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CDC Atlanta Reviews

Updated 2 June, 2017
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  • Lots of red tape as you would expect with any government job (in 17 reviews)

  • Very difficult if not impossible to transition into a permanent full-time position (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Orise Fellow- Master's Level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for recent graduate to gain research experience and network.

    Cons

    Very difficult if not impossible to transition into a permanent full-time position.


  2. "Review work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at CDC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can work independently on major projects.

    Cons

    Poor promotion potential; support depends.


  3. "Saving Lives"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Health Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC (More than a year)

    Pros

    An excellent place to improve the health of America.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up the ladder.


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  5. "ORISE Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At CDC: Some very bright coworkers; important work and preeminent public health organization (useful for career advancement within CDC and beyond); lots of data and resources available (though not always easy to find); good work-life balance; free gym and work from home option
    ORISE: pay is competitive for entry-level MPH jobs; easy way to get into CDC; free healthcare insurance if you do the ORISE option

    Cons

    At CDC: in general, too much emphasis on MD/PhD degree to advance in organization (rather than people with MPH but also relevant skills and experience); people work in silos; if the job role is not clearly defined, you end up doing grunt administrative work as a research fellow; advancement is not always clear and may not be present in your branch; work assigned and benefits like work from home are very much dependent on your manager

    ORISE: terrible HR communication and organization (takes a few emails before you even get a response); not always clear about what fellows are and are not allowed to do; no community of ORISE fellows for networking

    Advice to Management

    CDC: invest in your incoming young professionals to maintain your pipeline of employees by providing clearer paths to FTE and greater ownership of projects. Reevaluate whether certain positions actually need an MD or PhD or if that is just the old model of public health education (increasingly less relevant with dedicated schools of public health churning out MPHs with skills and research experience needed)
    ORISE: more clarity and engagement from HR (a lot of the confusion could be solved with a good website/sharepoint for current orise fellows to go to for information, forms, resources, etc)


  6. "ORISE Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training opportunities, networking with industry leaders who are top of their field, interesting projects

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lots of time wasted on menial tasks, hard to advance (few opportunities for promotion)

    Advice to Management

    Do not over-exert your contract staff, including contractors, fellows, and interns


  7. "Bright and motivated science minds, authoritative and petty business managers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bright, motivated individuals on the science and public health side of things. The satisfaction that you're part of an highly credible and impactful public health organization.

    Cons

    Some folks on the business side of things are seemingly less driven by the opportunity to positively affect the health and wellbeing of the population, and can be incredibly petty and authoritative.


  8. "Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EEO Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - EEO Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, advancement, management, learning possibilities, 401K, Life and Health Insurance, work from home in some positions etc.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons that I encountered.


  9. "Great Profesional Dedicated People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CDC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most dedicated people ever AND INSPIRING MISSION.

    Cons

    You work at the will of whoever is US President at the time and some years that can suck.

    Advice to Management

    Some women feel treated poorly there, differently, even at high levels.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stable employment"

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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.


  11. "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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