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US Patent and Trademark Office Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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  • Meeting production requirements on a bi-weekly schedule may be difficult at times (in 21 reviews)

  • Not being able to allow cases on top of multiple returns by your supervisor can make it impossible to meet production which leads to termination (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Not for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, ability to earn a lot of money but will require a lot of work and no life balance.

    Cons

    Stressful, all about production, learning patent law, some supervisor are not supportive

    Advice to Management

    Spend time training SPE how to how be manager


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to work if your SPE is a good manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    After passing the Patent Law Exam, work at home is available. Communication with management and peers facilitated by the latest conferencing products. All examining work is through proprietary programming. Good bonuses and Rapid advancement to GS14.

    Cons

    Lots of egotistical primary examiners and SPEs. My SPE trainer did not believe that anyone should be hired as a GS9 and strove to "weed out" the GS9s from his class. Deadlines and production on a bi-week basis. Training is moderately effective.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage and empower rather than judge and be unavailable or unwilling to see ALL sides of an issue. The empowerment was preached but not practiced by the succession of SPEs over my Art Unit.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Patent Examiner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home after 2 years on campus; flextime

    Cons

    Meeting production (quota) on a bi-weekly schedule is difficult sometimes


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  5. "DESKTOP SUPPORT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Tier II DESKTOP SUPPORT SPECIALIST in Hyattsville, MD
    Former Employee - Tier II DESKTOP SUPPORT SPECIALIST in Hyattsville, MD

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work friendly team members

    Cons

    great place to work we cover over 6 buildings


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Employee engagement is a priority"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Senior leadership from the Director to the heads of the business units are sincerely focused on ensuring the USPTO is one of the best places to work in the federal government, by engaging with and listening to employees, and acting on feedback.

    Cons

    The location is in a relatively sleepy part of Alexandria, VA, to the west and south of Old Town, with few restaurants or other diversions.


  7. "fair and great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, merit dependent bonuses, truly an equal opportunity employer unlike many companies who allege they are, merit-based non-competitive annual promotions or step increases, benefits are great, have a patent examiners union which works with management to make for "fair" working conditions.

    Cons

    constant pressure to make production (application quota), so you must be extremely disciplined.

    Advice to Management

    try to examine cases under the same condituons that examiners currently do before making policy changes... perspective is key.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Patent Examiner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in North Potomac, MD
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in North Potomac, MD

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible working hours, plenty of opportunities to change career if qualified.

    Cons

    health insurance is not comparable with private industries, promoting supervisors to none related arts, with none corresponding examining experience.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Business Intelligence Architect in Alexandria, VA
    Former Contractor - Business Intelligence Architect in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of IT projects

    Cons

    Some of the decision making is too bureaucratic


  10. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the atmosphere and the willingness of everyone in my department to assist with whatever I needed. I felt that I gained a lot of insight into the corporate world, since I hadn't worked in a place like that before.

    Cons

    It is so large, 5 huge buildings, it is easy to get lost. Being a contractor there would only be ok for your company who placed you there, otherwise it could feel like you are a number. Outsiders don't really speak to you, even if you look lost.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to given, especially as an intern. I had an amazing opportunity to be there for the summer, and I would do it again, if I could. :-)


  11. "Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer, Senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office (More than a year)

    Pros

    it's a nice place to work at

    Cons

    don't have any cons to say


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