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FDA Silver Spring Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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Silver Spring, MD

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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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Pros
  • excellent ppl, interesting work, great work-life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Flexible Work Schedule, learning and training opportunities, great work/life balance, benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Project managers are expected to be full time secretaries and also be "regulatory experts" by working weekends (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "ORISE Fellow"

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    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy, "Foot in the Door" for federal government, Farmer's Market on Tuesday's, Relaxed, Gain experience, Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Not challenging, No benefits, Low advancement opportunity, Disrespected by management

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful, honest, and transparent to employees. Require ethics training. Way too many GS-15's.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Center for Tobacco Products"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a paycheck and route to get a federal job

    Cons

    Workload is heavy and unrealistic expectations for project managers. Project managers are expected to be full time secretaries and also be "regulatory experts" by working weekends. Most people are trying to get out but have to wait through the hiring freeze with federal government.

    Advice to Management

    Phd does not spell management talent.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Work Experience of My Career"

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    Former Employee - Writer-Editor in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Writer-Editor in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stature of organization as the compliance body for drug and food safety. Federal employee benefits are outstanding. Great work facilities. Telework.

    Cons

    Given training only to be vilified for using it. Attitude of "we can't fire people," "that's the we've always done it here," is frustrating. Another former employee summed up the work experience well: soul-crushing.

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind you're employees who are actually following the guidelines set by the agency. Implement uniformity between the Centers, i.e., CBER should have the same processes as CDER.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "CDER - Lots of Bull At Th is Ro DEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not many. Facility is nice I guess though very spread out. Takes forever to get to meetings and white oak is no where near METRO but campus is pretty.

    Working from home allowed but every agency offers that. Also FDA makes you wait months before you get to do that.

    At least Union membership is available.

    Parking is free but you will be very very far from your building unless you are a higher up. Add 10-15 min to your commute each way for the walk.

    Cons

    CDER has a few completely psycho managers - especially in the nonscientific divisions. Mine is a spiteful unpredictable liar who does not communicate, changes her mind constantly, plays favorites, does not back up her people to others. Regularly throws you under the bus. And has made her way by kissing up to other sad crazy women who have somehow risen to higher positions. Person has no skills required to be managing others and from what I have experienced and heard may have serious mental issues. DEOs mios - no wonder we have lost so many people. Morale is terrible, people have left or are interviewing, i hear there are EEO cases, lawyers and investigators poking around - not a good environment.

    If you are thinking of working for FDA or CDER ask about turnover. Find a way to ask others about the hiring manager. Working direct for an MD or PHD, you will probably be OK, most of them are nice. If hiring manager is anything else, keep walking, its not worth it.

    CRAZY number of meetings. As in constantly.

    No where near METRO.

    Parking is ridiculous, not enough spots somehow.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of psycho managers. Stop tolerating the ones you know many have complained about and have tons of turnover.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "If you haven't been there 30 years, don't bother"

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Counsel in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Regulatory Counsel in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few at the Center for Drug Research. Its as if the drinking water has some chemical substance and they've all drunk at the wheel.

    Cons

    No parking, cramped offices, nasty folks, why bother. No creativity, lots of templates, but poor systems to help locate what is needed. Lots of wasted time doing projects that don't go anywhere - the Chief Counsel's office vetos almost everything.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some real attorneys in house who work for you and not the department. Don't assign busywork - you are wasting taxpayer resources.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Demoralized agency"

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    Former Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You help people, your coworkers are generally smart, and sometimes, you get to make a real difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Your cowokers are demoralized by budget cuts, overwhelming work, and it seems like everyone is taking a pot-shot at you, your work, and your agency..


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