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FAA Reviews

Updated December 17, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 26 reviews)

  • All the work/life balance of a consistent 9-5 job (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Tombstone Agency"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "End of career company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  4. "N90 controller"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westbury, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westbury, NY

    Pros

    Job security. Attractive retirement/benefit plan.

    Cons

    Too much OverTime. No merit recognition. Very clique-ish atmosphere.


  5. "No accountability"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very stable. Almost impossible to lose your job.

    Cons

    Politics. No consequences for doing poorly (workers, management, HR, everyone). Very poor work culture with no urgency and no fear of job security for poor work performance.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring. Hold your peers and subordinates accountable.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good work environment. Terrible pay system."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some great co-workers. Enjoyable and important work. Every day is a different experience.

    Training quality is fantastic.

    The many benefits of federal employment are true here. Health care, TSP, work-life balance, etc..

    Cons

    FAA pay system is terrible. Unlike other federal jobs, you are expected to negotiate your starting wage. If you don't know this and take the first offer on the table, you are stuck below the pay rate of your co-workers for the rest of your career. You can only advance in pay by constantly changing your job title. This leads to huge numbers of people occupying jobs that they are not actually interested in performing.

    Senior management is political appointees. They are clueless about what the line workers do, and don't really care.

    Many policies are dictated by a Congress that is either inept, or even purposefully attempting to sabotage federal agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current pay system and either return to the General Schedule, or make it possible to achieve more significant pay raises for exceptional performance of you duties.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location to metro and I-395 is convenient
    Telework and Alternate Work Schedule offered
    Ability to negotiate pay but lack of ability to increase salary through the very limited performance raises

    Cons

    Lack of trust and confidence in employees
    No direction
    Management and Team Leads never around
    Lack of communication amongst team members

    Advice to Management

    Improve leadership.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No Advancement Opportunity for Technical People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits package
    Stable job - low risk of layoffs
    Easy work for good pay
    Not much else that I can think of

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employee needs
    If you are not on management track, the opportunities for advancement are nonexistent
    Unless you live in one of the core cities, you get left behind and forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    Put out bids for higher-level technical positions rather than just asking people to take on more responsibility for no increase in pay. Maybe this way, you won't be stuck with only the people that have no other options but to stay.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Technical Writer"

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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!


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