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Updated Sep 22, 2021

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4.2
84%
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88%
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
187 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent work-life balance; nice working environment; high impact in public health; job security(in 84 reviews)

  • "Meaningful contributions to public health(in 42 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low pay that’s the only com everything else is great(in 18 reviews)

  • "Getting in is the hard part (the hiring process is painful)(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Leadership. Great Mission

      Sep 22, 2021 - ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow in Silver Spring, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good team environment. Healthy work-life balance.

      Cons

      ORISE Fellows do not receive government benefits. Loan payments don't count towards PSLF. No retirement plans offered.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great

      Sep 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent opportunity and learned a lot in this position.

      Cons

      Only issue was parking at the facility

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      great boss colleagues but heavy workload

      Aug 25, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing support from you fellow colleagues, manager. Everyone is super nice and pleasant to work with.

      Cons

      I was on boarded during pandemic workload is absolutely Massive. You need to be good with the deadlines and be willing to work around the clock. Salary is actually not bad when you consider other benefits of a federal employee.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good support structure

      Aug 7, 2021 - FDA Consumer Safety Officer in College Park, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The agency consists of talented multidisciplinary and diverse teams committed to promoting public health and service. The staff is committed to its work and often goes beyond the call of duty.

      Cons

      Some employees who have been with the agency for a while are sometimes promoted to management. A seasoned employee does not always equate to a good manager. Selection criteria for who reaches management levels should be revised and updated.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Lead Reviewer

      Sep 13, 2021 - Lead Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work life balance and hours, good management

      Cons

      Systems used are outdated, not fully remote

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Overall a great place

      Sep 17, 2021 - Regulatory Health Project Manager in Silver Spring, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The work is truly mission driven and you feel it with everything you do. Overall the work culture is committed to a work-life balance.

      Cons

      Salaries not comparable to the private sector and room for upward growth is slow.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to learn

      Aug 17, 2021 - Reviewer in Silver Spring, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      No better place to learn regulatory science of the most cutting edge therapies. Pension Rock solid stable employment even during economic downturns. Work from home even before covid

      Cons

      Massive workload. People work insane hours and even during weekends. The number of submissions is absolutely overwhelming and exponentially increasing. Salaries are low compared to industry, but they aren't they bad. Not much you can do...govt will always pay less.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great flexibility and salary.

      Sep 3, 2021 - Program Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Workplace flexibility, job stability, and clear growth potential.

      Cons

      Subject to shutdowns if Congress can not pass budget in time.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Work

      Sep 1, 2021 - Staff Fellow in White Oak, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      work/life balance, stability, great management

      Cons

      shutdowns due to congressional shenanigans, making your science fit into the mission

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Poor Management With No Promotional Opportunities

      Sep 18, 2021 - Consumer Safety Officer in Maitland, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fed job with retirement benefits.

      Cons

      Hostility towards other cultures. Promotions given to only one type.

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