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Washington DC Government Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Vincent C. Gray
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good teamwork environment (in 10 reviews)

  • If you're a career employee and made it past probation, you got it made with job security (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, didn't get offered a full-time position (in 5 reviews)

  • Everyone else was either fired for petty reasons or quit as a result of poor management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Washington DC Government full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good teamwork environment. Given opportunity with high exposure and empowered to make decisions.

    Cons

    Politics at higher levels can get in the way sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    When the leadership is free of curruption it makes working at the DC Gov't that much easier.


  2. "Fair salary and merit based promotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time

    Pros

    Career development opportunities are available if sought after.

    Cons

    Career mobility can be stagnant if you do not actively pursue it.

  3. "Psychiatrist Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    DC Government is a place where your work is appreciated, and your professional growth is encouraged.

    Cons

    Too much protocol to get simple things done, common to almost all governments in the world.


  4. "FYI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Insurance, Retirement Plan,

    Cons

    There is no balance between work and personal life, too much attitude for a little work.


  5. "Social Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Free vision.

    Cons

    Politics of every agency can be draining. Quick to fire.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the new workers for a non-govt insight.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Govt communications"

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    Current Employee - Public Information Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Information Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending where you work, there can be a lot of room to do different kinds of communications

    It's not that demanding, depending on what you're looking for

    Cons

    Sometimes there are upper-level staff outside of your area who think they know your work better than you do and can mandate that you do something that doesn't quite work

    There aren't a lot of communications/public affairs roles, which can make it difficult for the role to be consistently defined and understood

    Advice to Management

    Trust staff more as the experts in their issue areas


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Electronic Banking Officer"

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    Former Employee - Functional Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Functional Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Washington DC Government full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had the ability to manage autonomously, and had staff I could work with and develop.

    Cons

    Dreadful office politics and some racial tension.

    Advice to Management

    Keep visions clear

  8. "Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Government offers job security and can be a fun and rewarding place to work at.

    Cons

    I did not like the unproductive nature of government work. Mostly has to do with politics but it makes it hard to do your job effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being politically correct and start giving more room for people to improve the work they are currently doing because it could use a lot of improvement.


  9. "I love working for the people of the District."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    Even with all the education in the world, you still have to be in the "in crowd" to advance. Morale low in many agencies ( worked for 3 so far)

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader, not a boss! Be a coach, not a demander!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Don't.do.it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Washington DC Government full-time

    Pros

    * Highest salary I've made so far
    * Easy to get an interview and offer due to incompetent people within the organization
    * If you're a career employee and made it past probation, you got it made with job security

    Cons

    * Doing the work of four-five people, so salary really isn't competitive
    * Trifling, arrogant, and jealous boss who earns too much (there's a lot of them)
    * No job protection for MSS employees
    * Trifling employees who have permanent jobs and aren't fired because it takes too much work to do so
    * Talk a good game but it's a sham
    * Most inefficient organization I've worked for in my almost 30 years of experience. Fast food chains are better managed.
    * So technologically backwards, it would make the Flintstones seem like Apple

    Advice to Management

    Need to just fire everyone and start over because it's a complete mess that would sap the life out of a corpse. I can't even see too many good professionals staying there until something better comes along. The only reason why most people have been there over a year is because they're career employees.


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