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Updated June 13, 2018
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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  • "Low pay leads to frequent employee turnover" (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Low stress, fulfilling job!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    40 hour work week, on average; great work culture; coworkers who are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    The job application process is awful.


  2. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, train, and contribute to promoting and protecting public health. Learn to make science, data, and evidence-based decisions.

    Cons

    Promotions can be delayed due to paperwork backlog

  3. "director and regulatory counsel"

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Counsel in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Regulatory Counsel in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance and collegial work environment

    Cons

    Politics within the agency make meeting goals and objectives difficult

    Advice to Management

    Resist the politics within the organization where possible


  4. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to move around within the organization. Good to network and know a lot of people.

    Cons

    Sometimes sneaky management, be careful how you move


  5. "Program Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance

    Cons

    None I can think of


  6. "FDA ORISE Fellow"

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

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, Basic Science Research without grant writing,

    Cons

    ORISE capped at 3 years in duration and salary ceiling, health care NOT included, no benefits


  7. "CST"

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    Current Employee - Cst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Cst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Workload is straight forward and manageable most of the time.

    Cons

    Easily taken advantage of and overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Give recognition to those who do the base part of the work rather than the management that tells them to do it.

  8. "Great place"

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

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    FDA offers a stable working environment. Great for family

    Cons

    The nature of work may be repetitive and boring sometimes


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FDA part-time

    Pros

    Great learning environment for the new fellows

    Cons

    PI was unsure of the future of his research


  10. "Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in the work place

    Cons

    Low pay relative to industry


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