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.
Excellent camaraderie between co-workers and pleasant working conditions for a production environment.
Loan Specialist (Former Employee) – Citrus Heights, CA – September 10, 2015
Each day was rewarding because you were helping people overcome the hardship of natural disasters. I learned to be professional while working with with emotional homeowners and business owners. The hardest part of the job was, in some cases, not being able to make the homeowner or business whole due to the product being a loan with qualifications. Management was very understanding of the pressures of dealing with frustrated disaster victims.
Business Analyst Intern (Current Employee) – Fresno California – December 6, 2014
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.
training, career advancement, professional enviroment.
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 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.
The agency failed to fulfill its promises under the PMF program.
Presidential Management Fellow (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 25, 2014
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 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 trainingmore... 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