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Updated April 19, 2018
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  • occasional overly ambitious person just marking time to leverage for a job in the private sector (in 42 reviews)

  • Often work long hours and must be available 24/7 depending on national situations (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Federal Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job security and advancement

    Cons

    Silly rules but you get through it


  2. "Disabled"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in East Marion, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in East Marion, NC
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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a good Stable income.

    Cons

    Not enough income for a single parent.

    Advice to Management

    Get More resources for single parent families .

  3. "govt job"

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

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

    Pros

    flex schedule is great to have

    Cons

    merit doesn't matter. grade is how u get job and seniority. sometimes favoritism

    Advice to Management

    respect experiences from outside entities vs from in house egos


  4. "Strange time for government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Stable, good network to move to other positions.

    Cons

    Obviously, bureaucracy. More of my time than I care to admit is spent trying to do things that should be simple like requesting leave.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to keep good people.


  5. "Operations Superintendent, Manager, Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Great Training and work environments

    Cons

    Sometimes to takes a while to move up


  6. "Riding the Gravy Train"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in North Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional position that is part for the CBA.

    Cons

    Progressives destroy everything and demand preferential treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Drain the swamp.


  7. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can limit creative inputs

  8. "Emergency 911 Services Dispatcher/Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Emergency 911 Services Dispatcher/Trainer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Emergency 911 Services Dispatcher/Trainer in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Civil Service position that pays more than local 911 Dispatching Centers. Eligible for advancement. Over Time available. Work Schedule is 12 hr shifts, 2 days/nights on, 2 days off, 3 days/nites on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off. Every other weekend is a 3 day weekend. Rotate days/nights every 4 -5 months. Night differential and Sunday grade. Locality pay based on location/cost of living. Currently has a $6k sign on bonus for experienced dispatchers. Direct hire and civilian hire without veteran status are eligible for higher periodically.

    Cons

    The nature of this vocation is not for everyone. The attrition rate is higher than most occupations. High op tempo, fast paced environment. Keyboarding and multi-tasking is germane. When natural disasters strike, you are considered essential personnel. Phase training is fast paced and not for those who cannot manage stress well. Hiring process through USAJOBS.GOV is a long process.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees that can directly assist the Training Officer. Life Cycle Support for equipment and Service Level Agreements need to be reviewed and/or modified. Standardize operating procedures across the board for the 14 military installations. Keep job postings active at all times due to attrition and long hiring process.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Executive Leader, defense and intelligence"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Leadr in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Leadr in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The range of engaging and important issues to work is endless. The federal government still values a 'pipeline' approach to career management where you enter (usually) at a junior, unskilled level and learn through training and intensive on the job experience. Time, experience, training, broadening, etc., all matter. Years of experience, breadth of experience, level of responsibility, willingness to take on significant management roles --and some gray hair -- are considered good things. Doing things by method, waiting your turn, proving yourself, respecting your seniors -- all matter very much.

    Cons

    The career values of federal service can lead to lack of imagination, unwillingness to take risks, tendency to reward seniority rather than skills and impacts, sluggish decisionmaking, inability to get rid of poor performers. Also, though pay is pretty good, aggressive, talented employees will bump up against a pay ceiling before too long. Finally, the federal government is not able to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Just not possible to have a workforce that values stability and which can be agile enough to stay abreast of the newest technologies and applications. That's why companies/contractors will always be essential for federal government success.

    Advice to Management

    Choose to flatten the senior levels and hire in younger, junior staff who have technical skills you need. Those younger staff will probably leave federal service rather than completing a full career, but if your workforce stays concentrated in the junior grades, you can hire in new talent to cover those who are leaving.


  10. "Government job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Job security, structured pay increases and paid training .

    Cons

    Pay limitations, bureaucracies, changes in administration

    Advice to Management

    Remember the "Golden Rule", treat others the way you would want to be treated.


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