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Updated March 16, 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. "Program manager"

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    Current Employee - Unit Secretary in Gastonia, NC
    Current Employee - Unit Secretary in Gastonia, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady check
    All holidays paid
    Good retirement
    Abundant opportunities
    Interesting people

    Cons

    Poorly trained managers
    Does not adhere to own policies

    Advice to Management

    Train better. Too many in leadership positions due to called in favors and other unethical reasons. Put higher educational requirements on those in leadership positions.


  2. "Civilian"

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    Former Employee - Tasker in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Tasker in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job Security is always a great benefit

    Cons

    Political and no accountability for senior leaders

    Advice to Management

    Vote democrat


  3. "50/50"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    better job security than most

    Cons

    bureaucratic, political, stove piped, hard to get things done

    Advice to Management

    cut through the old processes and multiple layers, do your job and don't focus on politics and your next promotion


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  5. "IT Security Project Manager, Architect"

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    Current Employee - IT Security Project Manager, Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Security Project Manager, Architect in Washington, DC

    Pros

    One of the best agencies to work.

    Cons

    Cannot stay competitive salary with private industry.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Lead"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Edwards AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Edwards AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Stable, low risk, educational opportunities

    Cons

    Stagnent salaries, Bureaucratic nightmare, system full of red tape,

    Advice to Management

    Just because they are you fair haired boy or girl. If your staff is bailing to the point you need a rotating door - then Houston you have Problem


  7. "Deputy Director"

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    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.


  8. "STEM Worker"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work flexibility and hours are second to none. Lots of holidays, and it's very acceptable to take leave. Few demands on time outside of work.

    Cons

    Well below market pay, high contributions to a mediocre retirement plan. Little upward mobility and bureaucracy. Little or no recognition of good work, and very prescribed advancement paths.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously revamp recruitment efforts and at least try to compete with private sector.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love the work but stuck! Good for those who want to put in 8 hrs with good benefits and decent pay, but not much else."

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    Current Employee - Facilities Operations Specialist in Celina, TN
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations Specialist in Celina, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great programs and wonderful service opportunities with the Feds. I work at a national trout fish hatchery. We do work that makes our state partners and citizens of our state very happy, and it's very rewarding knowing that my work truly makes a difference in communities, but that's the only positive I can think of.

    Cons

    Leadership from the immediate supervisor, to the program level, to the regional divisional leaders, to the regional administration level, and to the national directorate level is non existent for the operation I'm involved in. The closest thing to a leader and motivator I have for the great work I'm involved in is the support of the taxpayer for the product I help produce, and the state partners who run the larger program who appreciate and understand our work. But w/i our own agency, there is absolutely no positive voice or operational support, understanding, motivational words, or encouragement. Never; it doesn't happen. We get told indirectly that we are "low priority" for our service, yet are high priority with respect to the American people, so it's very contradictory and disconcerting to have support of Congress and the American people but not our own agency that has continually tried to shutter our operation across the nation.

    As a seven-year, Service veteran with the USFWS, I have realized my superior talents and abilities in the field I work in and know how to make such an operation work better and how to provide much improved leadership for fellow employees and know how to make such an operation much more productive and cost effective for the taxpayer and fellow workers, and so am motivated to move up the ladder to serve a more important role for our citizens and co-workers, but there are no opportunities and nothing but dead ends, as I'm expected to stay where I am and just keep following along with very limited guidance in an inefficient operation.

    Advice to Management

    Require station supervisors to have "real" IDPs and a way forward for good employees who want to do more to serve and quit pencil whipping these documents to make their jobs easy. Require operational and career leadership at all levels in the fisheries division, instead of just letting everything run itself. It seems as though leaders get paid for budget and accounting control and ensuring mandatory training is accomplished, meeting with state partners, and that's it. They don't talk to us, don't support what we do, nor do they show any passion for the work. All subordinates, at all levels need these things from supervisors. They don't happen at our fish hatchery and beyond.


  10. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of work and steady pay

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, uneven work load, poor support

    Advice to Management

    Get managers that will manage


  11. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work, room for growth

    Cons

    bureaucracy, politics, and health insurance costs

    Advice to Management

    n.a


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