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Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
165 Reviews
3.6
165 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Has great job security, and a ton of great people working for them (in 15 reviews)

  • Air Traffic Control is an amazing job like no other (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Rotating shifts, tough to get time off (in 7 reviews)

  • Shift work with weekends and holidays (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great job, lousy employer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Centennial, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Centennial, CO (US)

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    40 Hour work week, get paid while you train.

    Cons

    Abusive management, poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that without the controllers there is no air traffic control. Management is top heavy and unresponsive to controller needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Perfect for veteran feds who want easy work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Computer Software Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I have been working at FAA full-time

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Laidback environment
    - Cordial co-workers
    - Decent pay

    Cons

    - FAA not willing to invest in training for permanent employees, so permanent gov't workers tend to have less training than contractors who's parent companies' train employees before bidding them out.
    - Slow pace
    - Not enough work
    - IT Team leads become micromanagers from their lack of tasks
    - Uppers gossiping at w/i earshot (but that's everywhere)
    - Not alot of mid-rang career openings, only high up position so tons of FAA positions require grad degrees for promotion, since it's hard to have an opportunity to learn the job from more experienced people alone.
    - Not an information sharing type of environment. Veteran programmers hog the work to appear busy. Don't want to delegate and train.
    - Slow to learn newer programming languages/technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to train team leads to actually help with training/giving helpful tips to employees. I've wasted thousands of hours on language/technology I have yet to use. My time has been excessively wasted with bad tips.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's good, but it could have been better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Atlantic City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Atlantic City, NJ (US)

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was a student intern here and got a permanent job right after. The people are great. The job is easy. The benefits are good. It's a laid-back typical government office working environment.

    Cons

    A lot of politics. Watch your back, and there are a lot of back stabbers that are just looking for opportunities to bring you down if you are looking to a higher position. Some managers, program offices and program managers do NOT know anything about management, leadership, or even the actual project that they are supposed to be "managing" . If you do well, and the project has a great turn out, they'll take all credit and not even to mention your name. It is very hard to get to upper management level as you have to have connection and majority of the people that I work with are just so l-a-z-y and s-l-o-w-w-w

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to encourage junior employees to look for opportunities to raise. Need to improve schedule management, and keep things in line. Make logic decisions and do NOT let someone else to make decision for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Proactive Agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient to Metro
    Autonomy when leadership is happy with your work output

    Cons

    Always proactive never reactive. Multiple meetings to discuss what was discussed - wasted time. Things have to go through several layers of approval before it's actually given any thought. Nepotism and favoritism is rampant. Disconnect between what senior leadership verbalizes and what actually happens at the worker level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to employees. Enforce policy and procedures. Encourage cooperation and foster good customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Telework, autonomy and leadership development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I have been working at FAA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Telework available!!! love this.

    I also love the sense of autonomy I get from my boss.

    Cons

    Legacy mindset within the enterprise service center.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I have enjoyed my time at the FAA but it's time to move on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office I work in provides me with a lot of Independence and I am not micromanaged. I work on my projects and meet my deadlines, which keeps my management happy.

    Cons

    The biggest con of working here (and probably at most government agencies) is the unfair distribution of the work load. If you are productive and get work done, then they pile the work on you, knowing that the project will get done. If you are lazy and unproductive, eventually management doesn't want to deal with you and just stops giving you work. This makes it harder on the employees that actually care and function. It breeds a lot of resentment (for me personally) and is the reason I'm looking for a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with your poor performers! Not only for their sake, but for the sake of your other valuable employees who carry most of the workload and will eventually get really resentful at the amount of work they have to do while others waste time, and therefore leave. Or if they decide not to leave, eventually they will stop caring and you'll have another unproductive warm body to deal with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Full of fakeness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Managers run the show. If you cannot play the fake game and smooch up to the necessary people. Your advancement is null, regardless of your knowledge and contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a government job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FAA full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance, could coordinate travel schedule

    Cons

    Work pace was very slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Contractor w/ the FAA

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at FAA as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    You're given a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Not the best space for opportunity if you are a contractor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    C# developer for the FAA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Good pay for the work. Never busy

    Cons

    never busy. Laid back. Yes, this is a con. You can never get a raise or bonus. Only apply for another position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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