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FDA Silver Spring Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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  • 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. Helpful (2)

    "Some divisions are way better than others"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Orise fellow"

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    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

  3. "Statistician"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate about Public Health"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a real connection with the public health mission, a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere considering the amount of doctors, scientists, and legal professionals employed by the agency, and my colleagues have a genuine passion for the work they do.

    Cons

    Can get political at times, leadership isn't as innovative as the staff, it is a government agency so approvals and decisions tend to be slow, and the promotion/incentive policy is bureaucratic you have to wait one year before you can move to the next pay grade if your job has a promotion scale.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage public private partnerships to keep up with industry standards, learn how to better engage millennials, and do a better job of grooming diverse employees for leadership roles.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Brief"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Compensation, Health Benefits, Culture, Opportunities

    Cons

    Nepotism, Poor Atmosphere, Office Culture

    Advice to Management

    Not sure


  6. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FDA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, provided free buses
    Large campus with many food options
    Worked with Scientists and Interns to get experience in a broad range of techniques

    Cons

    Like many offices in the DC area, it was hard to navigate office politics. Departments were merging and changing so it made it difficult to know what direction research was heading in.

    Advice to Management

    While the intern program is very accommodating there didn't seem to be much awareness of it outside of hear-say and university of maryland. I think pulling from further away would make it a better program.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Government Work with a Public Health Mission"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people,beautiful modern campus, government work with a real purpose in the goal of ensure the public health. If you are an ambitious driven individual with a scientific or legal background you will likely thrive in this largely collaborative environment. Government benefits, telework agreements in place for experienced staffers with reputable PMAPs. Great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    It's the government things do not happen quickly. Inspections are managed by a group that does not typically communicate with the customers at headquarters. Training is managed on a first come first serve basis with no ready curriculum assigned to new hires to ensure an equal footing and therefore baseline performance proficiency. Needs modernize its paperwork-heavy quirky systems interfaces especially as it regards government travel; end users should be authorized to schedule their own basic travel arrangements. Approvals for these, supplies and training requests should be processed speedily and communication of any problems done immediately so there are no delays.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and invest in them to ensure that they are best prepared to deliver confidently and capably.

  8. "Good Entry Level Job"

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    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

    Pros

    Important work, learned a lot about designing and conducting good research

    Cons

    Too much going on in my department to do good research--overwhelmed with review responsibilities

    Often moves very slow, even for a research department

    Very bureaucratic


  9. "data analyst ORISE fellow"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD

    Pros

    good working environment and good co-workers

    Cons

    slow working pace, especially during snowing weather and holiday seasons


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Chemist"

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

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

    Pros

    Lifetime job guarantee. They cannot retire you due to age. That would be age discrimination. It is almost impossible to fire a federal employee. If you are a deadbeat and do not mind collecting a paycheck for life, without doing anything, the FDA is the place for you! On the other hand, if you have any ambition whatsoever and want to make your parents proud of you, do not bother.

    Cons

    Nobody here cares about anything. Management does not care. D.C. stands for "Don't Care." The colleagues are deadbeats. The environment if hostile. Not just antisocial: hostile. People do not come to work. They stay home. Abandon hope all ye who enter.

    Advice to Management

    Management: please resign. All of you. Right now. You are no good. Oh wait! The Republicans are going to eliminate your jobs anyway. Never mind.


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