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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is great for working parents (in 21 reviews)

  • Great work from home and compressed work schedule policy (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Little room for growth past a GS-13 (in 4 reviews)

  • DC is an expensive place to live on a GS pay scale (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Get Deep Industry Experience"

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

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Forefront of all the biggest challenges and emerging trends in the industry, mostly very bright coworkers, very cooperative environment among the teams, divisions, and offices, decent work schedule flexibility, journeyman level up to GS-13 which isn't bad.

    Cons

    The cons are not unique to FERC but pervasive throughout many government agencies. There are a number of staff who are just waiting for retirement even if they are 5 years away from it, especially those who have reached a level where they are not interested in getting another promotion and performing at a high level. It's also annoying to still have to wear a tie (for men) when so many workplaces now only require business casual without the tie or even casual.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't advise giving managers the ability to terminate employment at-will, but the process should be easier to let some people go. Unfortunately, there is some truth, though not applicable to most, to the reputation of government workers being lazy.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time

    Pros

    Telework, flexible schedule, AWS was great

    Cons

    Little room for growth past a GS-13

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in mid-level employees

  3. "GS-11 Economist"

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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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Research is directed by political appointees.


  4. "Energy Analyst"

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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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time

    Pros

    Lots of positives - get to learn power engineering in combination with economics and legal. Great benefits and hopefully continued great job stability

    Cons

    A good bit of legal restraints on an employee

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with industry and current and possible future methods and technologies


  5. "Excellent leadership. Interesting work. Phenomenal work-life balance."

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    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great for working parents. There is a telework policy that allows work from home occasionally. And the government benefits are a plus.

    Cons

    The salary structure is on the government pay scale, so limited upward financial mobility. Otherwise, working here is pretty great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on.


  6. "Attorney-Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work from home and compressed work schedule policy.

    Cons

    OGC-EM managers created their own rules. Promotion and work assignments were based on who was a part of the "in-crowd" and not ability. Bonuses given on the same basis. Managers did not keep team informed. Information was hoarded and not shared freely. Not diverse.

    Advice to Management

    Less favortism would greatly improve morale. Should value long-term employees as much as newer ones.


  7. "Great Agency to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Sleepy agency where most employees are engineers or lawyers

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, a lot of responsibility, camaraderie

    Cons

    bureaucracy, paid less than outside parties


  9. "has great potential"

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    Former Employee - Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Energy Industry Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with; hard work does get recognized and acknowledged at times (could be better)

    Cons

    Bit of bureaucracy and favoritism in some groups; knowledge and experience should be valued better and junior staff encouraged to learn from older generation

    Advice to Management

    If you get rid of favoritism and actually support the knowledgeable and dedicated employees you have, would get loyalty from employees and respect from industry


  10. "Economist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work hours and good life balance.

    Cons

    Non-dynamic environment and too bureaucratic..

    Advice to Management

    More employee engagement.


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