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U.S. Government Accountability Office Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated Nov 14, 2019

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Eugene Louis Dodaro
Eugene Louis Dodaro
120 Ratings
Pros
  • "good work-life balance and interesting variety of work(in 56 reviews)

  • "Great work products, smart people, great introduction to federal government issues(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work can move very slowly, and the organization is on the whole slow to change and risk-averse(in 13 reviews)

  • "Also, sometimes the work environment can be a bit slower(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Social Science Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work on really important policy issues. Work has impact. High amounts of autonomy. Great working environment. Collaborative. Smart people. Good leadership and strong union. Strong professional development program for young professionals. Pay for performance.

    Cons

    Human resources -- they never cease to amaze me, and not in a good way. Getting promoted takes longer than one might expect. Risk averse organization

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    U.S. Government Accountability Office2014-11-02
  2. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst 

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and very interesting work.

    Cons

    A lot of process - sometimes process over substance of you get placed with the wrong people.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-11-14
  3. "One of the better public sector careers"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance. Some genuinely smart people and some interesting projects

    Cons

    Slow pace of work, rigid top-down hierarchy, red tape

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-11-04
  4. "A highly respected agency"

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    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work products, smart people, great introduction to federal government issues

    Cons

    Performance management, opportunities for new hires are sometimes constrained

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-02-27
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good but could improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great flexibility and smart people

    Cons

    not much career progress and interesting work can be made boring because of the process

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2017-08-02
  6. "Well-run Government Agency"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Interesting work - Good training and development for staff - Smart people - Work/life balance - Solid top management

    Cons

    - Culture overvalues years of GAO experience - Promotion potential is limited

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    U.S. Government Accountability Office2015-04-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I got wonderful training at GAO, worked with smart people, and contributed meaningfully to making government work better. Work-life flexibilities are amazing!

    Cons

    The work processes are slow....very slow.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2015-01-12
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Alright - smart people. Passive aggressive environment"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office

    Pros

    Flex time - good work life balance (if you push for it) - generally smart people. Wide variety of topics.

    Cons

    Different mission teams have different dynamics. A lot of competitive personalities w/out people skills.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2015-01-07
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good for learning research and writing skills, but"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) Smart people 2) Great benefits 3) Flexible schedule/good work-life balance

    Cons

    1) Limited career mobility (i.e. promotions) 2) Projects last on average about a year. You can get stuck on something that doesn't interest you. 3) Little control over the projects on which you are posted. They place you wherever you are needed 4) Limited creativity

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    U.S. Government Accountability Office2013-10-07
  10. "Smart people, slow pace"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people, great training programs, and interesting subject matter (if you are lucky enough to get assigned to a report on a subject that interests you).

    Cons

    Very slow pace, hard to distinguish yourself, hard to effect institutional change.

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    U.S. Government Accountability Office2013-09-18
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