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Updated June 23, 2017
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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 36 reviews)

  • It's fulfilling to go to work every day knowing you are helping support their public health mission (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes I felt as if I did not have enough work to do as an intern, as most full-time employees like keeping their work only to themselves (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Microbiologist/Compliance Officer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always challenging, always learning and expanding skill set. Great group of very dedicated people.

    Cons

    Change is slow to come as large institutions are not very nimble. However, efficiencies are being identified and implemented at a faster rate now.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees on the ground.


  2. "Some divisions are way better than others"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer/Editor in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Writer/Editor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is nice.

    Cons

    Some divisions don't care about your career advancement and won't allow any continuing education.

    Advice to Management

    Allow all employees to receive annual training.

  3. "Overall good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ORISE in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - ORISE in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FDA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, good compensation,

    Cons

    I didn't get the maternity leave. Also, some other cons of working as ORISE is that you don't get benefits and get less opportunity to attend regulatory workshops (due to low priority in the waiting list)


  4. "Learning Opportunity is Great In FDA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Cross functional interaction and learning

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved more

    Advice to Management

    Be Transparent


  5. "associate chief counsel"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in White Oak, MD
    Current Employee - Attorney in White Oak, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent ppl, interesting work, great work-life balance

    Cons

    it's government, so some politics and bureaucracy


  6. "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in White Oak, MD
    Current Employee - Director in White Oak, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Life saving work; mission driven organization determined to improve public health.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; steeped in outdate process; does not appreciate innovation.


  7. "Orise fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good opportunity to learn, and establish network

    Cons

    little chance to advance in federal government

  8. "Office of Regulatory Affairs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telework and Agency Mission are very important and a draw to this agency.

    Cons

    Management needs a lot of training and someone needs to hold them accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a lot of work. Communication and guidance from leadership is lacking. Many of the managers are rude and downright nasty at time.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "FDA not good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They pay you a lot and you earned every dollar.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Unresponsive to employee issues.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of DFDT. You are abusing employees there.


  10. "Research Fellow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Brilliant People
    -As entry level position, they prioritized my education and valued my opinion and I was utilized in critical roles
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    Cons

    -Nepotism in terms of funding


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