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FAA Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The Federal Aviation Administration has an excellent pay and benefits package (in 24 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. "Great compensation, typical federal job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job security, low pressure to perform. Many technical positions in pay bands that extend slightly beyond the normal GS scale. (Air traffic controllers get MONEY, and only need a high school degree.)

    Cons

    Many positions are excepted service instead of competitive service, which means it is difficult to transfer to defense jobs unless you are a veteran. Executives and management don't like to rock the boat, so they don't get extra work or intense scrutiny.

    Advice to Management

    Make performance count (maybe Trump should mandate a specific percentage be demoted or fired each year).


  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. "Great Place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Warrenton, VA
    Current Employee - Airway Transportation Systems Specialist in Warrenton, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Plenty of training. Safety is #1.

    Cons

    Shift Work-schedule changes can take their toll on mind and body.

    Advice to Management

    Give employee's more control over their day to day tasks and schedule.


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  5. "FAA - ATO"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the FAA with the Air Traffic Organization gives you the opportunity to excel in every facet of the aviation community. This company and organization has a proven track record of innovation and opportunities to improve the world in which we live in.

    Cons

    Due to the size of this organization its easy to loose sight of the core business mission.

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected to the core workforce to better understand their concerns


  6. "FAA Staff Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Air Traffic Staff Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Staff Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FAA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancing positions

    Cons

    Sometimes the assignments can be difficult but challenging

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Program Manager (Contract)"

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    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FAA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people seem to genuinely care about the work they are doing, and have the subject matter expertise. The offices are nice and they have shuttles between them. Close to metro stops and bus stops.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated as third class citizens; are not used to their full capacity or allowed the authority to do their jobs effectively. In some groups, contractors may only be seen and not heard (you literally can not email or call FAA employees you need to interact with but must go through an FAA employee who often does not have the time.) Many managers are incompetent at managing, don't know how to delegate and are overwhelmed. Senior management allows this to happen. There does not appear to be oversight, training or remedy for poor managers. The culture is horrible for contractors and does not appear to be great for many employees depending not the group. Very political. Contract had a specific hour limit yet manager kept clandestinely trying to force more hours without having to pay for it and would make for a hostile work environment if I did not do it, I informed the Contracting company who basically washed their hands of it, telling me to handle it myself and that they knew the client was "difficult".

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote good technical people into managerial roles without providing them the training and oversight. Promote an inclusive culture when it comes to employees and contractors. Address problems.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "People make the difference"

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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the individuals working at the FAA strive to do the best job they can in whatever capacity they are assigned.

    Cons

    There are a few individuals who have been hiding under the government umbrella of hard to fire that can make the jobs intolerable if you are stuck working with them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so hesitant to rate someone as unacceptable and help them find a job they can enjoy and be good at.


  10. "Top Flight"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The FAA proved to be an excellent agency to work for with valuable experience growth on a regular basis. I would recommend working there for anyone who wants a challenge.

    Cons

    The dynamic nature of the organization structure was confusing sometimes and required a lot of patience to let the changes settle down.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication flowing down the organization as consistently as possible to enable employees keep a proper perspective of their services.


  11. "Great opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work schedule, benefits, opportunities to grow

    Cons

    time to travel to/from work-traffic

    Advice to Management

    Mentor and groom personnel


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