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  • Some work life balance, but also expect to work longer hours when mgmt expects deliverables with short turn around times (in 24 reviews)

  • Senior management has SO MUCH experience they get into the weeds a bit much (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "My leadership cares"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fannie Mae full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like that my leadership listens to the organization. I like that they recognize what is wrong and keep the communication lines open.
    I believe they strive to be better, to live by their mission and to realize their vision.
    I love that I am in a position to help people find a home.
    Work gets busy but no one complains because we all work together. I love my division, my team and my work. :)

    Cons

    Still much politics to deal with. Also... Conservatorship ties the hands of the company in terms of options, but in a sense, it is also a blessing because it forced the company out of its complacent state. Still, it forces the company to shed people through layoffs during this restructuring season.
    Overall, I think the company made the best out of its worst by changing the culture, strengthening its infrastructure and listening to the customer. Truly, I am proud to work at Fannie Mae.

    Advice to Management

    Please, keep striving, keep listening and keep investing in your people. It's working.


  2. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary, bonuses, work life balance

    Cons

    out-dated incompetent technology leaders across the board

    Advice to Management

    change!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great Benefits
    -Great People
    -Great work/life balance

    Cons

    -too big
    -too many people here for too long

    Advice to Management

    -get leaner


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  5. "Senior Solutions Architect"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance when the project is right.

    Cons

    Slow to implement technology in some areas. Reckless in others.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Morale & mood for most employees is down"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect IV in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Architect IV in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits are higher than most average

    Cons

    Re-organization and layoffs are common so job stability is tenuous. Very hard to get anything done as processes continually change or unknown due to very high turnover rate


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, employee training, good industry and lots of learning experience

    Cons

    Slow growth, Salary not as good as industry


  8. "Decent experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect V in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Architect V in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fannie Mae full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Very helpful/kind environment

    Cons

    No career growth potential. No job growth.

    Advice to Management

    Create avenues for employees to grow.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on what you value; a single opine from an employee far removed from Fannie Mae's larger mission"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior TPS Architect in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior TPS Architect in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, extremely easy work (though pointless or meaningless at times) flexible work arrangements, constant change for those who have occupational ADD, work/life balance is excellent, great offices in Herndon/Reston. If you can tolerate "pretend work" for grossly inflated compensation in comparison to what is expected, then Fannie Mae is the best place to work around. If you want to climb the corporate ladder and advance quickly, nuzzle up to a Senior Executive and do everything you are told, otherwise use your brains and look for truly meaningful work elsewhere.

    Cons

    Poor communication, hard to keep up with constant change, several groups/people duplicating effort or going a different direction, shoot-from-the-hip "strategic" planning, work efforts seem impulsive without attention to long term goals, worthless/repetitive meetings without agendas/action items, lots of meetings but nothing is actually accomplished, group think and acquiring consensus/approval is extreme, mindless projects = "progress," project efforts are critical one week then non-existent the next, smart managers but who are very quickly seduced by the corporate kool-aid, no one seems to really know where we are going or how we are going to get there, gossip, passive aggressive co-workers who are easily threatened, aversion to new ideas with certain processes ("this is how we do it here"), intense dislike for contractors, constant flux of insourcing then outsourcing and vice versa, too much broad/vague corporate motivational/principles crap. FNMA tries waaaay too hard to label itself a world class company when it is really a chaotic mess with an average workforce at best.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to think of something constructive or at least clever to say here, but I guess all I can come up with is it this - it seems we are ALL pretending in our over-staffed, non-essential support roles. And, personally, I'm okay with that, but please stop pretending like you care about my career or how much work I appear to be doing. I'll stay on top of those TPS reports for 37.5 hours every week if it means I can take my family to a nice dinner now and again. Deal?


  10. "Work Environment at Fannie"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Architect
    Former Employee - Business Architect
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A good place to work. Easy work-life balance. People are nice friendly and helpful. Managers were co-operative and supportive.

    Cons

    Too much internal politics is there. Need to be away.