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FDA Silver Spring Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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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. "Learning Opportunity is Great In FDA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    Cross functional interaction and learning

    Cons

    Benefits could be improved more

    Advice to Management

    Be Transparent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Orise fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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. "Statistician"

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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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Center for Tobacco Products"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Regulatory Counsel"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Family friendly, Many opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Promotions based on favoritism; subject to political whims


  7. Helpful (1)

    "scentist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    benefit is good, stable job

    Cons

    no chalenge, salary is not good

    Advice to Management

    interview more people

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate about Public Health"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Receptionist"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FDA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits; wonderful co-workers; very supportive; work is very interesting

    Cons

    I wanted to become permanent; I was a contractor

    Advice to Management

    N/A
    Everything good


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Brief"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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