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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta Reviews

Updated 16 April, 2018
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  • working within government structure means sometimes having to go through a lot red tape (in 21 reviews)

  • It is extremely difficult to get hired full time (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Sucks, lets just be honest"

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    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Microbiologist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People who know nothing about real science will be impressed

    Cons

    Discrimination, favoritism, cover-ups, some areas have lie about science results, (being real), the list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    You guys need to stop covering up your discrimination issues. You better straighten up because people are actually waking up. The name CDC is not cutting alone anymore. You are going to actually have to make your company real. Outside of your sector you are not respected and regular science industry is actually surpassing you guys. I wouldn't recommend working here if you want excitement, reward, and if you value diversity, or if you are a minority. This place is best for a VERY small portion of the population. CDC does not cut the mustard.


  2. "Content Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - Content Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Contractor - Content Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, work environment is relaxed.

    Cons

    Department of Communications can be too quiet at times.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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

    Great team of people to work with. Excellent benefits. Ability to telework.

    Cons

    Office work is heavy with politics and unnecessary problems. Typical of an office job.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors should be given better contracts.


  4. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Contractor - SAP Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Contractor - SAP Consultant in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great diverse people. Nice office and cafeterias

    Cons

    Parking can be an issue at times


  5. "review"

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    Current Employee - Health Scientist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Health Scientist in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, flat management structure

    Cons

    Not having a PhD limits career progression options


  6. "ORISE: You Get What You Apply For"

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    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Contractor - Orise Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent way of getting your foot in the door.

    Cons

    You are pretty disposable and your work isn't likely to go noticed or rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    I imagine there are a variety of experiences when it comes to ORISE/CTR positions, but the common refrain is that the "prestigious" fellowship is less prestiege and more cheap labor for unfilled staff positions. I can't blame the CDC or dept. heads for utilizing this seemingly inexhaustible pool of overeager applicants (what with Rollins right next door), but you might produce better ex-employees with a bit more attention to the mentoring side of the program.


  7. "It's okay"

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    Former Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You're surrounded by some of the world's best researchers and communicators. Lots of room for growth. Great training and seminars.

    Cons

    Very competitive, many folks dislike you for absolutely no reason. There's an air of racism there as well.

  8. "Heatlh Communication Marketing & Media"

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    Current Employee - Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Health Communications Specialist 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Noble work...authentic mission...great workplace environment

    Cons

    Often too slow to innovate

    Advice to Management

    Be more receptive non-public health based ideas


  9. "Great place to work, with lots of opportunities to move around and learn different functions and topical areas."

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    Current Employee - Public Policy in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Policy 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of diversity in types of jobs and functions, great people who are very dedicated and very intelligent, lots of opportunity to move around, lots of opportunities to learn through seminars and other educational sessions

    Cons

    Political environment can take a toll on worker well being; any large bureaucracy is slow with decision making, hierarchical, and can be frustrating


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

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    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


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