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Updated February 15, 2018
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Jason McNamara
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Pros
  • Get to help people that really need it (in 25 reviews)

  • If you like to travel, meet new people and work long hours making moneys and free hotel & food (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work very long hours, sometimes in bad condition (in 14 reviews)

  • Long deployments away from home; lack of accountability (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Serve the Nation by Helping others"

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    Former Employee - Historic Preservation Specialist in Biloxi, MS
    Former Employee - Historic Preservation Specialist in Biloxi, MS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEMA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent job satisfaction. Assigned to assist others in need. Constantly changing project parameters.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic red tape. Early in a disaster, work weeks can be 12 hours a day for five days, and 6 hours on a sixth. Employees can be whisked from one disaster to another on short notice, without having projects completed.


  2. "Housing inspector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FEMA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really loved what I did because I was able to help people in the different disasters such as Katrina Rita Ike and now Harvey I am a people person and I take pride in helping people get back on their feet that lost everything that was the great part about it

    Cons

    Well I can't say they were any downsides to it only that I am a person that always wants to go the extra mile or challenge myself so if I said I'm going to inspect 5 houses today I'm going to try and do 10 so anyting being bad about this job I really can't say anything bad about it.

  3. "Management Support Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Management Support Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Support Clerk in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEMA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment.
    Wonderful management support.

    Cons

    I cannot produce any tangible complaints about the work environment.


  4. "Local hire"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, great people, benefits

    Cons

    Schedules, management, no ranking of employees


  5. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FEMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the fact that the environment didn't have the "corporate feel". People genuinely wanted to help me learn more.

    Cons

    You could be let go at any moment (government jobs).


  6. "Bleh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No interview. Daily allowance.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Work is not guaranteed.


  7. "Customer Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of down time to read between calls. Paid federal holidays and you can earn sick leave.

    Cons

    Barely trained us before putting us on calls. Basically just pushed us into the deep end.

    Advice to Management

    Train your workers and provide assistance to them so they provide accurate information.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to serve people in need.

    Cons

    Difficult to obtain full time position


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away. Trying to get out myself."

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    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Denton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Great Health Insurance
    Great TSP retirement investments with matching.

    Cons

    No Work/Life balance - FEMA is your life. All of my supervisors have been divorce atleast 3 times.
    The organization has taken steps to improve but as soon as a disaster hits its out the window.

    Lack of career advancement - job advancement is based on the next higher grade, supervisors and subordinates are seperated by a few pay grades.

    You have to ask permission to go to the bathroom.

    Job duties change rapidly without set policy and expections in place.

    DC-HQ dictates orders without clear understanding of how the job gets done. An example of this is the condensing a 2 week course into 2 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Hire trained emergency managers to head up organization


  10. Helpful (1)

    "FEMA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Meet new people and make them feel better

    Cons

    Lot of driving lack of sleep 14hr shifts


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