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National Telecommunications and Information Administration Reviews

Updated November 4, 2016
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  1. "Dept. of Commerce Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work can be interesting, or it can be boring depending on your interests and the projects they have currently.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my experience and time there. Work pace was slower than I expected.


  2. "Great people, but a bureaucracy like any other"

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

    I have been working at National Telecommunications and Information Administration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and work life balance. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Horrible HR, and slow pace of advancement.


  3. "Program Assistant/Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant/Administraative Assistant in Bowie, MD
    Former Employee - Program Assistant/Administraative Assistant in Bowie, MD

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work load got a little overwhelming, and requesting help was out of the question.


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  5. "Engineer for Institute for Telecommunications Sciences in Boulder CO"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

    Pros

    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).

    Cons

    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.


  6. "Great Internships"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - many challenging/interesting learning experiences
    -exposure to federal processes
    - really helpful and encouraging staff
    -many different oppurtunities and projects
    - very active internship
    - intern activities

    Cons

    -not paid
    -only compensation for transportation is not enough if you live past a certain point


  7. "Great entry level experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    This was an unpaid internship, but I was fortunate enough to be able to afford to work here.


  8. "Good work, but mediocre management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Telecommunications and Information Administration full-time

    Pros

    Interesting policy assignments and decent lifestyle choice. Good place to gain valuable experience and learn about telecommunications

    Cons

    Very staid management and very bureaucratic workplace that is slow to adapt and change. Not likely to change much in the near future.


  9. "Great job for when you're ready to retire"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with some very accomplished scientists
    Gain experience on expensive RF measurement equipment
    Interesting work
    Interesting research
    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
    Steady paycheck

    Cons

    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


  10. "Network engineer"

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

    Pros

    Healthy environment good knowledge , decrease the gap. Between theoretical study and business need

    Cons

    Not to be mentioned, except routine