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Excellent place to work
Engagement and Administrative Operations Asst (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 1, 2017
GAO is an excellent place to work, they offer lots of amenities including-- a daycare facility, fitness center, and credit union all inside the building.
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Good Place
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 28, 2017
Fine place to work as an auditor. Okay training, great work life balance, and great team to work with. Great location in Seattle and some opportunity for travel.
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Very Productive
SHARED SERVICES ASSISTANT (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 14, 2017
Very busy agency, with a lot of work to accomplish with the help of great Co-workers, in getting the Job done is extremely motivation to the company, with a built in Gym and place to relieve some stress
Pros
Work under no pressure
Cons
Break when needed
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Good job but the work was not satisfactory.
IT Analyst (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCMay 8, 2017
A typical day at work would consist of reading documents sent to us by agency officials and parsing through those documents for whatever information we need. We would also conduct compliance analyses to determine if the agency is keeping up with current standards and finding weaknesses in their design or implementation. I learned a lot about the governmental auditing process, different IT infrastructures, how to manage large IT networks, and how to interview high-level officials for specific information, among other things.

One thing that was fantastic was the culture and flexibility of the agency, including management. Days where you needed to work from home or maybe a little extra time to complete a task were all granted without hesitation and this made the job very stress free overall. I will admit that if it were not for the nature of the work itself, I would have stayed here for quite a long time. This flexibility and culture was, by far, the most enjoyable part of the job. As long as you like reviewing paperwork and agency policies, you would be really happy to have this job, which is why some people have been there for 35+ years and wouldn't dream of leaving for anywhere else.
Pros
High flexibility, great culture, fairly stress-free
Cons
work itself is boring, it's in DC
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A great place to intern for the summer
Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 14, 2017
I got to work on numerous different projects as an intern and was given real work, rather than errands or clerical work. While interning for GAO, I got to work on projects concerning the federal budget, conduct research on budget windows and fiscal policy in other countries, attend information briefings on the Hill, and report on the proceedings of House Budget Committee hearings. Additionally, I was surrounded my lots of other interns and new hires around my age, and GAO provided lots of opportunities for professional development and socialization.
Pros
Quality management, clearly defined goals and expectations
Cons
Sometimes felt like projects were very slow moving
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Great work, if you can get it.
Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 2, 2017
What's not to like? You do important work with some amazingly talented people. The pay, benefits, and environment are great. It is the perfect job as a jumping off point into another DC career, or a fantastic career in and of itself.
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Good if you like it
Analyst (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 19, 2017
This job is a great job if you are looking for something that is a deep dive into an issue, and it takes around a year to complete each study, requires lots of oversight
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Agency work life review
Classification and Staffing Consultant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 15, 2017
This agency was very flexible in it's use of telework and balancing work and life for its employees.

A typical day was fast paced and full of research and providing answers to clients and prospective employees. I learned to be a better manager due to the leadership.

The hardest part of the job was receiving over 7000 applications for 150 positions nationwide. We had to establish a system to process in a speedy manner to ensure timely hiring.

The most enjoyable part was offering recent college graduates their first Federal position.
Pros
Telework
Cons
Support staff not held to a high standard.
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Enlightening
Student Trainee (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 30, 2017
I learned a lot about what goes on in the hiring process which was informative in terms of background investigations, fingerprinting, etc.
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Excellent workplace, interesting audits, a chance to see changes made in government programs.
Supervisory Auditor (Former Employee) –  Detroit, MIJanuary 3, 2017
Most audits are performance audits designed to determine whether monies financing a federal program are being spent efficiently and a programs' objectives are being achieved. Because of the number and variety of federal programs, the audit assignments can range from A to Z. Most gratifying is seeing a recommendation for improving a program come into being because of the work you've done.
Pros
Varied assignments, possible travel, gaining insights into agency operations
Cons
Pressure to issue final reports on time can be intense.
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Federal auditing
Student Trainee (Management & Program Analyst) (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 11, 2016
The US Government Accountability Office is an excellent place for anyone with an interest in auditing and program evaluation. It has a great work life balance and a supportive team environment. Technology is slow though, and projects are assigned, not chosen.
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It is a great organization
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 11, 2016
It is a great organization with diversity and learning environment. During the time I was working as an analyst to review the effectiveness and fairness of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
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A fantastic organization that helps you build your career. GAO is a great organization. Employees are exceptionally brilliant there. All staff is very
Java Developer (Consultant) (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCSeptember 9, 2016
GAO is a great organization. Employees are exceptionally brilliant there. All staff is very helpful. An excellent learning experience.
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Great place to work
Network Engineer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 14, 2016
While at the Government Accountability Office, I enjoyed working with my team to monitor the GAO network. The employees there were all very professional and great to work with.
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good
investigator (Current Employee) –  DCSeptember 3, 2015
nice place to work

people are friendly and earnest believers in GAO and its culture. Good balance of work and life away from GAO.
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Great place to work
Records management (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 3, 2015
Great people and great place to work. work flows was very manageable. flexible work schedule. Manager of Human Capital was great. learned a lot of new skills to add to my resume.
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Auditor, PE 0511 01 (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 27, 2015
I've experienced a variety of different management styles at GAO. Most mangers have been a pleasure to work with, but other's seem to have a little more work cut out for them when dealing with people.
Pros
Free parking, cafe has great food, telework
Cons
Pay raises are different amongst races
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Senior Manager, IT Cyber Security (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 15, 2015
Provide IT support to Congressional inspectors general, government accountability. Web applications & business systems, mobile devices, virtual desktop thin clients, virtual servers, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service.
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Highly Analytical Environment
Learning Consultant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 5, 2015
Charged with analyzing government programs, GAO is very good at digging into a request and engaging stakeholders. This translates into an environment which is very interested in quality and ensuring products are perfect.
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Good place to work
Service Center Assistant (This is a federal job) (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 28, 2015
I miss my time at GAO. The work her at time was monotonous, but aside from that it was an excellent place to work.
Pros
Work life balance for some positions are great
Cons
Not much upward mobility
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