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Federal Government Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  • occasional overly ambitious person just marking time to leverage for a job in the private sector (in 41 reviews)

  • Often work long hours and must be available 24/7 depending on national situations (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    job security and consistent routine work environment

    Cons

    limited opportunity in a task oriented flat organization


  2. "Medical Officer"

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    Current Employee - Physician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Physician in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Public Service; open nature of work

    Cons

    Bureauracy and looking at process vs outcome

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees

  3. "Nice job if you can get it."

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

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Although the private sector may get paid more for most careers, the benefits alone are worth it.

    Cons

    The federal government gets a bad rap for doing nothing and getting paid. For some employees, that may be true. But for the most part, we are hard working individuals that earn our pay.

    Advice to Management

    Flex time for employees.


  4. "Attorney"

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

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Great hours and flexibility, reasonable compensation though obviously less than private sector, public service and sometimes meaningful work.

    Cons

    Difficult to work in bureaucracy, advancements not merit-based, work is affected by changes in administrations.

    Advice to Management

    Fight bureaucracy.


  5. "Good career, simply time to move on"

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

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Travel, benefits, wide range of opportunities

    Cons

    Low pay to start is biggest con


  6. "excellent job benefits, strong sense of purpose"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    strong sense of purpose in my agency, went beyond just a job to a strong desire to expand educational opportunities

    Cons

    manager expected me to read his mind, under republican administration it was scary and some people were treated badly

    Advice to Management

    train your managers


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    location - great access from downtown

    Cons

    worked insane hours with no pay

  8. "Highly recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Lots of resources, highly recommended

    Cons

    Few job openings for remaining in the system after training


  9. "For the most part it’s ok"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Fort Benning, GA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Fort Benning, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Holidays off, 3 or 4 day weekends, alternate work schedule, very little overtime, earnable comp time. Raises every year. 30 days earned vacations each year. 59 min rule! Veterans preference

    Cons

    Raises aren’t a lot. There are a lot of cliques. For some jobs it’s who you know, not what you know. Lots of turnover from people moving


  10. "U.S Government"

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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

    Excellent benefits and opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    There is favoritism and to excel you have to be in the club.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right managers who truly care about the organization and not just their individual agendas.


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