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U.S. Government Accountability Office Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Nov 3, 2019

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U.S. Government Accountability Office CEO 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. "Definitely great place to start career as recent graduate"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office

    Pros

    GAO does not use GS payscale. Pretty good pay raise after 2 years (as recent graduates) AMAZING work/life balance, you get to choose your own schedule with approval or telework based on your job Free transit pass!

    Cons

    Sometimes it could be slow. Dress code - business casual Hard to move up after 2 years Rarely converts intern to full time - I understand it's based on budget and staffing needs.. but come on guys..

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2017-07-31
  2. "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
  3. "Good, if you enjoy the work"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of mentorship and training. Great work-life balance. There's considerable freedom to seek out policy topics that you're interested in -- if the federal govt is involved with it (and the federal govt is involved with basically everything) and you want to learn about it, you can eventually find a way to work on it. If you end up on a high-impact report, there can be a real sense of reward. My last report was... covered by the NYTimes, among other publications.

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    Cons

    The organization is extremely risk-averse, which means that reports that might otherwise be interesting are washed out to basically nothing in order to avoid rocking the boat ("something vague happened, more work should be done"), and techniques or technologies that were invented in the last three decades are deemed "too risky." This means that, while the Agency is a great place to work, there's the constant sense... that it's resigning itself to irrelevance. Also, it bears saying that if you don't like developing document trails, this isn't the place for you. Finally -- very slow promotion track. Once you get to Band II, there's the possibility of waiting a decade or more to get to Band III (Assistant Director), if it ever happens. Promotion moves too much more quickly elsewhere to justify hanging around.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to ARM -- takes risks and, for the love of God, retire all of the crappy technical products that come out of ISTS.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-09-23
  4. "Student traineeship"

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    Former Intern - Student Trainee 
    Recommends

    I worked at U.S. Government Accountability Office

    Pros

    I had a good experience there as a trainee/intern. I am also an advanced PhD student, where some interns were undergrads, so I was given more autonomy and money. The schedule is flexible and there is good work/life balance.

    Cons

    It's hard to learn all the agency rules in that short period of time.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-06-24
  5. "great place"

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

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

    Pros

    good work-life balance and interesting variety of work

    Cons

    bureaucratic and very process oriented

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-03-29
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    "Decent job, but definite drawbacks"

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    Current Employee - Analyst (Band I) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Reasonably flexible scheduling. Potentially meaningful work that can actually make a difference in federal policy. Generally good respect among employees. The agency has a larger proportion of younger employees than most federal agencies do.

    Cons

    - Promotion is slow and unreliable. They claim it's merit-based, but the process involves a lot of highly subjective judgment from managers. Management acknowledges that they have way more people who are qualified--and even "best qualified"--to be promoted, but not enough slots for promotion since they have specific numbers of people they want at each level. To be promoted, you basically have to be doing the next... level's job already, or have done it in the past. - They have no effective way of reliably rewarding strong performance other than an "award" that is basically a piece of paper with your name on it, or maybe an extra 4 hours of leave. - The pay is lower than it would be under the GS system. The annual "merit-based" raises are in the 1% range, which is worse than the GS system and lower than even a cost-of-living adjustment. - The agency's technology is outdated and unreliable. They keep saying they're rolling out newer technology, but they can't even keep the email working all the time. - The work is mind-numbingly slow and procedural. If you don't have a very, very high tolerance for reading, writing, and revising documentation, this is not the job for you. Don't expect creativity to bring creativity or innovation to this job.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more--you moved off the GS system so you could offer better pay, but now offer worse pay. Consider adding an extra pay band or two among the analysts so that early promotions are easier to come by and later promotions are harder.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2019-03-15
  7. "Good place to work, but pay does not keep pace with the rest of the government"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst (IIB) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong dedication to diversity and inclusion. Good work life balance. Important work.

    Cons

    Pay doesn't keep pace with the rest of the government.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people better

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2018-11-13
  8. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit package and work life balance

    Cons

    None to speak of now

    Advice to Management

    NA

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2018-10-03
  9. "PDP analyst"

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    Current Employee - 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 3 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance Interesting topics Mostly enjoyable team environment

    Cons

    No guatantee you’ll work in an area where you have experience Slow work pace

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2018-06-05
  10. "GAO is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - 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 a year

    Pros

    - really nice and intelligent co-workers - work/life balance is incredible - pays well compared to industry

    Cons

    - slow slow work environment - difficult to promote and run teams - government bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    - Find a way to get high performing employees on multiple report engagements.

    U.S. Government Accountability Office2018-03-20
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