Where to Work in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service, and Deloitte have put together a ranking of the best places to work in the federal government based on employee satisfaction and effective leadership, and NASA has once again taken the top spot (even the interns love working at NASA).

In the Washington Post, one of the people who put together the rankings gives some advice to federal leaders looking at it, which include asking employees for their help to make improvements, figuring out the most effective ways to communicate with them, and actually keeping your promises. It’s pretty solid, standard advice, but you’d be surprise how many companies don’t actually do those things (I’ve worked at companies where they did not do those things).

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I dunno, I have a friend who works around astronauts and she says they’re mostly dicks.

Renleigh (#2,110)

@stuffisthings But only 0.01%ish (at most) of the people who work for NASA are actually astronauts. I’d think the bigger issue would probably be actually getting a job there.

(I recognize this is probably a joke but all the fighting I’ve done with a spectrometer this morning has left me utterly humorless and jealous of people at NASA, where I assume their spectrometers all work perfectly.)

@Renleigh Actually a true story! Though I doubt it affects NASA morale that much, as the survey shows. Also this friend does not work at NASA.

Eric18 (#4,486)

@stuffisthings I wonder what the astronauts say about your friend.

Over 75% of agencies have a lower score than last year… looks like they need that advice. I wonder how much the pay freeze has to do with it?

nogreeneggs (#154)

@cuminafterall It might have something to do with Federal Employees being America’s favorite punching bag when talking about the budget. We just love reading article after article about how much we’re overpaid and how lazy we are. :(

@nogreeneggs Yeah, and the budget uncertainty over the past few years has made it tough for agencies to plan & pay for training, professional development, performance incentives, workforce analyses to figure out where they can economize, etc. etc. We’re constantly hearing “do more with less,” but the structure of budget allocations makes it really difficult to do anything other than preserve the status quo.

@cuminafterall “the structure of budget allocations” Who even am I?!?!

WaityKatie (#1,696)

@nogreeneggs Haha, yeah I know I like reading about what a lazy overpaid bum I am after a 10 hour day doing the equivalent of two people’s jobs because we haven’t had the budget to hire in 7 years. It’s really inspiiiii-ring.

WaityKatie (#1,696)

@cuminafterall The last “training conference” I went to, they had cut the budget for trainings so deeply that they didn’t even put a pitcher of water on the tables in the training rooms, and then the little store (the only place in the building that had fluids available for purchase) closed halfway through the training, so we all basically just died of thirst for 3-4 hours. It was so lavish. I mean, I guess I can understand that coffee is just TOO FANCY for us now, but water??

Worker Parasite (#2,292)

Didn’t NASA lay off lots of people when the shuttle program ended? Can’t imagine that was good for morale.

Blondsak (#2,299)

Well, my agency isn’t at the bottom of its list, but it’s close. I guess the good news is a)we’re up over 5 percentage points from last year! and b) I love my job.

JollyRoger (#2,837)

Too bad getting an interview, much less a job at one of these places is becoming damn near impossible.

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