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Updated August 15, 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)

  • "Dysfunctional HR hiring process, inconsistent policy team to team, inherent unpredictable workload can upset work life balance" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "ORISE FELLOW"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    I can research into almost what I like

    Cons

    Need a phd to involve in actual research


  2. "Great experience to travel"

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

    I worked at FDA full-time

    Pros

    You can easily make contacts nationwide. Great travel opportunities. Obtaining an investigator role allows you to see how food products are made.

    Cons

    Training is lacking. Government technology is behind a few years. There is enough travel that you may forget what your home looks like.

    Advice to Management

    I would highly recommend that all managers go to management training classes. With all the science credits you need management skill is lacking.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of networking lots of opportunities great vacation and benefits

    Cons

    Few and far between great job


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    "Embrace Technology"

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly good work/life balance
    Work not too strenuous
    Good benefits
    Nice offices/faciltities

    Cons

    Not all managers embrace technology and advancing remote work capabilities
    Parking at main campus is a disaster
    Not all employees are hard workers which puts strain on others.
    IT systems could be better.


  5. "Scientific Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career development opportunities and training

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential, rigid organizational structure with lots of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Tell HR what to do, not the other way around.


  6. "ORISE Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    It's been great working here. I've learned a lot and all of my coworkers are open to letting me participate in projects that pique my interest. It has been a great first job.

    Cons

    Government work is slow, which is a given.


  7. "government jobs"

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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

    great benefits, job security, industry forward.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, everything moves at a glacial pace. the best workers don't get the best rewards.

  8. "Pathways Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Great introduction into the government.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to share, great experience overall.


  9. "Regulatory Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and great co-workers

    Cons

    Red tape and sometimes a slow pace


  10. "Pharmacologist"

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    Current Employee - Pharmacologist in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Pharmacologist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home and flexible schedules

    Cons

    There is Little opportunity to advance


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