Federal Government Reviews

Updated February 10, 2016
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Pros
  • Encouragement of work-life balance among all employees (in 56 reviews)

  • awesome job security and benefits (in 70 reviews)

Cons
  • Experience may or may not be relevant to private sector (in 30 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours at times with no extra pay involved or overtime (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Fed Jobs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Criminal Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Criminal Investigator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Interesting, complex, flexible, good benefits, diverse workforce, good training.

    Cons

    There aren't many cons working for the fed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your subordinates and solicit their advice on improving the operation.


  2. "Federal Judiciary"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and career opportunities!

    Cons

    The salary progression can be slow.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Yes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work for

    Cons

    Traffic can be difficult to get to

    Advice to Management

    Excellent


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  5. "Receptionist"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    This is truly a situation where I would like to find out salaries of where we want to be at

    Cons

    There are no cons to being employed by the Federal Government. This is a job where you have great flexibility

    Advice to Management

    I am not on this site to give advice to management. I find this a very strange question to ask. Anyway I am attempting to figire it all out.


  6. "Has its benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay. Great time off. Compensation is more than fair.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at its best. Effecting change is all but impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Differs dependent on location and position. There is a mix of good and poor leadership.


  7. "Great mission, support for employees, long delays"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission that is focused on service, with a fairly clear path to achieve promotion, and definitely supportive of work life balances for all persons.

    Cons

    Some individuals are retired in place as they no longer contribute to the policy world or have become disenfranchised, and as a result slow down government to a bureaucratic nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to celebrate individual accomplishments and limit draconian oversight of work. Earn trust through empowerment of subordinates.


  8. "Deputy Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Kaneohe, HI
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Kaneohe, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits with ample time off.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management process and styles reduce effectiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Update your processes and styles to become more efficient.


  9. "Rewarding Job"

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

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

    Pros

    Job doesn't follow the GS pay scale, but a performance based pay scale. It's much easier to receive yearly pay increases because of it. Very cool mission that impacts the US and the World in real time. Strong relationships with foreign partners.

    Cons

    The performance based pay scale still rewards bad performers. Also, our SES director is MIA. It's clear she doesn't want to be in our organization and its starting to crack morale.

    Advice to Management

    Require SES positions to maintain a physical presence at their organization 75% of the time.


  10. "senior civil service"

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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 Federal Government (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dealing with complex, global issues.

    Cons

    Antiquated, regimented promotional structure. Less than stellar peers.


  11. "Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    The Security of the job and pay

    Cons

    The yearly Salary is low compared to the market

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more



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