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FAA Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 23 reviews)

  • Pay, Job Security,Benefits, recession proof (in 33 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. Helpful (1)

    "Could be so much better with inspired leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Front Line Manager in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous benefit package, interesting work, cool equipment, early retirement, decent pay

    Cons

    Rotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and honest with employees, allow employees choices whenever possible


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Full of fakeness"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Managers run the show. If you cannot play the fake game and smooch up to the necessary people. Your advancement is null, regardless of your knowledge and contributions.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "If you thrive in an atmosphere of bureaucratic inaction, this is the place for you!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Federal benefits and good salaries. A good place to would if your in ATO.

    Cons

    It's not what you know but whose _ss you kiss.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they may actually know something.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Air Traffic Controller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, but mostly a challenging and rewarding career.

    Cons

    The FAA is a huge old school bureaucracy full of nepotism, where no one in upper management is held accountable for anything. So every decision the FAA makes defies logic and goes against common sense. "This makes absolutely no sense but hey, it's the FAA" is a common sentiment shared by all FAA employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your golf buddies and learn some accountability.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what I expected..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    You work for the federal government so there is job security

    Cons

    You are expected to do the "exact" same work/duties as co-workers earning as much as three times (3x) your pay with no possibility of ever reaching that salary level.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Aviation Safety Inspector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benifits and you can have some security.

    Cons

    Advancement can be limited by your manager, dont try to improve the system, office likes for inspectors to violate people rather than solve problems. If they dont like you and what you out of the office they can make it tough on you even if other people are doing the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    ONLY if your manager will let you go, does not matter about your experience or education.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great agency overall but stay away from Flight Standards Division"

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

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

    Pros

    The colleagues and coworkers are great, and benefits like any other federal agency are almost no match compared to industry. Awards systems works most of the time depending on the office management philosophy. "Job security" is great and once you know what you are supposed to do you can then explore other areas or job functions.

    Cons

    At least within the Flight Standards Division (FSD) you are "encouraged" to telework, however, depending on management it feels like "pulling teeth" when you request it, either because of management "control freaks" or because even if we have the technology available it is not set up to enable most people to telework. Depending on the size of the office there is potential drama involved. The majority of office managers and front line managers are not "pro-employees" instead they are more "pro-themselves" just because it seems that they can not trust their employees and treat them as adults, even thou over 60% of the employees are GS-13 and GS-14 (earning more than $80k a year). Some of the frontline managers I have no idea how they made it thru the management ranks since some of them absolutely no management or leadership experience neither as civilian or military (i worked with one that wasn't even a "cub scout"), when in contrast the vast majority of the inspectors and other support personal are military veterans including NCOs and officers that have experience leading people in different campaigns.

    When it comes to career progression, at least the FSD they focus mostly in Aviation Safety Inspectors. Support personnel like admins and managers assistants are basically on their own if they want to move up either by relocating to another geographic area or moving to a region or HQ positions; and it is my impression that this kind of strategy hasn't change in the last 25 years at least. PASS, the union for bargaining unit employees, definitely doesn't do their job when it comes to really give the extra mile for the employee; at least that is my experience with the representative i have worked with for the last 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Managers must reevaluate the way office and field managers are selected. Some of them are not even close to be good managers, needless to say to be leaders. Managers should empower employees and not bring them down on a daily basis; otherwise while walking thru the office and peoples desk dont be surprised to see most employees looking opportunities on USAJOBS. (yes... in my last office it was just like that, you can't make this up)


  9. "Tombstone Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Job Security, Good pay for what you do.

    Cons

    Total lack of accountability, you can fake your way into the agency without knowing a thing about the Air Traffic Control system. You can sit around and not do a thing without fearing any consequence. If you are looking for a steady paycheck and don't want to care about the job you do, this is it. If you want to better yourself and make something of your life, look for something else.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that will get through their head.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "End of career company"

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

    Pros

    Benefits are the best reason to get into government work.

    Cons

    Not a place for highly productive people. Too much red tape, too many politics.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right "qualified" people for the right positions and stop micromanaging.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are lazy and want to sit at your desk all day and do nothing but get paid... this is for you!

    Cons

    Too many "older" employees who are not open to learning new and useful technology. WAY WAY WAY behind from the rest of the world. And if you are young, they automatically dismiss you , your opinions, they refuse to learn anything new. It's so sad

    Advice to Management

    Please higher and be receptive to new and young innovative people/ things. It would really help you avoid some of the huge issues you have year after year after year



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