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National Transportation Safety Board Reviews

Updated January 4, 2017
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  1. "Started a bit shaky, ended extremely strong."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Student Trainee (Office Automation)(Computer Clerk) in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Student Trainee (Office Automation)(Computer Clerk) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Transportation Safety Board as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was extremely friendly.
    Location in DC was great, with nearby access to buses and trains.
    All of the managers and higher ups were very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable.
    As a government agency, a transit subsidy was provided for the day to day commute.

    Cons

    Working details out with HR was a bit difficult at times.
    It took awhile for documents to go in and be signed (but hey, it's the government) for interns to be approved to start working and so forth.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps work more with HR in regards to onboarding, at least for interns. Also, try to get move involved with the Pathways program and working with all of the interns.


  2. "Safety first"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The NTSB is the independent Federal agency that investigates accidents in all modes of transportation and makes recommendations to prevent those accidents from re-occurring. An agency Highly professional and dedicated staff, there is true commitment to the mission of the agency. Almost everyone says that coming to work at the NTSB was a "dream job". The agency was rated in the top 10 of the best small agencies to work at. The agency is widely respected for being a truth teller about the safety issues in transportation, which is sometimes an uncomfortable truth. But Capitol Hill and the media often seek out the advice of the agency. It is one of the few agencies that is widely respected on both sides of the aisle.

    Cons

    Like any other Federal agency, adequate resources is always a struggle. While management makes every effort to ensure that the staff have the adequate resources with which to accomplish the mission, it struggles to meet those needs with limited resources and working under short term funding. It is a top heavy agency, lots of GS-14 and GS-15's, so there are limited opportunities for advancement, particularly if you are interested in making it into the SES. That being said, there are excellent opportunities to learn and demonstrate those skills but you may have to leave the agency to gain that management/leadership opportunity.


  3. "another dead end government agency job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Investigator
    Current Employee - Senior Investigator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work with ~ some - not all - smart people. it's government - so you 'll never ever get fired- they keep even the biggest inept screw ups on board- forever. just hang around forever and just nod your head yes...and you'll retire from this place

    Cons

    as I wrote....the biggest inept screw ups run the place. people are NEVER promoted by merit- but by longevity. let's give Bob the promotion - he's been here forever, but Bob's a dunce...who cares- he's been here forever. bloated bureaucracy - with many many non essentials- who do what? a big mystery... this is why the government is so sluggish and screwed up.

    Advice to Management

    you can't hire good people if you don't pay them well....people will NOT move to DC for crap pay. management-keep collecting your paychecks and continue to do nothing productive....you've got a good gig at the tax payers expense.


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  5. "Contract Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work - one of the benefits of working at a smaller agency is you really feel that your contribution directly benefits the mission. Lots of smart people at the NTSB and many, many learning opportunities.

    Cons

    I get the impression that there has been some disagreement between senior managers on certain policies that have trickled down and are starting to affect the non-supervisors.


  6. "Management Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to support a valuable and interesting mission.

    Cons

    SES decisions of the past few years are political. Management lacks respect for rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Promote a more collaborative, respectful environment.


  7. "Admin. Asst."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Administrative Assistant in Lithonia, GA
    Former Employee - Regional Administrative Assistant in Lithonia, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Transportation Safety Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great opportunity for advancement in some offices

    Cons

    job descriptions are somewhat restrictive

    Advice to Management

    update job descriptions


  8. "Time to clean house - management level."

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    Former Employee - Investigator
    Former Employee - Investigator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Transportation Safety Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A chance to make a real difference in transportation safety -working with some very experienced -dedicated people~ all of which are NOT in management

    Cons

    WAY too political. Impossible to really make changes -as management is overly concerned with the political game. Management is - completely - inept and clueless. A very typical government agency with lifers who stay forever -collecting dust and do nothing. And then---there might be a sequester - and all shuts down. Brilliant.

    Advice to Management

    Completely clean the management house- get rid of the useless political appointees....uh their function is what? Oh ...it's collecting a - big - paycheck. The OPM -is another absurd byzantine hiring process. Hiring is too long/involved/convoluted and Kafkan....nutty. A once excellent agency has become another completely inert -stuck- clueless government organization.


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    "Great People, Iffy Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Transportation Safety Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The mission is totally terrific - we get to work on serious issues and events where what we find out often leads to real safety improvements, and the agency is well thought of externally. The staff is generally superb and highly motivated, and people like what they do. Not too many clockwatchers around - it's not that kind of job.

    Cons

    It's the government, so we're subject to all the current budgetary stupidity affecting everybody else, too. That isn't going to improve until Congress does, so don't hold your breath. Promotions aren't always based on managerial talent - laying low and keeping your nose clean works pretty well, as does avoiding making any controversial decisions. Because it is a small agency largely staffed by technical specialists, there isn't a lot of opportunity to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Possession of a good coating of Teflon is not necessarily a managerial benefit. The staff knows who has leadership talent - you might consider soliciting their opinions once in a while before moving someone up to a position where they can really cause problems by avoiding tough decisions and delegating most of their work to somebody else.


  10. "Great Government Experience, got to meet people from various divisions."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - STEP Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - STEP Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Transportation Safety Board as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid job, very professional setting, got to meet with the Chairwoman, each member of the Board, CFO, CIO, VP, Judges & lawyers. There are intelligent people here who know what they are doing.
    I worked under the CIO and had to catalog, deploy, and assign electronics. As an intern I acted as the go to guy for blackberry renewals, laptop help tickets, 4G aircards, and other ad hoc work. I worked there for 2 summers and had a great time getting to know the people. As an intern I was getting paid 14.65 before tax. There are a few older workers who know what they are talking about. Getting to know them was a great advantage to making the experience worth it. Talking to them about hte security protocols, safety structures, and more was what I needed to add to my daily drone work.

    Cons

    There are a fair share of average workers who get by. This can be frustrating at times, but it is the nature of government positions. Some days would drag on for hours on end. If your supervisor does not have work for you to do, then it will drive you crazy. Sitting in a room although you are getting paid is straight torture if you are looking for some sort of intellectual stimulation.

    Advice to Management

    Having a project for the entirety of the summer internship is crucial to making it work while.


  11. "The reputation exceed the actuality"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Work with egg heads-- interesting work-- intellectually stimulating and the desire to make a difference in safety.

    Cons

    Management is inert and clueless. No SOP- just figure it out. Way too political. And it's government- get the drift? We're all protecting our tenure and job....let's not rock the boat.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leaders- dynamic leaders- who are aware and communicate with all departments. Leaders who stand up to the political pressure-- otherwise-this agency will slowly continue to become just another molasses movement government agency.