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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. "Technical Support Navigational aids"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 2101 Technical Support Navaids in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - 2101 Technical Support Navaids in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Never a dull moment. Constant training.

    Cons

    Have to blindly support management and focus on making your boss look great

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission and realize the people need your help to stay on point


  2. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good flexibility to work for the same "company" for your entire career while being exposed to a lot of interesting new parts of the business.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity, if any, for continued education once you are hired. Many people with whom I work retire with the exact same level of education that they had when they were hired in at 19 or 20.

    Advice to Management

    Not much opportunity, if any, for continued education once you are hired. Many people with whom I work retire with the exact same level of education that they had when they were hired in at 19 or 20. Would be beneficial to enable employees to be exposed more to innovation in private industry to foster the same spirit within.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Airway Transportation Systems Specialists"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    in Alaska your always doing some thing different so its not the same job everyday

    Cons

    in Alaska you are away from home 3-4 nights a week


  4. "Oakland ARTCC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Good relationship between NATCA and management

    Cons

    Poorly staffed, very high cost of living, difficult to transfer to other facilities


  5. "Working in Flight Data"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Processing Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Data Processing Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clearly defined role with daily challenges continually evolving during operations.

    Cons

    Technologies used are often out of date and obsolete in private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Employees in management positions should spend time building up the younger talent base so that good values are kept in the agency.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex time is a life saver

    Cons

    Contractor, room for advancement is not available very often


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Retired in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Retired in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and a lot of challenges and flexibility

    Cons

    Tasks that use to be managed by Program Support Office (PSO) and Technical Support Office (TSO) have been pushed down onto First Line Managers

  8. "Good pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits. I loved the job of being an air traffic controller and liked most of the people. Management is weak, the union runs the show.

    Cons

    Union gives workers a sense of entitlement, therefor the a good work ethic is not existent. Everyone calls in sick when they don't feel like coming into work and there is little done to change it.


  9. "Career in FAA"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Atss in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Atss in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to work. Good salary, good benefits, and good working environment.

    Cons

    Micromanagement philosophy. Management out of touch with mission philosophy.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  10. "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work schedule. Low Stress.

    Cons

    Poor definition of overall objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize better training


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