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FAA Reviews

Updated May 24, 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 Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The agency is very flexible. Most workers telework multiple days a week. Convienent to the metro station. Food trucks are lined up.

    Cons

    FAA is like most government agencies very slow atmosphere. The strategic planning is lax, drones policy is weak and mostly non existent.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nowhere to go."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Encouragement for fresh ideas.
    Executive Management

    Cons

    No career progression
    Banding system vs. GS


  3. Helpful (1)

    "When you're ready to be put out to pasture..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Flight Test Pilot in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Flight Test Pilot in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Time off; Good benefits; Not demanding

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; Incompetent management; Political infighting

    Advice to Management

    Exert less control on your employees, give them free reign and I think you will be surprised by the results


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  5. "air carrier inspector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with industry folks doing jobs I am quite familiar with. I get a chance to help companies out with knowledge obtained from a career in the industry.

    Cons

    I must violate folks who do not do their job properly, who might sometimes be putting others in jeopardy.

    Advice to Management

    Let knowledgable folks do what they are good at and do not micro-manage in areas you are not familiar with.


  6. "Do not even consider atc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Money, benefits, frequent breaks, organized agency, you can become a supervisor if you are a horrible controller

    Cons

    Work life balance sucks, you'll never get weekends off unless you have 20 plus years experience, you have to chose leave a year in advance and its based on seniority, it's a macho based high school like environment,, limited career advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Grab a headset and work some traffic.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic and frustrating - you don't make a difference"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly stable once permanent but everything take twice as long to get done as in the real world, making it all ineffective.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic baloney, silly actions that do nothing, knee-jerk reactions that waste time and taxpayer's money, twice as much work to get anything done because of red tape and idiotic rules. Federal unions are raping the taxpayers.

    Advice to Management

    It would have to be at a higher level to do any good.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly qualified supervisors and trained controllers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Leesburg, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proud to be a good air traffic controller.

    Cons

    Low standards for training new people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "FAA: For better or for worse."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Inspector in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, pay, lack of required production.

    Cons

    Organizational pursuit of mediocrity. Threatened by excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Quit promoting under educated unenlightened desk monitors.


  10. "poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    coworkers are nice and pleasant people

    Cons

    poorly paid, not equivelenat to work performed

    Advice to Management

    fix pay


  11. "It's an ok place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are nice.

    Cons

    No room to move forward unless you are actually in the aviation field, like a former pilots or mechanics. People have been there for years and do the bare minimum just to get step increases. As soon as things are about to change, people start retiring in droves to avoid changing or learning new technology.

    Advice to Management

    More growth for non aviation related careers To government in general, re-evaluate the grade system, or do away with it all together, need to structure and act more like private industry, where advancement is based on actual merit, not longevity, then the government would be more productive and proactive.


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