Pros: pay, pto, benefits, flexibility
Cons: lack of work, lack of challenge, lack of advancement
As a contractor, a typical day involves logging in and finding no emails from the day before and then searching for things to do to keep you busy. When something does come up to work on, it takes 3-6 months to complete because it SO important at first and then the supervisors take forever to respond or focus on the task. It's government based work for the VA and it's very slow. You run into all kinds of people, but almost everyone is very pleasant and facing the same battles with lack of work. Your SMS manager will most likely have no idea what you do since your work is mainly for the VA managers. The benefits are pretty good, the pay is good, and you typically get 3 weeks of PTO. Depending on the job, flexibility is pretty good with telework.