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U.S. General Services Administration Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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  • So much red tape when it comes to hiring employees (in 15 reviews)

  • Lower salary than private sector (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, progressive practices (like telework)

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and not enough recognition of those who work hard. Like much of government, it is hard to be the best because of the red tape.


  2. "Retired and loving it"

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    Former Employee - Building Management Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Building Management Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, on going training, including ethics

    Cons

    Organizational culture is horrible, buddy buddy system when it comes to promotions

  3. "Good if you just want a job. Bad if you want an exciting career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time

    Pros

    Alternative work schedules, telework, ample vacation time.

    Cons

    Outdated and disparate IT systems takes many wasted hours during a week to navigate. Low motivation and innovation from the typical employee and manager. Year end bonuses are rare and can range from a few extra hours of annual leave to 1-3% of your annual salary. Lack of individualized performance plans. Lack of visionary leadership.


  4. "Poor management, good benefits and job stability"

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health, travel, and and retirement benefits are above average. Work schedule is very flexible, telework and compressed schedules are the norm.

    Cons

    Managers are not prepared to do the job when promoted. Most are only "acting" which means you essentially have two direct supervisors. In every position I have been in, the message from senior leadership has been, "we have no money for raises or training," while they rate me as exceeding expectations every year.

    Management has acknowledged that employee development is a major source of dissatisfaction, but continues to reallocate training funds to pay for virtual employees to return to Central office every quarter.


  5. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for the Federal Government allows for a change in job while retaining or increasing your wage rate and benefits

    Cons

    GSA several years ago go was investigated for a conference in Las Vegas and since training and attending conferences have been limited

    Advice to Management

    GSA needs to higher more college grads and bring down the average age


  6. "Facility Managemeny"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work - life balance. Lots of hands on work.

    Cons

    As with most government agencies, there are plenty of rules and regulations.


  7. "Program Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible work schedules, government benefits, growth opportunities

    Cons

    slower than private sector companies, not a lot of on the job perks (government can't even provide employees with water or coffee)

  8. "Project Manager at GSA"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Highly motivated peers and managers interspersed among "Government Lifers." Opportunity to work on high profile projects.

    Cons

    Government pace is always a little slow and encumbered by red tape


  9. "Flexible for family time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Building Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Building Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work a 9/80 schedule (with every other Friday off).
    No weekends or holidays
    Amazing health benefits!

    Cons

    Lower salary than private sector


  10. "Government at its finest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at U.S. General Services Administration full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, Location, Benefits, Great people to work with, 40 hour work week

    Cons

    Pace of work, locations vary wildly in terms of quality, as the federal government becomes more lean, its often hard to fill vacancies

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management,


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