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Office of Management and Budget Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Program Examiner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Program Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In the thick of policy in Washington DC. You learn a lot and quite quickly. They expect you to be smart and intelligent and to be able to solve a myriad of problems. Though, my division allows a good full year of "training" so I felt absolutely prepared. Dealing with individuals from the Domestic Policy Council, National Security Council, and at the Secretary level throughout the Administration, a really great job indeed.

    Cons

    There are some long days, especially during budget season (September - February). But if you have a good and understanding boss, you shouldn't have problems.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "PR Government Office"

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    Former Employee - State Public Assistance Coordinator in Celebration, FL
    Former Employee - State Public Assistance Coordinator in Celebration, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Office of Management and Budget (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work and time off balance.

    Cons

    They are not good at training their employees nor for their promotion, neither for their performance, they rather promote the employees for their affiliations.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great training ground, not for the 40+"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Experience at high level of government, fast-paced and interesting work

    Cons

    Youthful environment, management doesn't care about retention, lack of training opportunities


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn about a wide range of policy and program areas. Meetings with other branches and support offices, interaction with different policy councils are a great way to expand your network.

    Cons

    Budget season can test your ability to balance life and work, but it is a great window into management and oversight of the agencies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Inside view of the policy process"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Examiner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Examiner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, flat organization, intelligent co-workers, ability to influence important people

    Cons

    limited opportunities for management experience, overwhelming workload

    Advice to Management

    hire more staff


  7. "the best place to work, for serve this great country"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    a lot duty the best place to work, for serve this great country

    Cons

    a lot duty,ob ,stress and so on


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Smart People but Outdated Budget Process"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Examiner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Examiner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sharp colleagues and big influence with the federal agencies.

    Cons

    Outdated budget process fails to serve the modern Presidency or the public, stovepiping decisionmaking and compressing decisions with enormous economic implications into a few brief weeks each year.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside of the box and build a new structure for creating Federal budgets that draws on economics, cost-effectiveness, and best evidence for how the federal government can best partner with the private sector to support the economy and Americans' personal welfare.


  9. "Great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Get Me More in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Get Me More in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Office of Management and Budget full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    this place has the best benefits, you don't even have to work here

    Cons

    its hard to get into the organization

    Advice to Management

    have more open door sessions


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Be the Ultimate Washington Insider at OMB"

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

    Pros

    -Everyone's really smart and driven -- no dead weight to deal with.
    -Work on really important, pressing policy issues. Feel like you're having an impact.
    -Get to find out what's going to be in sensitive legislation, speeches, etc. before the papers do!
    -Never a dull moment -- you jump around from one multi-hour assignment to another, which keeps things interesting. The days fly by.
    -Staff are generally in their mid-20s to early-30s.
    -OMB experience is highly valued by practically every other employer in town.

    Cons

    -Can be kind of intense/stressful work environment. Burn-out rate is relatively high -- people either stay for like 3 years, or 30 (if they're lucky enough to get a quiet porfolio, they decide they don't want to have kids, or they have a stay-at-home spouse).
    -Work-life balance is not great. Hard to plan your personal life because can be stuck at work on assignments without notice. Expected to monitor your blackberry in the morning, at night, on weekends...

    Advice to Management

    -Encourage positive feedback from managers. A simple "nice job" email goes a long way.
    -Bring back the perks, and you'll have a happier workforce. What does a commemorative egg from the White House easter egg roll cost, $8??


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Wonderful smart people working crazy hours doing powerful work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    OMB is an experience in itself. In other federal agencies decisions made by an SES are made by a GS-13 or 14. The responsibility is vast, the resources are slim and everyone else is smarter then you. Your authority over federal agencies is beyond compare and the long term respect that you receive from others is substantial throughout your entire career for having worked at OMB.

    Cons

    Hours can be very long and deadlines and fire drills an come without any warning. Because it is such a lean organization, OMB managers can be technically sharp but fail to manage well resulting in some staff burnout. Ether people stay at OMB for 2 years or 20. Its just that kind of place.

    Advice to Management

    Work to increase the OMB budget to provide better salaries in order to retain top-notch talent.


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