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Updated January 10, 2017
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  1. "Management Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits and professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Constant changes and reorganizations within the agency


  2. "Project Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakton, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakton, VA

    I have been working at Fhfa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and ways to grow

    Cons

    Sink or swim environment...up to you if you want to be challenged


  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fhfa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work.
    Pay and Benefits
    Office Environment
    Very smart people/colleagues.

    Cons

    Small federal agency with very low turnover.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management, but Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Fhfa (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule
    Great Pay for government
    Depending on your department, there is the opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Disorganized Management
    Disorganized employee development
    Very Siloed/compartmentalized culture


  6. Helpful (1)

    "FHFA OIG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits and staff are outstanding.

    Cons

    There are unrealistic deadlines and the expectation that everything is an emergency.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Economist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenton, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Fhfa (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are above government average

    Cons

    Executives are captured by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Management spends all their time fighting for turf. Leadership is out to lunch and provides zero guidance because they don't seem to care. Staff are caught up in management and executive power struggles and suffer if their supervisors are not winning the turf battles. Key positions are allowed to go unfilled because executives don't care about the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and allow people who care about the job to take over


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Nope"

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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 Fhfa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The building is really nice. A lot of people are really friendly and on the surface it seems like the lower levels are a great bunch of people (for whatever reason, money perhaps, it attracts a good group of people who are really smart). There is so much potential if most of the people at the higher levels could retire or pass away.

    Cons

    Horrible managers and weak executives. The executives enable bad managers. Bad managers stay forever and collect even more benefits. There are a lot of bully bosses here so beware of them. In the end most of the managers are very insecure because they know the younger less paid staff are better then them and its really obvious.

    Advice to Management

    The very top management should straight up fire all the managers. Start over. Tabla raza.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    This agency has great pay and benefits that are second to none. There is so much potential for this agency but it's way off track. Most of the people are very brilliant and have a lot to offer. The building is nice, most people get their own office, and it's convenient being right above the metro station.

    Cons

    There is so much territorial fighting amongst the offices and so dysfunctional, even within certain offices. The GSE's seem to dictate what the agency does. There is also some misrepresentation regarding the job descriptions and other aspects. The agency claims to be supportive of teleworking but in reality managers are not accepting of it and seem to not understand how to manage teleworking so it doesn't really happen, other than on rare occasions.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth and disclose the true nature of the job and the resistance to teleworking. Also, stop letting the GSE's run the show. It should be the other way around before they put the housing market in the tank again.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Always has room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    high salary, generous benefits, worthy public mission, friendly colleagues, great location

    Cons

    cronyism, political appointees serve permanently as temporary heads of offices or divisions, little to no vertical movement, no 360 feedback to address poor management, people seem outspoken but don't stand up for what is right when the time is right, apathy preserves the status quo

    Advice to Management

    Ask what ground-level employees want, actually listen and then implement. Do not have everybody take "crucial conversations" courses yet do nothing about it or punish those who push for positive change or offer a voice of reason when the agency makes decision based on political leanings instead of data-driven facts. You are blessed with talent but do a very poor job at harnessing and promoting it. The federal surveys reflect a lack of improvement in many areas since DeMarco left. Focus on improving your own house then you can help others with theirs.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Attorney"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people and good benefits.

    Cons

    The GSES tell the agency what to do. Upper management is secretive, uniformed and ill-suited for the task of running the agency. Lots of infighting and incompetence among management.

    Advice to Management

    Step out from behind the curtin and listen to your employees; they are on the front lines and understand the issues better than you do.


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