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Federal Government Washington DC Reviews

Updated August 6, 2017
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Pros
  • The government offers great work/life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Job security, education is paid for life time friendships (in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary; great benefits; good opportunity for promotion; good pension plan; many location worldwide; good health benefits; great holiday time

    Cons

    There are some personnel issues.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure to reward personnel based on performance and merit.


  2. "Experienced Candidate"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, team players, and great management and staff.

    Cons

    Non team players, horrible environment and company has a bad rep.

  3. "Federal Government is a solid employer"

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

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

    Pros

    The federal government provides a great deal of job security and stability for career feds.

    Cons

    Sadley, poor leadership across the spectrum is impacting the organization's ability to truly be effective.

    Advice to Management

    Basic leadership skills are lacking. Training is needed by qualified professionals.


  4. "U.S. Federal Government"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment , tele-work ready, great mission , great retirement benefits, great internship programs for youth

    Cons

    Very boring, lack of promotion - no matter how much experience you have - especially for African Americans and women. Many managers have less experience - compared to employees who come in from the private sector. For women and people of color - don't recommend working here if you are smart, educated, a go-getter and desire career advancement. If you do come here- be sure to come in at a high grade because you may be stuck with your grade for several years.

    Advice to Management

    Stay current with best practices, engage fair hiring and promotion practices, motivate your teams, engage outside focus groups to receive exceptional feedback to help encourage "change."


  5. "Great benefits but lousy management"

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    Former Employee - Operations Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits! and Mission!

    Cons

    generally lousy management. bureaucracy and red tape--->need i say more?! risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    old-timers need to move on into the pasture!


  6. "Civilian side of DoD"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing professionals. Well schooled in high level policies and how to deal with inter and intragovernmental issues.

    Cons

    Lacking leadership skills and struggling to deal with people issues. At times, too concerned with pleasing people and deferring to their preferences vs taking a more mission-oriented approach.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stretch to learn leadership. Be willing to learn more and make the hard calls that focus on accomplishing the mission as a balance to a people-centric approach. Taking care of people does not mean entertaining all their whims.


  7. "Training Officer"

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    Former Employee - Training Officer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Training Officer in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with a variety of great instructors who enjoyed teaching.

    Cons

    Overly structured which stifled creativity and individuality.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees who have been doing their particular job for a good amount of time.

  8. "Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Consultant Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Federal Government as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Federal Government Contract Funding Sometimes Consistent

    Cons

    Federal Government Competitive Contracts Unregulated

    Advice to Management

    Review Personnel Capabilities


  9. "Good for the long-haul"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are mission oriented and want to do good.

    Cons

    Too much time spent on social activities to create a false sense of community.


  10. "Eh, Ok."

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Government full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job Security, Benefits, Retirement, Pay (if you make it high enough).

    Cons

    Complacency, Stagnant, Capped growth, Bureaucracy.


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