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NCUA Reviews

Updated August 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible work schedule, your supervisor makes or breaks the job" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Good work life balance and salary" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "dont find anything materially wrong) you will pass the PE test and be just fine" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Most employees eat time just to close exams on time" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCUA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, laid back atmosphere, paid federal holidays

    Cons

    Very hard to become a federal employee. Contract up to 3 years with no medical or retirement benefits.


  2. "Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work from home or on site.

    Cons

    The frequent travel can take a toll on your personal life

  3. "Too much travel"

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

    I have been working at NCUA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, your supervisor makes or breaks the job.

    Cons

    Travel 75% of the tkme

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and honest. Be the support for the field like you’re supposed to be.


  4. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Examiner
    Former Employee - Examiner
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits & reasonable salary
    Nice people

    Cons

    Credit union supervision can be (frequently is) a joke. The NCUA: The Credit Union Industry's Best Friend (and chief prudential regulator)
    Plenty of 'lifers' on career cruise control

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you are a regulator and not an industry advocate. Credit unions can, and do, engage in unscruplious behavior (just like banks).


  5. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCUA full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and salary

    Cons

    Lack of communication and direction.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not the Same NCUA: Buyer Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Credit Union Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Credit Union Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Compensation and Benefits Package
    Many positions allow for great autonomy with flexible work schedule
    Many great people are still trapped (work) there
    Willing to allow on-the-job training for many new hire, mission-essential positons

    Cons

    Small govt agency, so a lot of nepotism and favoritism determines promotions
    Agency is not very visible and many positions are very specialized, so skills obtained there might not be very transferable in private industry
    Credit union industry on a consistent downward trend with the number of mergers of natural-person credit unions increasing every year (i.e. if you have less than five years in with this agency, it might behoove you to go to another financial institution regulatory agency like FDIC or CFPB, another federal agency, or private industry in order to remain viable and marketable as an employee)
    Management only wants to listen to the voices in their heads and do not value the input of their employees (aside from the cronies, of course)
    Certain members of middle and executive management do not trust their team members to perform their jobs and want to micro manage
    Due to the specialization of certain positions and the inflexible nature of some in mgmt., once you are in a particular position or career track, they might not want or let you try something else
    Some in management and the executive ranks do not want to invest anything in continuing education once you have maxed out your career promotion ladder, so staying current on your skillset can become a challenge
    Certain position require extensive travel which can burn you out over time
    As is typical in the federal government, everything is based on seniority and not merit or job performance

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and start to actually value their opinions (i.e. consider something other than the voices in your head)
    Allow for opportunities for everyone for continuing education and merit promotions, not just your favorites or whoever is related to the executive director or some supervisory examiner who retired 20 years ago


  7. Helpful (9)

    "NCUA Examiner"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the PE's, DE's, and specialists are fantastic people.

    Cons

    The NCUA is a place for people who do not really want to do the job they are hired for. If you play the game, and perform "surface" exams (i.e. dont find anything materially wrong) you will pass the PE test and be just fine. If you actually review the instutions, maybe have a clue how to perform a G/L review, and maybe find fraud, you might get targeted by not only your SE, but the Regional office. I say this because credit union's are decaying, and NCUA leadership, from the top down, need to justify their jobs. If you really want to be a regulator, go FDIC, OCC, SEC, and Fed Reserve.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. RD's, ADRP's, ARDO's - all of you are basically worthless. None of you have any discipline, honor, or duty to support your examiners.

  8. "Junior Graphic Designer"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledge on Credit Unions, Government and how creating more visuals make a huge impact. Being creative in a structure environment is challenging but if you can do it you can make anything work.

    Cons

    Some issues on working as a team throughout different departments; troubles with time management when working between departments. Limited ways to be creative to help awareness of NCUA.

    Advice to Management

    When talented high school/college students come through the door, it would be best to try and keep them. Remember that what your doing now will affect future young adults trying to find a job. Especially if your trying to reach out to more millennial's or go into a more thriving agency that is well known by millennial's. Need to move away from paper, and into the 21st century. Digital things, updated computers will help efficiency as well help budget in the long run.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Credit Union Examiner"

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    Former Employee - Credit Union Examiner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Credit Union Examiner in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at NCUA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn all about auditing/examining financial institutions. Great first job out of college.

    Cons

    Abusive Supervisory Examiner and higher management at the Region III (Atlanta, GA) office. Women and minorities are generally treated better than men in non-management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep tabs on Supervisory Examiners as they have too much authority.


  10. "NCUA Austin, TX"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Easy access to top managers and executives. Fast-paced. Work is appreciated.

    Cons

    Small organization, can be limiting in career growth.