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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Washington DC Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2019

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration CEO Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
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  1. "Good environment, slow pace"

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

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

    Pros

    The environment is great, everyone is passionate about what they're doing, and the campus has a lot to offer (Farmer's market Tuesdays, Thursday concerts on the quad, free gym, free parking, beautiful campus, lots of food options, facilities are updated regularly and technology is relatively new)

    Cons

    Pace of work can be slow, depending on department, if you're not involved with many projects, it can take a while to get into the swing of things.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-06-20
  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. "Working at FDA"

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    Current Employee - Division Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    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
  4. "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
  5. "Good place to work if you like research"

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      Former Employee - Orise Fellow in Silver Spring, MD

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

      Pros

      Productive and laid back research environment.

      Cons

      Not much industrial connections.

      U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-04-12
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      "You Better be a SCIENTIST"

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      Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Washington, DC
      Neutral Outlook

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

      Pros

      Telework, commute options, nothing else

      Cons

      Limited growth, PMAP bias

      U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-04-11
    • "Exposure to a variety of R&D"

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      Current Employee - Statistician 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 8 years

      Pros

      flexible work environment, pleasant colleagues, exposure to various research areas

      Cons

      Many administrative requirements that are a colossal waste of time, little opportunity to attend scientific conferences, professional mentoring can be hit or miss

      Advice to Management

      Encourage professional development, enhance mentoring opportunities

      U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-03-11
    • "FDA - CDRH"

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        Former Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at U.S. Food and Drug Administration for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Good camaraderie and group to work. They allow people to telecommute.

        Cons

        Management was not truthful regarding problems with the contract and I assume it was like that because I was a contractor.

        U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-03-06
      • "This is a truly awful division"

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        Current Employee - Mathematical Statistician in Silver Spring, MD
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        None. Not even (free) time to try to get another position.

        Cons

        Management spends their time mostly on their own research. They pay little attention to marketing applications from companies. So, if you are one of the unlucky ones who has to do your main responsibility of reviewing marketing applications, you will be working 80 hour weeks to offset the lucky ones who do mostly research. You will also be regarded poorly by management because you don't do independent research. It's...

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        Advice to Management

        Eliminate 75% of the "managers" (responsible managers, various directors, team leaders, branch chiefs). They are overpaid and unneeded for the mission of protecting public health. Their main deliverable appears to be making comments in meetings. I think that can done (probably better) by Google search without wasting tax payers' money.

        U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-03-17
      • "Amazing place to learn and make friends"

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        Current Employee - Economic Analyst in College Park, MD
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

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

        Pros

        I am in the Office of Planning, and the staff here are mostly economists with a PHD degree. Being someone who is still is undergraduate degree program, there are definitely a lot of pressure. However, everyone is so nice and helpful here. Some people are even willing to go for the extra miles just to help you succeed. Very enjoyable working place

        Cons

        Interns of course don't get paid, but that's expected in the federal government. So no complaints

        Advice to Management

        Keep it up!

        U.S. Food and Drug Administration2019-02-07
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