U.S. Food and Drug Administration Employee Reviews about "work life balance"
79% would recommend to a friend
(143 total reviews)
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Updated Dec 2, 2023
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- "Low salary compared to private sector jobs for similar knowledge and experience." (in 26 reviews)
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- 4.0Dec 14, 2021Research InternCurrent Intern, less than 1 yearJefferson, AR
-felt like you were the same level as the senior scientists and directors -down to earth environment -work life balance was really nice, 3:00PM people leave, latest people stay is 4:30PM. You can get in trouble if you stay past 6:00PM so they really emphasize work life balance.
-location is in the middle of nowhere because the facility use to be used for bioweapons -stipend was pretty low ($2200/month) but it was based off of undergraduate credit hours (32 credit hours) but Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors got around ($2700/month).
- 3.0Jun 25, 2019IT Project ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsWhite Oak, MD
You feel that your work have a real impact on public health. Ability to telework and decent work/life balance.
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.1
- 1.0Jun 15, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
- work from home flexibility (you will need this to maintain consistent mental health therapy sessions with your provider) - cafeteria, summer farmers' markets & Toastmaster clubs (some semblance of living) - free gym (to admire through the glass door as work/life balance is non-existent) - work with smart and talented teammates (a majority of which go unappreciated)
Center for Toxic Practice - Management instills an incredible toxic culture with micromanagement and abrasive personalities - Team members are incredibly unappreciated, misdirected and belittled - Praise occurs at leadership level only - with leaders climbing the ranks, accruing more promotions and padding one another's ego - Very difficult for career advancement unless you're a "preferred candidate" seen by management - Blunt and critical performance assessments that don't actually reflect what you do (but p.s. you don't even know what you do)
- 5.0Apr 20, 2021Compliance OfficerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsWashington, DC
Collegial, no drama, most employees are mission-driven and willing to put in extra work. Quality of life (Work/Life Balance) good. Mostly good management. Job security and some recognition.
Hard but interesting work. Compensation not very competitive.