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FAA Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
141 Reviews

3.6
141 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 13 reviews)


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

  • Rotating shift work, poor working conditions, micromanaged from above, adversarial labor/management culture (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  Atlantic City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Atlantic City, NJ (US)

    Pros

    work-life balance, management flexible to your needs, work pressure ebb and flows not constant pressure

    Cons

    limited paths to career growth unless you decide to manage people. Job openings sometimes are too limiting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great job, lousy employer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist  in  Centennial, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Centennial, CO (US)

    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
  3.  

    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)

    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
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  5.  

    air traffic controller at National Airport.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    aviation is wonderful....something new happens every day....you cannot make a mistake so every day
    is perfect. Everyone respects the ATC and the job he does.

    Cons

    equipment breaks down much too often. The controller must maintain strict awareness 100% of the
    time while on duty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    FAA has stability and growth opportunities, but lacks in the area of bonus specific incentives like the private sector.

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

    Pros

    Stability, work life balance and office culture.

    Cons

    No incentives for salary growth, stock options etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide incentives for growth and a more incentive based reward system which could at least somewhat try to match private sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A premium government agency with vast opportunities to obtain a variety of training and develop skills in any discipline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Warrenton, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Warrenton, VA (US)

    Pros

    Superior training opportunities, dynamic careers, upward mobility and ability to transfer around the country and beyond.

    Cons

    Government job...pay setting can be difficult to swallow for new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Telework, autonomy and leadership development

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    • 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)

    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
  9.  

    It's good, but it could have been better

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist  in  Atlantic City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Atlantic City, NJ (US)

    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
  10.  

    Proactive Agency

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    • 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)

    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
  11.  

    Full of fakeness

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

    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

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