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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2019

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration CEO Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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  • "low pay, very difficult to advance and contracts are unstable(in 12 reviews)

  • "Getting in is the hard part (the hiring process is painful)(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice staff, great culture

    Cons

    Unpaid, huge facility, can't uber from the inside

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-03-04
  2. "Science leadership handcuffed by Administrative Burden"

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    Current Employee - Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fantastic breadth of interesting applied science. Exposure to the greatest new discoveries across the world in medicine, vaccines, devices, etc.

    Cons

    Administrative burdens, HR, position development and recruitment stifled by extreme bureaucratic procedures that seem to change regularly. Purchasing and budget processes are impossible to deal with straightforwardly.

    Advice to Management

    Push HR process to those with responsibilities to do so. Set expectations as partners not negative, constantly changing and inaccessible incompetent and entitled Gs 13/14 while forcing the MD/PhD managers to do YOUR jobs!

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-19
  3. "IT Project Management"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in White Oak, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You feel that your work have a real impact on public health. Ability to telework and decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to market rate if you are actually technically capable, most people in IT department lean towards project management rather than technical. Large and bureaucratic organization that is slow to change. FTE subject matter experts often ignored as managers have little technical expertise resulting in an environment where the presentation skill is valued over actual competence.

    Advice to Management

    Promote base on measurable outcomes/results instead of salesperson skills.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-25
  4. "Consumer Safety Officer"

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    Former Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Miami Lakes, FL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Public Service Opportunity for all people

    Cons

    Significant Travel involved would be the chief con

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-09
  5. "Working at FDA"

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    Current Employee - Division Director in Silver Spring, MD
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding to be a public servant, make impactful decisions. Surrounded by dedicated and experienced scientists.

    Cons

    Pay is stagnant and low compared to industry for high qualified PhDs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on diverse hiring and compensation.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-09
  6. "Great govt agency"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst 
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work life balance and salary and advancement opportunkties

    Cons

    As with most large organizations the area you work in with largely determine your experience

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-03
  7. "Not a job to find purpose, but a job you can be content with"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, fast promotions, holidays off, easy to request leave, minimal supervision

    Cons

    Incredibly bureaucratic, management irrational, hard work goes unnoticed, problems discovered in the field rarely goes enforced, have to work 5-10 years before you get a high level position, transfers are hit and miss,

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent, build better working relationships with employees, respect and reward employee efforts

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-11
  8. "Conducting inspections of Medical Device companies."

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    Current Employee - Consumer Safety Officer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to travel the world and learn. Earning and taking time off isn’t frowned upon.

    Cons

    Doesn’t pay close to what out counter parts in private industry gets paid. Have to basically move to DC if you want a promotion.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-05-25
  9. "Great job, love what I do"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Engaging job, excellent work environment

    Cons

    long distance to travel, heavy work load

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-04-18
  10. "FDA review"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at U.S. Food and Drug Administration full-time

      Pros

      work life balance is good

      Cons

      lack of growth was the problem

      U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-04-30
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