Community Service Representative (Former Employee), Washington, DC – December 4, 2013
Pros: excellent opportunity to be compassionate and human
Cons: hard to see the destruction of so many peoples' lives
Great opportunity for self starter person, able to work alone and unsupervised. We were sent into the field after the Super Storm Sandy disaster, with a set number of required tasks to complete by the – more... end of the day, every day. It was wonderful to work at my own pace and handle each situation as it came up. The hardest part of the job was seeing all of the devastation left by the storm and knowing that people died in the same areas that I was now working. Very sobering, very challenging, very humbling. There was a lot of need for emotional comfort and normalcy by the survivors of the disaster. – less
I enjoyed working with the company It was a different type of employment that I was used too You inter-act with a lot of different personalities There wasn't an hardest part of the job for me The most enjoyable part of the job was the money especially here in the south
Pros: Diversity of Daily Schedule, Teaching, working with SMART People.
Cons: Less Imaginative people are easily scared. New ideas not quickly embraced.
Each day is different- a good thing. Sometimes I'm teaching RAD. EMERG. PREP . courses out in FEMA's 10 Regions, sometimes I'm acting as theTHD Professional Development Training Coordinator. I am very – more... well trained (in the US NAVY and Civilian worlds) in CBRNE, and taught same. I have over ten (10) years teaching / instructor experience in the USN (total of six years at US NAVAL ACADEMY, three years teaching experience of high-school aged young people, a few years as an Adjunct Professor at a JUCO, and over over fourteen years teaching Sailors, Marines and Merchant Mariners about Homeland Security matters. I have taken six (of seven) courses on "Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) from the DHS' "Office of Bombing Prevention (OBP) as well as many FEMA courses on Emergency Management, particularly in the field of Radilogical Emergency Preparedness (REPP). – less
Coordinator (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – June 4, 2015
Pros: Helping others
Cons: Hearing all the Scams for assistance.
Working for FEMA was so rewarding knowing I was doing something good for people who were in a horrible situation. I loved helping out others and hearing the joy in their voices when something so tragic had happened.
Tier 1 Help Desk Technician (Current Employee), Winchester, VA – April 27, 2015
Pros: Free lunches, Telework
Cons: Short Breaks, Work Load
The FEMA location I work out of is a call center so my day-to-day tasks have to deal with me speaking with customers on the phone trying to resolve their technical issues. The management is overall very – more... good at reporting issues with us and working with the employees on scheduling. The hardest part of the job is the knowledge base and getting a general understanding of everything we handle. In reality it's simple tasks but very much information to learn and know how to execute properly. The most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity FEMA provides for teleworking. I am thankful I am able to work from home. – less
Disaster Housing Inspector (Current Employee), Winchester, VA – March 8, 2015
Pros: helping post disaster victims recover
Cons: being blamed for assistance they cannot acquire 100%
The hardest part of my job is the emotional needs of someone that has lost all of their valuables and structures, post disaster. Helping new inspectors to understand the program as well as having confidence – more... to perform daily tasks is a servant leadership style I adhere to. The most enjoyable part of my job is education the public on Mitigation techniques that can possibly save them from future hazards and the stress of possibly losing personal memories or material items. Recovery and preparedness are important to learn. I have learned in the last ten years that this job is very important for the individuals that have post disaster needs and helping them recover is work that is most rewarding to both my job and their lives. – less
Clerk I (Former Employee), Selma, AL – March 3, 2015
Pros: some good people to work with
Cons: never know if you will have a job from day to day
There has never been a procedure so there fore rules changes daily. The moral on this job is very poor. I have learned a lot on this job and learned to take on new jobs everyday. The most enjoyable thing about this job is knowing we are helping people in need of a home to live in.
Disaster Survivor Assistance Employee (Current Employee), Washington, DC – February 26, 2015
Pros: supportive hierarchy, good training, great people
Early in the Disaster Recovery Operation and for perhaps as long as 6 weeks be willing to work 10-12 hour days 7 days a week. The focus is always on the survivors while ensuring a safe working environment – more... for the employees. Everyone puts in these hours willingly knowing that we are helping people and families reclaim a part of their lives. FEMA flexible is the mantra as all employees are able and willing to change direction at a moments notice in order to be where the need is the greatest. Teamwork is crucial and the organizational structure makes it easy for everyone to work well together. Training is also available for anyone looking to improve their skills. – less
Computer Operator (Former Employee), Berryville, VA – February 14, 2015
Pros: computer programming tester
Cons: changing of guidelines for the same disaster in different states
Speaking with disaster victims scheduling inspections for real and personal property. Then speaking with apps insurance company making sure that we don't pay the same items that they are paying for. And – more... if that happens then Recouping the funds given. Forwarding that information to the proper financial department for further assistance. Making payment to the applicant in need making sure that they have the funds to purchase items to make the home sanitary,safe,secure – less