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FEMA Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Opportunity to help people who have survived a Presidentially declared disaster" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Learn new skills, help survivors, good salary, meet new people" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Away from home for extended periods" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Work very long hours, sometimes in bad condition" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (RF)"

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    Current Employee - Telecommunications SPECIALIST RF in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Telecommunications SPECIALIST RF in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Team player , honest , loyal , caring, desciplined

    Cons

    Not a perfect public speaker, I talk to myself sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Care about all employees.


  2. "Just do your work and leave"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hyattsville, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hyattsville, MD

    Pros

    Pay
    Great overtime pay when available

    Cons

    Only a contract position
    Everybody wants to become permanent

  3. "Disaster recovery Individual assistance"

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    Current Employee - IA Housing Agent in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IA Housing Agent in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to help people, travel you learn about disasters what really happens. Its rewarding knowing what you do makes a difference in peoples lives. You grow up and learn to be independant.

    Cons

    Your away from everything comfortable to what you know. You miss your family an friends.

    Advice to Management

    Remember People do this because they really want to help and learn. Try not to over micro manage. Be patient. Please share your knowledge were not here to take over we are here to help.


  4. "Sr. Emergency Management Program Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission to help people in need. Travel extensively. Staff supports each other to accomplish the mission.

    Cons

    Management is not effective. Location in NYC is expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on essential needs of FEMA and jettison superflous activities. Hire well, retain good staff, promote well.


  5. "Individual assistance program specialist"

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    Current Employee - Individual Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Individual Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEMA part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travel, per diem, people you meet

    Cons

    Frustrating, Sad stories, 24-48 hrs notice to be at location


  6. "HR Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent organization to work with. Love the work atmosphere!

    Cons

    No negatives about working with FEMA


  7. "Tough but meaningful"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to help disaster survivors on their worst day

    Cons

    There is no end to disaster season; can be exhausting

    Advice to Management

    Not everything is Priority #1

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Young people wanted"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If your right out of college and have nothing holding you to a location, it can be a great place to work.

    FEMA is getting rid of it's older workers and hiring young so now is the time to jump on board.

    Travel to all sorts of places

    Help others in their time of need
    Very satisfying job

    Cons

    Away from home for extended periods.
    Depending on position, management can be good or bad

    Advice to Management

    Hire people to manage because they have managerial skills and not because they can do the work. It's not the same thing


  9. "Opportunities and disappointments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FEMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to help disaster impacted communities.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision making and lack of organization.


  10. "3 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good work for the money

    Cons

    Typical office politics create drama


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