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  • Crying all the way to the bank
    margielyle
    Those poor abused federal workers. Their pay, benefits and job security far exceed what people in the private sector can expect. Their workweek is less than 40 hours and they moan and whine and complain all the way to early, lucrative, well-medicated retirement.
    margielyle
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  • Margielyle, You Don't Know What You're Talking About
    jamieob
    If only you knew what you're talking about. A 9:00 to 5:30 workday is not less than 40 hours per week. In fact, 42.5 hrs., to be exact. There literally is no free lunch -- we get paid for 40 hrs. of work. You work 45 hours; you get paid for 40 hours. That's the way it is. There is no overtime. The benefits and pay you speak of do not pave the way to early retirement. Most of the people I know have taken pay cuts to work in the government. No raises for two years, going on three and now we're faced with 14 furlough days. Check for yourself what the payscale is. The GS pay schedules are easily accessible in the internet. Also, check out the health insurance benefits while you're at it. There is better to be had in the private sector. Many physicians and dentists don't want anything to do with you if you are a patient with a federal insurance plan. When you're living frugally and still living paycheck to paycheck, nearly three weeks of not getting paid is a scary proposition.
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  • Federal Employees
    retired & fed up
    I disagree that federal employees are promoted on their scientific abilities, at least not where I worked. It seemed like most promotions were based on politically correct choices. If the most qualified were promoted then who would do the work. Also, if a person had come from headquarters in DC, it seemed like that person had an inside track - possibly because the region head person in charge was afraid of what contacts that employee had. Decisions - however trivial - all to often had to be bumped up to a higher level supervisor - and that supervisor level might bump it up to the next also. This all to often delayed work being completed. Indecision was a normal response and resulted in killing any motivation an employee might have had. It is also no surprise that supervisors rated the morale higher than their employees - remember SRDH i.e., stuff rolls down hill.
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  • Some Truth, but doesn't cover up the facts
    Rich the Engineer
    Just because you perform the duties of your position to the best of your ability does not mean your position is useful or necessary. What needs to be done is a thorough top-to-bottom examination of federal workforce, identifying which positions are necessary and getting rid of the others. Just because you want to be a government employee doesn't mean you're entitled to be one. If you don't enjoy what you are doing, for whatever reason, do something you do enjoy, provided you can convince someone that what you want to do has value to them. Stop thinking that just because you are alive, you are entitled to anything. Get out there and sell yourself. You don't want to? Then starve. I don't care.
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  • Seriously?
    fed_up_taxpayer
    I work in the private sector, not only no pay raises for the last 5 years but also a 10% pay DECREASE over that period of time. Oh and did I mention my employer contribution to my 401K was stopped and I'm no longer allowed to attend conferences except if I pay for it myself. Federal employees are not a protected class. Please remember that. And remember what your fearless leader says, "We must all pay our FAIR SHARE." That means you too.
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  • Low Morale
    MaynardGKrebs
    When it comes to military and federal service, it is not the cream that rises to the top. It's the busybodies and the incompetent. It's not so much ineffective leadership that is demoralizing as it is too much. Federal agencies are top-heavy with management.
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