FEMA Reviews

Updated Sep 16, 2020

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3.5
53%
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66%
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FEMA Acting Administrator FEMA Pete T. Gaynor (no image)
Pete T. Gaynor
13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Everyone is working towards the greater good to help people(in 42 reviews)

  • "Travel to disasters when appropriate(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "They don’t really tell you when you’ll be deployed since it’s based on what happens during each disaster(in 52 reviews)

  • "Long hours in sometimes poor living conditions, but know it is disaster recovery work(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Interesting Part-Time Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEMA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Travel, flexibility to work on short or long assignments

    Cons

    Strict paperwork requirements, difficult to move from temporary employee to a full-time assignment.

  2. "Good Agency"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at FEMA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good mission Good benefits Can be fub

    Cons

    Unclear work expectations Older workforce Old technology Confused process to manage operations


  3. "Very good company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Program Delivery Manager in Ponce, PR

    I have been working at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, Federal position, health insurance, retirement plan, vacations

    Cons

    Is not secure, have to travel, have to apply constantly, is contract by contract

  4. "Mixed - definitely some good, with some challenges"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEMA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to move around and try new things. Travel to disasters when appropriate.

    Cons

    Hierarchy, so hard for messages to surface. Politics and lots of things go unsaid.

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  5. "Great Place to Start Career"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and a lot of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Emergency management is not for everyone

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company hard to attract and retain good talent."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FEMA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people and work environment are great. Everyone is working towards the greater good to help people.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get new great talent into the agency as the federal hiring process is a nightmare. Great talent goes to private firms that the govt then pays exorbitant amounts of money to contract.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good practice, very unstable"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Disaster Reservist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FEMA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -crash course into federal government practices, norms etc. -great pay IF/WHEN deployed -active work rather than boring desk assignments

    Cons

    -general mismanagement -poor communication -unequipped and poorly trained workforce -slow federal pace -infrequent deployments

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Mission Poor Management"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    Noble mission, interesting work, great colleagues

    Cons

    Some, not all, management is not the greatest. Leadership is constantly shifting. Very heavy on employees that were former military. Lacks diversity.

  9. "Love my job!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - DAE in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEMA part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work to assist disaster survivors, meet new people, travel.

    Cons

    There is different management at each venue, some are good, some are not.

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