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Updated September 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Interesting work, good work life balance, overall a great place to work" (in 8 reviews)

  • "great work environment, interesting work is always going on there" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "The government is what is always is and there is minimal red tape here" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Because many people are politically appointed, the turnover seems to be high" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Summer at the FCC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC full-time

    Pros

    Great people, really patient and excellent place to learn with the training wheels on. Promising future if you impress your superiors and stay committed.

    Cons

    Easy to get bogged down and bored in government red tape and the slow bureaucratic drafting process.


  2. "Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FCC full-time

    Pros

    Small, fairly relaxed; liberal telework policy.

    Cons

    Very top heavy with management; layers and layers of supervision.

  3. "Government attorney job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FCC full-time

    Pros

    Good job as a government attorney

    Cons

    Nothing major to report for this category

    Advice to Management

    Thank you very much for your work


  4. "Good work, but wild partisan swings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at FCC full-time

    Pros

    Independence, making a difference in people's lives

    Cons

    Political swings lead to huge changes in policy so it's hard to accomplish anything durable. See, e.g., Chairman Pai, racing to undo everything the last two Chairmen did -- totally partisan and ideological.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be less ideological, more pragmatic.


  5. "Great Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great workplace, engaging responsibilities, fantastic Coworkers

    Cons

    Far commute
    Could see how someone might find it boring at time


  6. "Statistician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Absolutely none. Well, parking was OK.

    Cons

    This is Washington's worst agency by general consent. Young college grads are brought in there from all over the country and parked at desks and left to rot. I was there for 10 years and never received a single professional assignment. There were no meetings, no planning, no training, no projects. At the same time the so-called "Branch Chiefs" and "Division Chiefs" were bottom-of-the-barrel nonentities whose idea of a workday was to read the paper mornings and afternoons, broken only by 1 1/ lunches.. If one attempted to create his/her own assignments he was targeted for abuse and his work was ignored or thrown away. They seemed to enjoy watching the employees languish at their desks with nothing to do. And at the same time were reluctant to provide references lest someone "escape" and find a real job. . Finally, I went into business for myself. Now, I wake up every morning with the exhilaration of knowing that I AM NO LONGER TRAPPED AT THE FCC!!

    Advice to Management

    In my lifetime I hope never again to be associated with people of your caliber again. You are the most futile, stagnant, paltry and worthless humans conceivable by even the most sick and fevered imagination. It is a sad and frightening thought to reflect that the absurd and ghastly joke called the FCC is responsible for this great country's communication policy.


  7. "Not a great place for young professionals (other than lawyers)"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits package.

    Cons

    Hopelessly political and repressive.

  8. "Contracting Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FCC full-time

    Pros

    The agency is a small agency so you actually get to know many employees on a personal and professional basis

    Cons

    The agency is politically divided because its senior leadership are appointed based on who is the governing party.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the people who do the job rather than those who want to be politically accepted.


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to great is the goal

    Cons

    Not so good to not so great is not the goal

    Advice to Management

    More autonomy


  10. "Economist"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment in place.

    Cons

    Far from some metro stations

    Advice to Management

    more project opportunities to learn about all facets of FCC.


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