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Federal Government Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  • occasional overly ambitious person just marking time to leverage for a job in the private sector (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. "Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, Columbus, Ohio"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Service Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Medical Service Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll know exactly what you'll be doing, and what repetitive work means. You'll know exactly what Pink Floyd meant by "The Machine" because you will be nothing more than a cog in the spinning, inefficient wheel of bureaucracy. Satisfaction of the job was in helping veterans, but because I helped too much I was down-sized out of my position and forced to resign. Yes, if you do not play the game, or are not the right color or gender you are always on the bubble.
    Best part is not President Trump can clean house of the stench that exists in this machine. Too many employees are deadweight. They must go!

    Cons

    Healthcare of full-time employees can be good, but only if you can afford the bi-weekly payments and the co-pay. All in all, not that great.
    You never know, from day to day if it's your last day on the job unless you're in the "click".
    Pay is lowest among all government entities, and expectations are some of the highest -- go figure.

    Advice to Management

    Dump the constant and useless seminars and training modules. Complete waste of time.
    Dump the insider promotions, we're all too wise to see this scam for what it is. Look out, for the Trump-Train is about to make a big change to your club. Lastly, if you're on top in the organization you'll spend hour, and days, in meetings and typing reports, and paid well. If you are working in any other positoin you will remain poor and disgruntled. Just saying.


  2. "Special Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, Steady Pay, ability to be creative

    Cons

    Liability for making an honest mistake and non-supportive management

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees


  3. "Assessment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Provides a critical and necessary level of protection and service to the American public. Major operations at large cities and expanded operations around the world. Tactical implementation is key on a daily basis with some operations at a 24/7 operational level.

    Cons

    The strategic plan is not working. Delivering the expected level of operational service to the American public continues to decline and fall into a reactionary mode. Service levels and demonstrating operational excellence and efficiency are in major disarray and levels of degradation without any sign of any sense of urgency or ability to address these key issues.

    Advice to Management

    Immediately need to address the lack of adequate physical resources as well as personnel to establish a constant level of operational implementation that can deal with the fluctuations and variable daily demand of these services on a consistent and regular basis.


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  5. "The good, bad, and worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Division Chief in Tracy, CA
    Former Employee - Division Chief in Tracy, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, there are a few managers at mid level who care

    Cons

    Leadership at the top changes every three years. Every year the overarching hope is that things will get better and leadership with scruples will be assigned to the organization. Hasn't happened.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the needs of the employees instead of your own agenda.


  6. "Fed gov"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of people to work with and for. A lot of days off for holidays and other reasons of course.

    Cons

    A lot of politics among people that work for the government. A lot of people with too much time on their hands.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the favoritism and office politics. The higher the level of manager, the more pertinent this is of course.


  7. "Computer engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary, security and benefits and smart people

    Cons

    Needs to be self motivated
    Lot of bureaucracy
    Unfocused
    Waste

    Advice to Management

    Get involved and support your employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Vet Preference is Killing The Va"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You go there to sit on your butt and let life pass you by and you cant get fired.

    Cons

    I worked for the Gov for 10 years as a contractor. Vet Preference is killing government I have never seen so many incompetent human being

    Advice to Management

    Management is incompetent. Remember they do not fire dumb people they just promote them.


  9. "I find this institution to be completely inefficient"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great family/work life balance, flexible work schedules for working mothers

    Cons

    Promotions are rare, leadership is defunct

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on intelligence and abilities, not on favoritism.


  10. "IT Director of technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and leave policy, hard to get fired, ability to move around the country.

    Cons

    Bad leadership, poor earning potential, no raises, difficult to manage and lead people.


  11. "Custodial Position - Grossly overworked and underpaid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Custodian in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Custodian in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can honestly only come up with one, which is the fact that it was the only position hiring ( other than medical) during the lengthy hiring freeze.

    Cons

    First and foremost, is the fact that the crews are run by an unstable lead,( whose broken English is severe and instruction is almost impossible to understand), treacherous elements and insurmountable lack of professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new lead and pay appropriately for a labor position.


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