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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta Reviews

Updated 21 November, 2017
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  • working within government structure means sometimes having to go through a lot red tape (in 20 reviews)

  • Challenging to land permanent full-time opportunities for early career professionals (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Employee care about public health, friendly, but too many bureaucratic rules"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Economist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Health Economist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and caring coworkers;
    No working over time;
    Very little travel;
    My supervisor is willing to support the growth of junior subordinates;

    Cons

    No strong drive to complete projects; too many rules that make reaching the finish line very difficult; as an employee you may get little sense of accomplishment

    Advice to Management

    Maybe the newly appointed director will bring some change


  2. "Love my work but not the bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting project, well equipped laboratory, and access to rare samples

    Cons

    I have to do a lot of ordering and administrative work that are not in my job description and are a waste of my education; common bureaucracy complaints

    Advice to Management

    Hire PHA's that know how to manage a spreadsheet a don't constantly misstate the amount of available funding


  3. "Project Leader"

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    Former Employee - Project Leader in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time

    Pros

    good ideas for future tech architecture

    Cons

    too much red tape to work through


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  5. "Senior Communication Strategist for Entertainment Education, Cultural Communication & Health Marketing"

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

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Noble mission and smart, dedicated staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes uncreative with or unwilling to adopt non-traditional ideas...slow to recognize and apply scientific health marketing and communication innovations.

    Advice to Management

    Be more culturally inclusive with leadership opportunities and management styles so that new ideas and approaches can be more readily considered and adopted.


  6. "I like my job"

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    Current Contractor - Human Resources Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Contractor - Human Resources Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are given a lot of freedom

    Cons

    Not easy to become a permanent employee


  7. "Typical Government Environment"

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    Current Employee - Biologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Biologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security. Thrift Savings Plan (Government's equivalent of 401K) in addition to annual pension. Job mobility.

    Cons

    Laziness, inefficiency, low morale, typical government environment.


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    "Great Pay and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Health Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, liberal leave policy. Science-y types fit in well here.

    Cons

    Promotions and awards based on youth, favoritism and your political viewpoint (liberals preferred). Awards based on your boss's motivation and have little or nothing to do with employee performance. Military service is not respected. "Managers" are mostly scientists with little or no leadership/soft skills.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Important mission, good science, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    CDC has an essential, difficult and often unappreciated mission. There are many wonderful, creative people doing meaningful work. Many (but not all) programs are well-resourced, and benefits are good but not great.

    Cons

    As an institution, it takes talented and committed scientists and promotes them into management positions for which they have no training or background, and often little aptitude. The bureaucracy is crippling, and thus innovation is incredibly difficult (excepting the laboratories which can and do innovate). HR is a nightmare- skewed hiring practices, and too understaffed to effectively address employee concerns such as sexual harassment, age discrimination, etc. Like its parent agency HHS, much lip service is paid to policies to address a wide range of management issues, however little meaningful action taken. Most distressing perhaps is the willful failure to hold grantees and contractors accountable for performance; rather, poor performers are shuffled around or promoted to open up space for better ones. Sometimes CDC forgets that employees are tax payers too, and we want accountability for those taxes as much as the public.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of go-along-to-get along needs to change, and staff and grantees need to be held accountable for their performance in a meaningful way. CDC is losing great people because of disillusionment with management practices, resistance to change and a systemic rejection of true innovation evidenced by the echo chamber approaches of Center- and Agency-level management.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive environment for scientific work and international development

    Cons

    Sometimes down time or unclear management processes

    Advice to Management

    Find hard workers and promote them!


  11. "Working at the CDC"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Intern - Internship in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an intern

    Pros

    The CDC has a plethora of resources that are available to you as an intern. You have the ability to learn so much and you are around people that are wiling to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

    Cons

    The CDC is a governmental organization and this shows within the organization. As someone who is very passionate about social justice and health disparities there isn't necessarily room to explore these things within the organization.


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