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Updated March 20, 2019
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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  • "low pay, very difficult to advance and contracts are unstable" (in 12 reviews)

  • "I hope those who apply understand that it is also impossible and embarrassing to try to go through the hiring process from the inside" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice staff, great culture

    Cons

    Unpaid, huge facility, can't uber from the inside


  2. "hahaha"

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    Current Employee - Orise Fellow
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow

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

    Pros

    relax time and a lot holidays

    Cons

    not interesting and full of mediocre people

  3. "Great Company. Pay is good and job is fulfilling."

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    Former Employee - Regional Retail Food Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Regional Retail Food Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to teleworker and fair wages.

    Cons

    Ability for promotion is slow appear out of your control.


  4. "Potential for an Excellent Job"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, telework possible (depending on supervisor), some other perks like public transport subsidies, good salary, can be low stress, union representation available

    Cons

    Short on personnel resources causes unnecessary stress and workload, especially for travel, management/supervisor skills can be lacking, depending on your city there can be no growth opportunities or other position opportunities,
    NO MATERNITY OR PATERNITY LEAVE! Awful. This needs to change ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure your employee is happy. Happiness is not just about pay, but also about growth, learning, appreciation.


  5. "Exposure to a variety of R&D"

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    Current Employee - Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work environment, pleasant colleagues, exposure to various research areas

    Cons

    Many administrative requirements that are a colossal waste of time, little opportunity to attend scientific conferences, professional mentoring can be hit or miss

    Advice to Management

    Encourage professional development, enhance mentoring opportunities


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Medical
    Former Employee - Medical
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FDA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and Telecommute opportunities were readily available.

    Cons

    Work load was very challenging.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work/life balance, stimulating environment, job security

    Cons

    Slow processes in place, salary can be less than private sector

  8. "This is a truly awful division"

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    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Not even (free) time to try to get another position.

    Cons

    Management spends their time mostly on their own research. They pay little attention to marketing applications from companies. So, if you are one of the unlucky ones who has to do your main responsibility of reviewing marketing applications, you will be working 80 hour weeks to offset the lucky ones who do mostly research. You will also be regarded poorly by management because you don't do independent research. It's a catch 22.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate 75% of the "managers" (responsible managers, various directors, team leaders, branch chiefs). They are overpaid and unneeded for the mission of protecting public health. Their main deliverable appears to be making comments in meetings. I think that can done (probably better) by Google search without wasting tax payers' money.


  9. "Its ok if you dont have other opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Chemist
    Former Employee - Chemist

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Coworkers are very helpful

    Cons

    - Management is very poor with an extremely slow hiring process
    - Nepotism leads to less success
    - Low salary compared to industry


  10. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Orise Fellow
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow

    I worked at FDA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good lab facilities and very inter-disciplinary research

    Cons

    Research projects are slow paced compared to industry