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FEMA Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Get to help people that really need it (in 21 reviews)

  • I learned a lot about the system with the subcommittees and the administration and improved my communications skills (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours when working disasters leads to a lack of work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • I hated traveling so much and being away from home up to 10 months a year (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Blythewood, SC
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Blythewood, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, experience, training, Pay (get paid holidays)

    Cons

    Only temporary for Local Hires (with possibility of a permanent offer)


  2. "Great Mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    Helping folks when they need it most

    Cons

    Bureaucratic hurdles can be frustrating


  3. "You need to have the right supervisor!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    FEMA has plenty of opportunities for motivated public servants. Emergency functions are given to every employee and these allow for everyone to experience disaster response first hand.

    Cons

    Having a supervisor that supports you and your career path is key. Some are lazy and unmotivated. They are unwilling to let you progress since you take on the burden of the work that they are supposed to be doing.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more young and motivated leaders to rise through the ranks!


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  5. "worked out great for me"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEMA part-time

    Pros

    works well with daily schedule

    Cons

    the job is not intended to be long term


  6. "Excellent Example Of Federal Employment"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its' a fireman type of agency, when the core mission asserts, everyone is an emergency responder.

    Cons

    Few upwardly mobile opportunities in my own area of expertise.


  7. "Why does Glassdoor keep forcing me to reenter the same job info?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at FEMA full-time

    Pros

    Had a super great manager/boss/supervisor.

    Cons

    The boss of my boss thinks he knows everything and micromanages.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of micromanagers


  8. "Many dedicated, authentic, and smart co-workers."

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    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your work can have positive impact. There is a lot of variety in the type of work you do. Many veterans at agency.

    Cons

    High stress at times. Any employee may be deployed with little advance notice, and could be in the field for over 30 days.


  9. "Can be a lot of time away from home"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Get to help people that really need it
    2. Great co-workers

    Cons

    1. Not good for the family
    2. Survivors that try to take advantage of the system


  10. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, making a difference, training

    Cons

    bureaucracy, politics effect management which in turn affect everyone.


  11. "FEMA-Learning from lessons"

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    Current Employee - FCO in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - FCO in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people are working very hard to make FEMA successful. Some great practices and new approaches have been learned.

    Cons

    Internal leadership in HR and other "supprt areas" work against most managers. It is almost impossible to hire people, even with s many out of work. Human Resources provide no assistance to the mission in any meaningful way (hiring, employee development,, mentoring, performance management). They should sweep some areas clean and allow the right leaders to hire people to do the job.

    Advice to Management

    Get effective HR and logistics support so that leaders can do their jobs in an effective and timely way.



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