U.S. Small Business Administration Employee Reviews
Job Work/Life Balance
U.S. Small Business Administration
Job Work/Life Balance
Administrative Support Specialist
ODA Administrative Support Specialist (Former Employee), Herndon, VA – March 23, 2015
I work for the Office of Disaster Assistance, in Herndon, VA and this office work a lot, specially when there is a disaster. I used to work 7 days a week 12 to 13 hours a day. Salary was very good and the staff very good people trying to help the victims of a disaster. The hardest part of the job was the long hours when there was a disaster and the relocation to other areas.
Business Analyst Intern (Current Employee), Fresno California – December 6, 2014
Pros: training, career advancement, professional enviroment.
Excellent place to work. Powerhouse executives controlling boardrooms, and managing projects with expertise. Where I learned the technical skills of being an analyst. My day consists of constructing/managing/administrating dashboard databases, records management, technical writing, financial forecasting, and trend analysis.
Construction Analyst (Former Employee), Herndon, VA – June 27, 2014
Using a practical knowledge of architectural design and construction practices, performed examinations of federal construction standards (IBC 2006), the estimation of costs of construction or repair – more... of both residential and commercial construction. Performed on-site inspections of residential and commercial properties to determine extent of damage and costs to repair and/or replace fiscal and real property losses. Duties also included the collection, analysis and development of cost information for both fiscal and real property on residential and construction. – less
The agency failed to fulfill its promises under the PMF program.
Presidential Management Fellow (Former Employee), Washington, DC – June 25, 2014
Pros: great mission
Cons: doesn't take care of pmfs
When I first started working at this agency, I was really excited. The Small Business Administration has a great mission. Small businesses are the key to America's economy and I had the opportunity to – more... work on a lot of high-profile projects through the PMF program. Those who make it through the extremely competitive PMF vetting process are supposed to receive: (1) growth and development opportunities and career development mentorship, (2) eighty hours of education and training opportunities each year, and (3) external developmental rotations with other agencies to "try out" other cultures and see where your best fit is in the federal service.
However, after the first few months, the agency started falling short on its promises. I found myself rotating from work station to work station because they had no permanent place for me. And, even though I came to them with two graduate degrees, I ended up as a glorified copy room assistant/mailroom clerk for four or five months -- doing nothing but putting together packets of materials they needed to ship out to the district offices.
They did eventually outsource this work and they allowed me to go on a few field visits. However, I was repeatedly asked to put in extra hours and log "comp time" which they never allowed me to take. It was always a dramatic production to take any of the leave I earned. And, I was asked to put off all of the education and training and the external developmental rotations for the first year.
Finally, after they front loaded all of the work and it was time for them to start paying for the education and training and the external developmental rotations, they renegged on their promises and terminated me. And, the agency did nothing about it. I would strongly urge PMFs to avoid this agency at all costs. If you make it through the vetting process, you're a commodity to the federal service and other agencies will take care of you a lot better than this one does. – less
APEX Contractor - Underwriter/Site Manager (Former Employee), Fresno, CA – January 13, 2014
Pros: a very educational job
I started out as a loan officer and was promoted to site supervisor. I learned a great deal about commercial real estate. I learned a great deal about bankruptcy and foreclosure and loan liquidation. My co - workers were nice people. The hardest part of my job was not being able to help a client save their business. The most enjoyable part of my job was training new hires.
Loan Officer/Customer Service (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – December 4, 2013
Pros: we had luncheon all the time
Cons: work hours
• Performs a variety of duties associated with providing disaster loan assistance to customers from across the United States, and in U. S. Territories and Commonwealths. • Review and analyze all pertinent – more... loan application facts, determining eligibility and recommendations for loan applications • Write reports supporting recommendations and other conditions relative to the loan application. • Maintains effective portfolio management and records status of all loan disbursements and status of required documentation • Communicates with insurance carriers, financial institutions and other third parties to obtain relevant information for loan recommendations. • Prepare files in Disaster Credit Management System including pertinent details, analysis, and justifications to substantiate recommendations are in compliance with loan application • Performs administrative assignments relevant to various forms, reports, correspondence and other loan documents Provide responses to inquiries from applicants, their representative/ agents, and others concerning status of applications, reasons for Agency actions.
The hardest part of the job sometimes was the work hours......we would work 10hrs a day 7 days a week. The most enjoyable part of the job was the co workers. – less
Loan Officer (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – November 19, 2013
Fast paced work envirnoment with little to none supervision, learned how to process and complete Government's loans modification and maintain confidentality during the process, managment very proactive with colleagues, job was not difficult due to management assistance availability, team orientation and collaboration was the most enjoyable aspect of the job.