FAA Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
153 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Job security is decent even with sequester (in 14 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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  1.  

    Rewarding

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

    I have been working at FAA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay. Don't take work home with you. Unplug and your day is over. Repeat.

    Cons

    Work some nights, weekends, holidays. But you're compensated extra for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The best career I could ask for. Great pay, great coworkers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Controller in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits and job security of working for the Government are undeniable. It's a very rewarding profession. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to have this as my career.

    Cons

    There is a lot of stress, not a lot of mobility, upper levels of management can be heavy handed. Congress controls the budget so you work with less resources than necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop interfering in things you know little to nothing about. The controllers are the stakeholders and know what works and what doesn't. Our involvement has proven to deliver equipment on time and at a reduced cost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work and good people

    Cons

    Management can be change with overall organizational chart

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  5.  

    Great agency most of the ti

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, work life, goo valence

    Cons

    It is government after all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I challenged the job and it returned the favor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Fort Worth, TX (US)

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This work is not for the weak at heart. It will demand your best, but it will also welcome everything you offer

    Cons

    As with every J O B out there you will encounter negativity, but you make it what you want it to be and be an overcomer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the workplace is defined by the people that work there and their leaders are no stronger than the efforts of its team. Then we owe our customers, our families and ourselves OUR BEST!! Let do that before we talk about benefits and perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great job for a sometimes terrible employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at FAA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excitement, job satisfaction, doing something that gives one a great sense of self worth and good pay and good benefits make it a good job.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, getting a new boss every 2-4 years when there are national elections. Controllers often don't make good Supervisors of people. The skills that make someone an excellent controller don't often transfer to the management of human beings. There are some that are great, but the vast majority don't do well at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that you are not needed often in day to day operations. You need to learn to back off and trust the people doing the work to do a good job. The best Supervisors are ones that don't have to always be "in charge."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere nice building friendly people

    Cons

    Public transportation no trains near by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust attitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Air traffic controller

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    Great Pay and Benefits, very rewarding

    Cons

    Difficult work schedule, working during the holiday season

  10.  

    Best Place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Very agile Govt agency. Client just doesn't spend citizen's tax money, they do have a vision and a strategy to align IT investments with the business goals.

    Cons

    Not a very highly paid company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    understand the potential of your employees and clients and provide an appropriate role to them that fits their talent instead of assigning any task to anybody.

  11.  

    Big bureaucracy, little cross department accountability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    compensation is very good for federal employment
    your job is as good as your supervisor

    Cons

    sometimes your career is dependent on factors for with you have no control
    competence varies greatly from exceptional to exceptionally bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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