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Farm Credit Administration Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for a meaningful career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Farm Credit Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work with something new every day. Good mix of tenured and younger staff creates a fun place to work. High percent of people staying at FCA for their career and relatively low attrition rates tells you this is a great place to work. Most people committed to mission of a safe and sound financial system for agriculture.

    Cons

    Travel high. Self created stress. Legislatively mandated political selection of new CEO at least once every 6 years creates highly disruptive environment. Changing priorities and initiatives create uncertainty and stress which flows throughout organization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission. Seems to get lost at times with focus diversity and family friendly. These are important, but people want to know their job has value.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Farm Credit Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is one of the top 10 small federal agencies on the federal government's list of the best agencies to work for. Because the agency is small, there are opportunities to quickly advance to senior level in the organization. The agency is rather efficient in the way it regulates its industry, without much bureaucracy. The people are warm and cordial. There is an emphasis on work-life balance, with the ability to telecommute and to work a compressed schedule (four days a week for 10 hours a day.) Benefits are great, including two retirement plans instead of one. There are no cubicles, everybody gets an office. Most people spend their entire career until retirement at FCA.

    Cons

    Compensation may be lower in government than in similar positions in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust to the younger generation of workers who may switch jobs more frequently than the older generation.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Examiner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commissioned Bank Examiner in Parker, CO
    Current Employee - Commissioned Bank Examiner in Parker, CO

    I have been working at Farm Credit Administration (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, paid travel, paid training

    Cons

    Boring work, work/life balance reduced recently, no accountability for poor performers


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Busy work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bank Examiner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Bank Examiner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Farm Credit Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Travel, salary, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Pointless busy work that the banks do not value


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Professional environment, but the people are like family,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Examiner in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Examiner in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Farm Credit Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging work with good people who care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    A little insular, sometimes can be poloitically driven, not a lot of variety in tasks or outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people, they know what they're doing


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Credit Administration full-time

    Pros

    pay, benefits, great people, challenging work

    Cons

    commute around this location can be a bear


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Credit Administration full-time

    Pros

    Great people (most)
    Great benefits
    Family Friendly
    Excellent career for self-starters/independent thinkers

    Cons

    If you need to be told what to do and how to do it everyday - it's not for you.
    If you be told how fabulous you are (every day) - it's not for you.
    If you are a pessimistic complainer - it's not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep an open mind about a changing work environment. Try to avoid hiring whiners.


  9. "Exceptional Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Farm Credit Administration full-time

    Pros

    Great early development career progression and good opportunities after commission if you take the initiative. Generally, a solid team mentality. Get to travel to some interesting places!

    Cons

    Travel can be a little much for some. If you want a lot of hand holding after commission, this may not be the job for you. You generally need to step up immediately to assume an Examiner in Charge role directly after commission and take charge of your career. A couple of bad performers/bad attitudes can have a pretty large impact to a project and it is unclear if anything is ever done about it (except they usually leave).

    Advice to Management

    Reduce redundant review processes.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Bank examiner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Credit Administration full-time

    Pros

    Pay is relatively high for first job out of college

    Cons

    FCA is a very frustrating workplace. Recently FCA began hiring more numbers than usual in attempt to mitigate high levels of attrition. It seems like someone is quitting like every other month. The number of trainers and supervisors for newhires remained the same. They are handling twice as many new employees so no one has enough attention to teach/learn the job and no one knows what they are doing. This is the case if newhires have anything assigned to them to do. The level of mistrust of newhires is crazy. Even though we have degrees and were determined to be qualified to work at FCA, we are not trusted to do anything by ourselves. We are suppose to get training for everything we do first. We have to have permission to do anything or someone monitoring our every move, email, conversation, decision. Once again, that is if we have anything assigned to us to do. Having nothing to do sounds great, but it actually become very boring. pretty much get used to being delegitimized and belittled if you start working here straight out of college.

    Advice to Management

    Fix attrition issues, don't just hire more people. Don't hire more people unless you can handle them.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Needs to be shift in culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Farm Credit Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    FCA is a good place to work. Depending on your assignment, you may get to travel a lot and see different parts of the country that you probably would not think to visit. Most work is done independent of your supervisor; however, you work in teams often which allows for your work to be critiqued by your peers prior to supervisor review. Compensation is good although it can lag behind agencies with similar duties. Benefits are great; employees can opt in a flexible work agreement to have routine telework; healthcare coverage is bar none; you can accrue nearly 2 weeks worth of annual leave in your first year.

    Cons

    The culture is unappealing. Senior managers may attempt to dictate your opinion on a project. Career growth opportunities are lacking; even if there is a job opening you can almost guess who would get the job before the announcement closes (a lot of hand-picked promotions). Although travel is a pro, it is also a con based on how often you may have to travel. Diversity in management and senior management is lacking; diversity in the selection of new hires is very lacking. The agency is set up to train people but does not put in effort to retain - almost a "you are replaceable" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust your work culture based on the future; namely make it appealing to attract and retain millenials. Instead of hand-picking individuals for a promotion, create growth opportunities for a group of employees and then make your decision. Become more inclusive to the ideas of staff.


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