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Updated February 17, 2018
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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Pros
  • excellent ppl, interesting work, great work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule (most employees telework 1-2 days per week) (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Project managers are expected to be full time secretaries and also be "regulatory experts" by working weekends (in 9 reviews)

  • As with any government agency, there can be a lot of red tape (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leaving FDA is the biggest mistakes I have made in my career! I miss working with such hard-working, fun-loving people I've ever met. The work was challenging but rewarding. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I ever had the chance.
    FDAers are some of the most caring people I've ever met. They sincerely believe in their mission of protecting public health and do great work to keep us all safe.

    Cons

    Political and contentious. Some higher-ups feel they can do jobs outside of their expertise, so they'll try to tell you what to do even though they have no clue.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of the skill set of your employees, and manage their talents more effectively. At a minimum, trust that we know what to do.


  2. "Consumer Safety Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training provided around the country.

    Cons

    Short staffed with a lot of pending work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.

  3. "Good Starting Point"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Clean Laboratory and equipment
    friendly staff
    well managed building

    Cons

    work is very non consistent, there is often times where i have nothing to do for long periods of time


  4. "Consumer Safety Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Advancement Opportunities and Benefits

    Cons

    Flexability, Distance, Weather, Opportunity for advancement within

    Advice to Management

    Develop a program to allow work from home and develop from with in Grow Your Own Concept


  5. "Protecting Public Health"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sense of purpose, challenging and stimulating work, passionate co-workers, decent compensation

    Cons

    Many IT, reorganization barriers and alot of administrative minutiae

    Advice to Management

    Value existing workers as human beings rather than a means to an end and replaceable. Hear and address frustrations rather than accept increasing attrition and factor it in as a norm. High employee turnover increases the burden on an already stressed/overworked/overloaded staff


  6. "Microbiologist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at FDA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Job stability and benefits

    Cons

    Can earn Salary higher in industry

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancememt


  7. "Great office environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Great people in the office. Work is interesting and not overwhelming.

    Cons

    Upper management was out of touch with the day to day issues of the average worker bee.

  8. "Pharmacologist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacologist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Pharmacologist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment with great flexibility.

    Cons

    Lower salary than industry but good environment and people. To work with.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The federal Benefits and the mission

    Cons

    The union grievance process is time consuming and unfair to management

    Advice to Management

    Attention to employees must be fair and reasonable


  10. "great place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice people, independent working enviroment

    Cons

    lack of interaction between departments


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