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Federal Government Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  • occasional overly ambitious person just marking time to leverage for a job in the private sector (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1. "Excellent experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being part of the spirit of the country. Comradery. As an AF retiree, still working with the military and DoD. Benefits.

    Cons

    Term position not converted to permanent as had been indicated by prior leadership. Changing leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the spirit and 'team' work environment.


  2. "mid-level manager"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Investigator in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    job security, benefits, pension, peers, management

    Cons

    lack of bonuses, yearly inflation compensation, competitiveness with private sector, bureaucracy

  3. "employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are very good

    Cons

    No personal privacy really sucks

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Mid-Career Worker"

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    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time

    Pros

    Stability, training and career paths, can work in a variety of locations, and fulfilment.

    Cons

    Limited Compensation opportunities and slow developing career


  5. "Happy Government worker: you can't "support veterans" and then tell them how worthless they are as federal employees!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are always opportunities to do new things and learn new jobs. The pay and benefits are also good as well as coworkers.

    Cons

    Being denigrated by the politicians and subject to their infighting is a real drag.

    Advice to Management

    Show the public the quality of people who actually work for the federal government: we are extremely educated, motivated, and dedicated to public service... not lazy wastes of tax dollars. It is so frustrating. Sometimes, in between big jobs, I do get a little bored.


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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Long career with Federal Government"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Nolensville, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Nolensville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security, advancement potential, breadth of experiences. Access to a wide variety of knowledge that is not available to the general public. Excellent benefits, ability to move between different federal government agencies relatively easily while transferring all benefits. Relocation potential either within an agency or through transfer to a different federal government agency Paid relocation is available only with transfer at existing agency.

    Cons

    Bonuses are performance based and very subjective to whether you have a good supervisor, limited and small dollar amounts. They will not exceed $2500/year unless you reach Senior Executive Service (SES) status.

    Advice to Management

    I am in senior management, not SES. I would suggest other managers treat their people well but I think that is already the case, in the majority of situations..

  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security and great benefits

    Cons

    Lower pay than industry and it is difficult to get rid of slackers


  9. "Contract Linguist"

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    Former Employee - Contract Linguist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Contract Linguist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job as long as Congress not to cut budget, having the professional working enviroment

    Cons

    No ladder to climb up to higher ranks

    Advice to Management

    Using real talent, team player


  10. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serving my country by working with Army families.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and poor guidance.


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