Research Civil Engineer (Highway) (Former Employee) – McLean, VA – February 5, 2019
I was with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which is one of many operating agencies of the USDOT. I was at the McLean, VA location in R&D. The environment is very pleasant there with free parking, though there's no Metro access.
The workplace environment was relaxed and business casual attire primarily with primarily cubicle type office style. There is a gym and plenty of outside space for walking with little traffic and noise.
There was a rapid change in the management over the last several years as people retired or moved on.
The hardest part of the job was keeping up with changing requirements in the acquisitions and publications departments.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the ability to influence direction of future highway technology.
Free parking, beautiful campus
No food within walking distance. No Metro access. Distance from USDOT HQ.
Declining from what use to be an exceptional workplace.
Project Manager (Current Employee) – Vancouver, WA – December 20, 2018
Upper management continues to implement changes that cause hardships on employees. Employees jumping around on details to much and don’t become efficient or thourough in their actual job assignment. Thus causing poor quality work and downstream problems in projects.
Associate Director (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – December 19, 2018
flexible and integrated management and workplace culture. Ability to work independently and develop managerial and leadership skills. Very flexible work schedule, long hours. Able to telework several times a week. Workplace culture was very inclusive.
I came in as a GS-01 and when i left i was a GS-05
Program Clerk (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – October 29, 2018
I did clerical work. file documents into a data base computer system. I did the officer pay roll. I answered all the phone lines in the office. I faxed, and copier paper work for the officer. I always helped my whole office out. I like working there. I worked at the loading dock.
Aerospace Engineer (Former Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – October 22, 2018
They do offer a competitive salary when compared to the industry for your experience level. Your job is to grade and evaluate industry's work, not to design, produce parts, or meet critical deadlines.
At times you may run into an executive or two who thinks they know more than you do and makes a point of it. In those situations understand that you are the authority and the buck stops with you not them. If you know your stuff and it shows, they will respect that. Everyone goes home happy because they get their airworthiness approval after hard work and you take pride in having worked their project and aided in the safety/certification of aircraft.
They will provide you all the training you need to do your job, although you might get assigned work early on and not have attended the required course yet at the academy. It was a good learning experience.
Excellent schedule while you are not traveling for work.
An 'old school' culture that has a hard time keeping up with new tech in the industry.
Data Entry Specialist (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – September 14, 2018
I worked in data entry and data management which required excellent time management skills, organization skills and attention to details which can be a bit overwhelming at times but in a work environment where you have the support of the entire department it make your work life alot easier. Everyone is willing to help each other and are always friendly.
From start to finish, all we did was inspect commercial trucks. The inspection was done in order to keep the USA highway safe from commercial trucks that did not pass our inpections. The best part of this job was the training out of town.
Senior Contracts Specialist (Contractor) (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – June 27, 2018
I work on a team where shared knowledge is valued. With a varying backgrounds, mentoring the junior-level and middle-level Contract Specialists and even Contracting Officers are daily duties. Occasionally, Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) must be reminded of their delegation authorities, as to what is/is not their COR delegation authorities directing first to their delegation letters.
Daily, I try to see and find the value in everyone. Mostly, I try have the team and/or peers to see their own valued-added to projects that were positively re-shaped or pushed forward to completion.
There is a way to mentor, train, and educate a team and individual peers to be equipped, esteemed, and encouraged without them feeling put-upons or belittled. The outcome results can be win-wins.
A satisfied team or peer is the firm foundation which solid blocks are built.
Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – April 16, 2018
The building was very secured with security which meant that I felt very safe. Some coworkers were friendly and took me out for lunch during lunch breaks. My supervisor placed me with a mentors who worked in the PHMSA Agency and I disapproved.
Chemist 1320, GS (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – August 26, 2017
Great place to work for non-technical persons. Technical positions are constantly struggling between industry stakeholders and agency executives to get the facts out. Day-to-day work is meaningful, change rarely comes from the desk though. The front office has a vision, it will be successful, but there is little voice or influence from the technical office. This is a fault on both sides of the agency (technical/non-techncial).
Gym on site, retirement savings, telework, augmented work schedules