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Federal Government Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  • Lower pay than in private sector (in 35 reviews)

  • Long hours long days something new everyday (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "grants manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Grants Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Grants Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good environment and good staff, kind HR

    Cons

    less flexible and hard to move on


  2. "Health System Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Health Systems Specialist in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Health Systems Specialist in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many different jobs. You can change jobs without l.osing your tenure. You can get a lot of training. You can travel the world

    Cons

    If you get a bad boss, there is not much you can do but wait until s/he leaves, and hope that the focus does not turn on you. After 9 great years, I got one of those, and he tried to fire me.

    Advice to Management

    Get the employee to help write up their own 5-year plan and use it in the annual review to give them more incentives.


  3. "General Engineer"

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    Current Employee - General Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent salaries and better than average benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of quality in management; can be very political

    Advice to Management

    Show some empathy.


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  5. "Fed Post"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    job security and bonus for good performance

    Cons

    limited exposure to new technology


  6. "Deputy Office Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential for mobility for some

    Cons

    Complicated, at times imbalanced, and inappropriately assigned salary/promotion structures for career staff


  7. "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Stable check regardless of work ethic

    Cons

    Some people get a check regardless of thei work ethic.


  8. "Computer Manager"

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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

    Pros

    Good place to work with good people

    Cons

    more with less is less


  9. "Computer Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers that tend to be high caliber and supportive. Interesting assignments that can be challenging. Vacation leave and sick leave are very good. Employer matching investment contribution is a plus.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis placed on process control, scheduling, training and security to the point of harassment. Salary is about 15% below what it should be. Difficult to transfer to another position. Performance reviews are subjective, abrasive and unrealistic. The infrastructure and buildings are rather bland, dated and worn.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employee contribution. Keep eye on the big picture. Provide guidance and be flexible. Avoid being misled by internal pettiness.


  10. "Financial Management Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Good location. National Mall.

    Cons

    Too much down time. Workflow constraints


  11. "Multimedia Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, promotion can be tricky.



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