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Updated Sep 19, 2022

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3.9
76%
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91%
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FEMA Administrator FEMA Deanna Criswell
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Pros
  • "Good Pay + Good Benefits(in 64 reviews)
  • "Great people and lots of traveling(in 48 reviews)
  • "Good benefits and telework options.(in 40 reviews)
  • "The pay is pretty good and it's very exciting to help people, learn new skills, and be on the road.(in 27 reviews)
  • "Great training and supportive management team!(in 19 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    N/a

    Sep 12, 2022 - Accounting Technician 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    No cons that I want to write

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    It's great if you have an in with the bosses

    Sep 12, 2022 - Programmer Analyst 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Get to help people, lots of opportunity to move around and earn overtime

    Cons

    Tenure and who you hang out with matter much more than competence. I know people who do nothing but attend meetings all day and get promoted ahead of the pack. Chances are your boss is more interested in keeping you on their team than helping you advance

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    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Upper management has low regard for workers

    Sep 4, 2022 - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Peers are incredible. Pay is above average.

    Cons

    Management is the absolute worst. They are the epitome of micromanagement and disregard for workers. Was once deployed and required to drive over 900 miles only to find I was not needed but required to stay for 30 days. Daily meetings are nothing more than a time-wasting micromanagement tool by an incompetent director. Money and resources are wasted by the boatload and is covered up.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Don't Have a Life

    Aug 22, 2022 - Emergency Management Specialist in Hyattsville, MD
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Guaranteed salary increases per GS level and occasional 3% annual raise depending on who is president. Best health insurance options in the U.S. Accrued Sick Leave and separate Annual Leave.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Do not come into this position thinking you will have time to have a life separate from work. From now on, FEMA owns you. You are a ward of the agency.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good place to start

    Sep 19, 2022 - Disaster Recovery Specialist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good starting salary, never more than 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Not challenging, too easy to become bored.

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Not what it used to be

    Aug 12, 2022 - Emergency Management Specialist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You never have to go to the office or see your supervisor. The bar is very low for performance. You can choose your own schedules and adventure. It takes five employees to do the work of one.

    Cons

    For anyone that has been around for more than a few years you know how far this organization has fallen. The Headquarters leaders are a mess, fail to communicate, and are inexperienced.

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  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Fine for what it is

    Sep 9, 2022 - Program Delivery Manager in Bothell, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, project-based schedule. Very easy once you get into the swing of things.

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement after 2 years; unmotivated staff; org as a whole very much a government mindset (plug in, do minimum, get paid)

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    If you like to travel

    Jul 10, 2022 - Reservist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I’ve gone to disasters in many states during my five years with fema. It’s entry level and all expenses paid travel. Lots of seniors and young people do this job. Massive overtime pay. Location is all states and territories.

    Cons

    Work hours and conditions can be harsh. (It’s where the fire/flooding/tornado etc occurred. First two weeks onsite is 12 hours day for 2 weeks then better after that. Lots of overtime! Not for everyone for sure.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Disaster

    Aug 24, 2022 - Data Entry Clerk 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, they pay good.

    Cons

    Rude people that calling you

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great Accommodations and Great First Step

    Aug 13, 2022 - Accountant Technician 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, and a good starting point for a government job.

    Cons

    Can be intermittent or varies greatly from month to month

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FEMA has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 888 reviews left anonymously by employees. 76% of employees would recommend working at FEMA to a friend and 69% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, FEMA employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.9 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at FEMA. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

76% of FEMA employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated FEMA 3.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.7 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at FEMA to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, senior leadership, management.

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