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CDC Atlanta Reviews

Updated 22 February, 2017
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  • Lots of red tape as you would expect with any government job (in 17 reviews)

  • Limited opportunities to move up and limited opportunities to get a full-time federal position with benefits (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Stable employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-like balance is good in some work areas. Workload is very heavy and unbalanced at times. It's a scary time going forward with the new administration that doesn't believe in much government. We'll likely see hiring freezes and forced early retirements.

    Cons

    Low pay, hard to move up when vacancies do not exist.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunities and opportunity costs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    World-class science infrastructure, motivated and generally mission-driven science colleagues, select professional development opportunities (i.e., if one avails oneself, and if the supervisory chain is supportive). Job stability.

    Cons

    Uninspired and uninspiring management at all levels, overwhelming bureaucracy, institutional complacency, policies that counter-intuitively undermine all efforts at fiscal responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    For CDC to regain its stature as a leading research institution, it must learn to manage knowledge more effectively, learn to value data informed risk-taking, and recognize that true innovation bridges disciplines and institutions, and is, by definition, autochthonously sustainable.


  3. "It was a great learning experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Imhotep Research Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Imhotep Research Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Huge company with many departments and very smart people to learn from; lots of lunch and learns, events, and ways they try to create a good work-life balance; my department (Department of HIV/AIDS) seemed pretty diverse with good researchers who were also wonderful mentors to me

    Cons

    none that I noticed in the time I was there


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  5. "Health Communications Fellow"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Intern - Health Communication Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Intern - Health Communication Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDC as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great agency to learn and grow

    Cons

    Lack of federal fund limits opportunities


  6. "Business Intelligence Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Business Intelligence Architect in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Contractor - Business Intelligence Architect in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at CDC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Reasonable deadlines. Great Co-workers.

    Cons

    Politics at CDC sometimes gets in the way of creating the best deliverables.


  7. "Public Health Advisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love working here. I'm surrounded by people that want to improve health. The pay, benefits and job security are great.

    Cons

    Experience really depends on your position, coworkers and supervisor. The office culture varies greatly depending on the department.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees' skill set development and career advancement. I feel stuck at my position.


  8. "Computer Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at CDC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very decent work life balance

    Cons

    I cannot think of any.


  9. "Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn given the resources available

    Cons

    No clear path for career growth

    Advice to Management

    reduce the information silos


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at the CDC ITSO and ISSO is like having a relative in a trailer park"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding Scientists and Public Health advocates that save guards the public health.
    I commend the MDs, the PHDs and the MPHs, the laboratorians and all the people who are involved on the public health for their hard work. Hiring and promotion of the scientists is based on merit.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Senior management at the ITSO and ISSO offices under the CIO office are incompetent. The ITSO and ISSO offices have endemic corruption and nepotism problems People get hired after being contractors not based on their merits, but based on friendship and blood relationship. This Nepotism should stop.
    High School drop outs with a GED and those with a high school diploma are the senior staff on the ITSO and ISSO offices.
    I don't know why the management would not bother to revamp the CIO office and hire people on their merit

    Advice to Management

    STOP playing the shenanigans when hiring. The strategy that they use when hiring is that they bring their friends and have them work as contractors for a few years and post a positing based on what their friends were doing as contractors.
    Unless one has a click on the senior staff of the ITSO and ISSO, he/she can't go no where.


  11. "Talented workforce"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, motivated employees and a clear mission make this a great place to work. Respects work-life balance (with the exception of outbreak deployments).

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, dedication to the way things have always been done, significant risk aversion. Some burnt-out employees double down on preventing innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Find mechanisms to promote cross-organizational unit collaboration. The division of groups into disease-specific units and complete separation of funding streams makes collaboration and innovation among units very challenging.



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