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Updated October 9, 2018
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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  • "low pay, very difficult to advance and contracts are unstable" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Dysfunctional HR hiring process, inconsistent policy team to team, inherent unpredictable workload can upset work life balance" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "It's an audit oriented organisation with an university of Texas."

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    For enhancing knowledge on quality reviews and to be the part of healthy volunteers

    Cons

    Movement from India to abroad with family

    Advice to Management

    Nice


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Reviewer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work. Intellectually stimulating. Cutting edge.

    Absolutely love working for the FDA and serving my country. People completely overestimate the pay issue. Most biotech are NOT the top 10 major bio tech firms, and will only pay on the order of $60-100k for PhDs. That's literally what the FDA starts PhDs at, but the cherry on top is that you have wayyyyyyyyy more job stability, plus excellent benefits. I don't think I'll ever go back to private industry, because the jobs are so unstable. Getting to work for the FDA is tantamount to getting a golden ticket. If you put your time in, you can make $130-150k per year. I mean really, is that really bad compared to industry? Not really. I hope to be retiring from the FDA 35 years from now when I'm an old man.

    You won't be *rich* working for the government, but you absolutely will never be poor and can earn a high middle class income. I max out the $18k for retirement and still have plenty of money left over to buy a house, buy decent clothes, travel and save for emergencies. I'm getting ahead in life, which is all I need.

    Absolutely, 100% love working for the FDA .

    Cons

    Not much. I love my job everyday.

  3. "Best Government Job I Ever Had"

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    Current Employee - Training Specialist in White Oak, MD
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in White Oak, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Flexible Schedules and Time Off
    Serving The Mission- Public Health

    Cons

    Co-Workers Can Be a Negative Nancy
    Being Volun-told
    Can Become Complacent
    Small margin for promotion

    Advice to Management

    I understand the mission and I understand delegating work to get done. However, managers can create more genuine opportunities for growth and not opportunities to give more work and use "Volun-Told" as a solution.


  4. "Graduate research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Bedford Park, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Bedford Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and experienced scientists. Enough funding to support projects. Free environment.

    Cons

    Working efficiency is kind of low. Takes a long time for clearance.


  5. "Regulatory Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great telecommuting and work from home policy

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.


  6. "Intern experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great learning environment, very nice, driven, incredibly smart people. Broad, people are helpful when you ask.

    Cons

    Not whole lot of mentorship, employees are very busy. Parking is bad.


  7. "Research Fellow"

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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

    Learn more, not too busy

    Cons

    Work space is not enough

  8. "postdoctor"

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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

    a nice working condition, good salary, stable life

    Cons

    far away from the city


  9. "IT Security Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    FDA flexibility is very great

    Cons

    Nothing to report at this time


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consumer Safety Officer"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work, continuous learning opportunities/professional development, use of skills in meaningful/make a difference ways, great benefits/competitive pay, and flexible schedule/telecommuting opportunities.

    Cons

    As with any government position: bureaucracy exists, the hiring process is tedious, you won't get rich, revolving door of leadership - or lack of leadership in some cases (supervisors are not given the tools to become good leaders), making a difference is a marathon, not a sprint.

    Advice to Management

    A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Leadership is not about title or designation. ...and other leadership quotes. In essence: learn and study to become a great leader - and never stop - its an art, not a science.


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