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Pros
  • The government offers great work/life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Job security, education is paid for life time friendships (in 100 reviews)

Cons
  • occasional overly ambitious person just marking time to leverage for a job in the private sector (in 37 reviews)

  • Long hours away from home with an unprofessional peer group (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent experience."

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    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being part of the spirit of the country. Comradery. As an AF retiree, still working with the military and DoD. Benefits.

    Cons

    Term position not converted to permanent as had been indicated by prior leadership. Changing leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the spirit and 'team' work environment.


  2. "Happy Government worker: you can't "support veterans" and then tell them how worthless they are as federal employees!"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are always opportunities to do new things and learn new jobs. The pay and benefits are also good as well as coworkers.

    Cons

    Being denigrated by the politicians and subject to their infighting is a real drag.

    Advice to Management

    Show the public the quality of people who actually work for the federal government: we are extremely educated, motivated, and dedicated to public service... not lazy wastes of tax dollars. It is so frustrating. Sometimes, in between big jobs, I do get a little bored.

  3. "Director of Corporate Security Director of Global Security"

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    Current Employee - Chief, Cyber Division in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Chief, Cyber Division in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to lead change and lead people to implement change.

    Cons

    No cons to note at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Foster and atmosphere of inclusiveness and mentor all, not just a select few.


  4. "analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours and challenging work

    Cons

    there are production goals and sometimes it can be difficult to maintain the level of production required while balancing family demands

    Advice to Management

    better communication and consistency in management and guidance


  5. "Positive"

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    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, Mission, Opportunities, Making a difference

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Priorities, Resources, Time, and Organization

    Advice to Management

    Mission First, Always train, develop and mentor personnel


  6. "Comfortable Job, Must Be Your Own Advocate to Advance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, comfy perks.
    Nice salary.
    Reasonable and flexible hours.
    Work-life balance is awesome.
    Bearable.

    Cons

    Advancement is not easy. Very poltical and favoritism is prevalent.
    Job satisfaction linked to rating official/manager. Not many good managers. People promoted to manager without people skills and not able to motivate staff. Very negative people, no screening for managing skills prior to becoming a manager. Diretly impacts every day work life, organizational success and motivation.
    Sometimes work is boring. Not always challenging and opporunities to grow and advance are few and far between, depends on manager. Must ask for and make opportunities for yourself.
    Low employee morale. Staff unhappy with culture in my office. People leaving due to dissatisfaction of management not including them in decision-making or listening to their concerns.
    With sequestration and budget cuts, less financial leverege for training, hiring new staff and travel.

    Advice to Management

    I have been at my current job for over 4.5 years. Management should be ne more preventative as opposed to detective and reactive. Ask for regular and 360 feedback from staff as opposed to after-the-fact feedback obtained during mass exit interviews. Senior management surprised that many people quit suddenly and remaining staff are extremely unhappy with current culture and work environment. Performance review system inadequate, not always fair, depends on if your manager likes you, which I am lucky that mine does :) . Promotions based on politics and favoritism. Some people are not good managers and should be evaluated by those they manage (upward feedback). However, as a lower level staff, upward feedback on my managers has never been requested from me by senior management.


  7. "Working after retirement."

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    Current Contractor - Career Coach in Arlington, VA
    Current Contractor - Career Coach in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Program management done by fulltime staff. Get to experience state-of-the-art processes in the field from those employed fulltime or as professionals in the field.

    Cons

    Security clearance updates, computer access while on the job and building entrances.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep contractors alerted about program changes.

  8. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pay is good and you move up quickly.

    Cons

    Private sector compensation for certain positions is much higher.

    Advice to Management

    More communication with the mid-level employees.


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