I worked with a friendly and co-operative staff who respected my work ethics. My job required little supervision as I was very organized and efficient. The staff depended on me and I was able to fulfill the required tasks when asked.
Sometimes the work load got a little overwhelming, and requesting help was out of the question.
I have been working at National Telecommunications and Information Administration full-time (More than a year)
Fantastic benefits and work life balance. Decent pay.
Horrible HR, and slow pace of advancement.
Good Starting pay. Flexibility in choosing what projects you want to work on. Opportunities even for new employees to propose their own research projects. Healthy life/work balance. Good benefits and relatively cheap health care. Funding to continue your education; whether just taking classes or working towards a higher or additional degree (as long as applicable to work).
Having to deal with bureaucracy and politicians who have no idea or understanding about the engineering or research that you do. Low salary caps. Some competition for funding. The amount of money to live in Boulder where I work far exceeds any salary I could make working at NTIA/ITS. The building is very outdated and there are frequent asbestos warnings during maintenance.
Advice to Management
The management is done really well. I respect all the people currently in charge. My only advice would be to fight the politicians to raise or pay ceilings to reflect inflation and the cost of living here.
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- many challenging/interesting learning experiences
-exposure to federal processes
- really helpful and encouraging staff
-many different oppurtunities and projects
- very active internship
- intern activities
-only compensation for transportation is not enough if you live past a certain point
Work with some very accomplished scientists
Gain experience on expensive RF measurement equipment
Grow your skills
Take time off whenever you want
20 vacation days per year, 13 sick days per year, 10 holidays per year
Very flexible schedule
Possibility to publish work
Great location in Boulder
Skills you learn are valuable mainly to Government - don't transfer to industry easily
Employees must compete with management
Management takes most interesting and visible projects for themselves
Management completely uninterested in your career
Management threatened by those with more education or credentials
Management will undermine your career if you're deemed a "threat"
Upper management fully supports management
Some coworkers produce absolutely NOTHING, yet consume resources on projects
Management refuses to deal with unproductive employees (mainly because it would detract from their own technical work and won't gain them recognition)
Upper management refuses to acknowledge any problems exist in the organization
Health insurance is expensive
People at "Headquarters" in DC are EXTREMELY inept, clueless, and untrustwory
Lots of waste & inefficiencies
Advice to Management
Focus on something besides growing your own careers.
Don't be so intimidated by employees who have skills and are competent
Work can be interesting, or it can be boring depending on your interests and the projects they have currently.
I enjoyed my experience and time there. Work pace was slower than I expected.
I learned from the pros everything about the industry. Other employees were always able to answer my questions and explain things to me. I made great contacts that will last for years to come.
This was an unpaid internship, but I was fortunate enough to be able to afford to work here.
I worked at National Telecommunications and Information Administration full-time
Interesting policy assignments and decent lifestyle choice. Good place to gain valuable experience and learn about telecommunications
Very staid management and very bureaucratic workplace that is slow to adapt and change. Not likely to change much in the near future.
Healthy environment good knowledge , decrease the gap. Between theoretical study and business need
Not to be mentioned, except routine
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