HUD is easily one of the best places I've worked as a federal government employee. The work environment in my office is non-hostile and open to new ideas. For a government agency, this is a refreshing change of pace!
During my time with HUD, thus far, I have really been able to focus heavily on honing my IT system skills. I have always been quite adroit with technology, but at HUD I really feel like my skills were challenged and valued in this specific aspect of my professional life.
The people I work with have been great so far. Some of the best people I've worked with, in my entire working life, actually. Management is honest and fair to me, and that's about all one can ask for. My peers and co-workers are accepting and competent.
I enjoy coming into work most when there is a problem that needs to be solved, the tighter the deadline the better. For whatever reason, I seem to thrive on pressure and I always seem to do my best work when under the gun. At the same time, I do value the lulls in work load as well. I would say that, at least for this specific position, the hardest part about my job is the inconsistency of work--truly feast of famine. Some weeks work would overflow from my desk, while other weeks there wasn't a task to be found within 50 feet in any direction.
Flexible work hours, smart people, generous vacation time, supportive bosses and co-workers
Government agency with a small budget (by Federal standards), inconsistent work load