Equipment operator (Former Employee), Lake City, FL – April 3, 2014
Had just gotten out of AF and needed work to support family. I worked up to 60hrs/wk and the chance of advancement were slim. No medical insurance. My fellow workers were fun to work with but fun vs responsibility, responsibility wins out..
Airway Transportation Systems Specialist (ATSS) (Former Employee), Juneau, AK – March 26, 2014
I loved the job but had a lot of trouble with the disconnect between the office and the field. Management has fallen out of touch with where the rubber meets the roads. They are almost entirely focused on reports and matrices.
Maintenance Laborer (Former Employee), Appling, GA – March 16, 2014
I worked on the highways and bypasses. I was required to keep the roads clean. I learned how to drive stick shift, and dump truck. Management was fair. I enjoyed working with my employees. Hardest part of my job was learning mechanical work. The most enjoyable part was meeting new people.
Administrative Assistant, L/ER (Former Employee), Anchorage, AK – March 7, 2014
Work began at 0700 and ended at 1530. Duties consisted of electronic records maintenance and storage, physical records maintenance and storage, reviewing work history and processing retirements.
I actually learned a lot. This was a new experience for me and I got to see how the wheels turn at a government agency, what it takes to make changes, and – more... how a system can break down missing one piece of the puzzle.
Management was awful. The work atmosphere felt tense. Another way to explain it was that the office felt sterile. This was a result of the atmosphere created by management.
My coworkers were typical career government employees. Some of them really liked their work, and loved helping people, some you could say were just mailing it in each day. Some of them were not challenged at all by their work and it showed, others were in way over their heads.
The hardest part of the job was to keep up with the east coast. Frequently, meetings were set for 0900 EST, and in Alaska, that's 0500. Long, drawn out meetings at 0500 are tough to get up for, but sometimes it had to happen.
The best part of this job was the experience to get my foot in the door in aviation. – less