Social Security Administration

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Social Security Administration Reviews

Updated 26 November, 2014
Updated 26 November, 2014
220 Reviews
3.2
220 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great if you don't care about salary (in 17 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, Great work environment, Overtime availability pending budget, Option to work credit hours (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget Issues cut my position after being informed it would continue for a year (in 7 reviews)

  • 500 (I don't understand the arguments that federal employees make out better than private sector (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    Okay atmosphere and okay management

    Cons

    pay is not as competitive

  2.  

    Claims Taker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Decent pay and good benefits. Great coworkers and it's a position that allows you to help people who truly need help.

    Cons

    Training takes awhile. GSA/SSA don't offer free parking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hearing Monitor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Hearing Monitor in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Social Security Administration part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It pays really well. Scheduling is done easily as long as you can get a contract. You get to work with some really renown Admin Law Judges and attorneys.

    Cons

    Because Im under contract, there's no upward mobility. Its often times really dull. The work is repetitive. It's a great job for someone like me who is in college.

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  5.  

    If you're not management, don't bother

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    Still learning the ropes but I can say this agency is flexible if you have a family

    Cons

    Hard to get up the rank internally, best bet is to apply externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Wouldn't recommend

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    Former Employee - Attorney Adviser in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Attorney Adviser in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked in three different ODARs (hearing offices), two ok, one abysmal. Good benefits, predictable hours, some decent people work here.

    Cons

    Some really messed up people work in some ODARs in positions of control, and can make your life miserable. Other offices have people in control who are just plain incompetent. My understanding is the good offices are ok to work at, but anywhere you work the writing is dull and you're only working toward retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management: come visit your ODARs, talk with the writers and support staff. You'll get a much better picture of what's going on than just listening to local admin's sugar coating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stable but not very interesting work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Analyst
    Current Employee - Security Analyst

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a stable work environment and the pay is average.

    Cons

    They do not want to innovate. A lot of people (not all) prefer things that do not change and fight you at every turn if you try.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using service comp dates as the #1 tool for promotion. And stop making decisions to apease the union reps!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    SSA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    There is generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Budget issues. No room to grow or advance anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using the excess money at the end of the fiscal year on useless items just so you claim all the money was spent and needed. The government needs to find a better way to use this money rather than going on a shopping spree on the taxpayer's dime. Employee evaluation system also needs to be updated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My experience was great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    The pay was great and the hours were flexible

    Cons

    The production were sometime impossible to meet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge on a case by case

  10.  

    Great government agency if you wan to go into civil service.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    People, training, working for the government gives a sense of safety. Work-life balance good.

    Cons

    growth difficult in government hierarchy, salary based on time not potential. Reason work-life balance is so good is that you cannot bring much work home. Sometimes that is undesirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down old ways of doing things. Adopt newer workplace practices to attract younger candidates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out of it what you put into it. It can be a good career, if you want it to be.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claims Representative
    Former Employee - Claims Representative

    I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Number one reason is the pay--claims reps are well compensated for their work. They start off well paid and have regular scheduled raises. Very generous leave as well. Good health care benefits.

    Cons

    Over the past 8 years, SSA seems to believe that replacing people with computers is the solution to all its problems. The workforce is demoralized. Pension is not so good now that all new employees (since 1983) are under Social Security--I guess that is only fair but even the employees know that Social Security is a rip-off pension. Heavy workloads is most offices (but still some employees do very little work--they will never get fired, so why bother?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I personally think the creation of " technical expert" job was a mistake. I never wanted to be in management but I did get a lot of satisfaction out of mentoring new employees and conducting training--once we got a "technical expert" I was never given these opportunities again because that was the "tech expert" job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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