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Updated July 23, 2017
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Pros
  • excellent ppl, interesting work, great work-life balance (in 38 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. "Reviewer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, flexible schedule, good educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Very difficult to land a permanent position. Hiring process is broken.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the hiring process and train the staff to understand important qualifications for specific positions.


  2. "International Policy Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great training opportunities, good networking

    Cons

    Contracting position doesn't provide fringe benefits

  3. "Research Fellow"

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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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Cush Govt. Job. Too many employees doing one job/answering phone"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Executive Secretary in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Secretary in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cush job, not enough work to do, too many employees answering one phone, benefits better and less $$ than private industry, pay 3-4 times higher than private industry, don't need a degree or education to make tons of money, breaks whenever you like, gym in the bldg and people go after their lunch hr. , govt. store any time of day to buy your lottery tickets (seriously) , tons of leave and sick leave, celebrate birthdays, births, holidays on work time for hours...

    Cons

    Zero cons if you work for federal govt. FDA. Truly In a bubble from the rest of the country.


  5. "It's not the worst Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    FDA OHR is very telework friendly
    FDA altogether has great facilities for employees to work in
    It is a professional atmosphere
    Great flexibilities (work/life balance)

    Cons

    Lacks Structure
    Work was not challenging
    Not the best place for motivated and ambitious employees
    Lack of transparency between leadership and workforce in FDA OHR
    Lack of consistency

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and consistent


  6. "Orise Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Relax environment, plenty of funding

    Cons

    Not research oriented, slow pace


  7. "Statistician"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job is very Stable and flexible

    Cons

    Potential for Promotion and Pay level are mediocre.

  8. "Good agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission and values to protect public health

    Cons

    Office polite EEO needs overhaul

    Advice to Management

    EEO diversity disability awareness needs to be practiced not just on paper


  9. "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for growth


  10. "statistician"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at FDA full-time

    Pros

    FDA provides flexible schedules to employees

    Cons

    FDA pays less than industry

    Advice to Management

    More ladders could be provided to senior employees


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