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Updated January 19, 2018
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  • Rotating shift work can be fatiguing (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. "FAA Consultant"

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    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. "Aviation safety inspector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FAA (More than a year)

    Pros

    High pay and benifits are good

    Cons

    Sit in a cubicle. Its awful.

    Advice to Management

    Let inspectors go to the airport

  3. "IT Tech"

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    • 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..


  4. "Computer Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Computer Specialist in Cape Coral, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Specialist in Cape Coral, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits vacation, retirement

    Cons

    Terrible managers. Discriminatory hiring and promotion practices.


  5. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Pay is alright, but DOD pays better.

    Cons

    Not a workplace that is suited for me.


  6. "Disrespectful of Employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some things are better, but the horrible song remains the same. The Air Force is 1000 times better than the Department of Transportation.

    Cons

    Computer systems are slanted to make your life a living hell, such as Castle were you can't do a simple edit and you can't request leave except from your work computer.

    Advice to Management

    Fix Castle!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nowhere to go."

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    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

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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


  9. "air carrier inspector"

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    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.


  10. "Do not even consider atc"

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    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.


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