAA - ATO"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the FAA with the Air Traffic Organization gives you the opportunity to excel in every facet of the aviation community. This company and organization has a proven track record of innovation and opportunities to improve the world in which we live in.

    Cons

    Due to the size of this organization its easy to loose sight of the core business mission.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected to the core workforce to better understand their concerns


  2. "FAA Staff Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Staff Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Staff Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancing positions

    Cons

    Sometimes the assignments can be difficult but challenging

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. "Awesome job!!!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Secure and fun job where no 2 days are the same.

    Cons

    Rotating shift work can be fatiguing.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what it was like to be a controller before trying to enforce upper management nonsense.


  4. "ATSS"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great jobs to get training and help support the National Air Space

    Cons

    Government politics can interfere. Not much


  5. "Air Traffic Control"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits and early retirement.

    Cons

    Shift work. Have to work days evenings and graveyards.


  6. "Kepping the airways safe and efficient."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many different career fields, providing opportunities for many people at both the entry level as well as the experienced. The pay is good and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    You are restricted by policy and procedures. Your ability to move up is good, but you will often have to compromise position to keep on an upward path.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to involve employees in the decision making process.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ATC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary with great benefits. Retirement is at 56 yrs old. Holiday pay are the best with double pay and if you have to work Sundays you get an extra 25%.

    Cons

    The workforce is understaffed. The hiring process is very slow and getting fully certified takes about two years.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes staff can be unprofessional and the management seems to be the same as well. Sometimes the fronthine management is clueless to what's going on. They also need more training on administrative tasks.

  8. "Aerospace Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    The organization has very good work/ life balance, flexibility on telework schedule. Fairly Good compensation and benefits, very friendly andd knowledgeable people to work with.

    Cons

    Being highly competitive organization, career growth is a challenge which all employees have to take.
    Other than that I donot have any cons.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "TOO MUCH FAVORITISM, NOT ENOUGH OPPORTUNITY"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Labor Relations Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Labor Relations Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FAA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, retirement plan, pension, training opportunities

    Cons

    It's not what you know, but who! Too much favoritism, very negative environment. Not enough opportunity for growth; bureaucratic gridlock!

    Advice to Management

    TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES WITH RESPECT!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Writer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice as employees.

    Cons

    Bad people managers, pay and entitlemwnt for uneducated people too high too many restrictive rules IT in the stone age cheap pay for contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be people managers, focus less on promotion


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