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  • I am (Slightly Over) the Median
    FederalEmployee
    I am 48.41666 years young. When I look around my office, I see several empty cubicles. I have had the entire room to myself for over a year. For six years prior to that, there was only one other person in this room. At one time there were seven people in this room. Two moved to a different office, one moved to a different state, and three retired. I call it the best kept secret in the building. Why all the empty cubicles...can you say hiring freeze, budget cuts,"doing more with less"? Our numbers have been dwindling for years. If a manager has a group clerk, he/she is living high off the hog. If a manager and the group clerk actually work in the same POD...call it the Life of Riley. Many of you are probably shaking their heads at the waste of space, and I absolutely agree. Rumors regarding space rearranging have been floating around for some time. Apparently it takes money to make space changes. Before making such changes, I would like to see the money reallocated to cover salaries so we will not be furloughed (or furloughed for less days). On a different note, I bristle whenever I hear someone complain that they cannot get promoted because the old folks refuse to retire. If the older employees are still doing a great job, they should not be made to feel that they are hurting someone else by not retiring. Oh and on a third note...my new eye doctor is 29, and my new dentist is 31. I however, am "forever 29".
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  • Space Changes
    Modicrum
    Federalemployee, I was the victim of two space changes in ten years. Both times my army base was closed and my job was transferred to a base in another state so I moved. We had ten cubicles with ten warm bodies filling them.
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  • Only two, how lucky.
    ben
    Spent over 40 year working for DoD, including nearly 38 as a civilian. Had 11 PCSes during my civilian career, including two BRACs and a RIF.
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  • It's Hard to Keep Younger Workers
    Milo Cook
    At least, not for an entire career. For one, at least at my agency, the hiring process takes SO LONG that a very large portion of our job offers end up dropped, because the candidate is already hired by then. Even after accepting it. But a big one is, despite what the press keeps saying, we don't actually get paid outrageous salaries, and despite the growing of government, opportunities for advancement with a fairly static personnel isn't boundless. I left government employ years ago for a much higher salary, and I returned for a lower one, for the very reason many people continue with the government: job security. It's no surprise that when you compare government workers against the public, even in the same career, the numbers make us look overpaid - MOST of us have been working here a generation or longer. How many other professional careers are like that? How many school teachers, for instance, have a MEDIAN career length of over 25 years?
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  • retirement
    marien
    I'm not so sure civil service is much different from the private sector regarding an older workforce. I go into businesses and see senior citizens working, including the grandma and grandpa owners. I know a lot of professionals who are well into their 60s and still working. Even some big firms have lifted their mandatory retirement age (60). People don't trust the economy, they know that the greed on Wall Street and in big banks and other corporations could cause a major crash again, taking all our retirement savings with them again. Remember, the average person hasn't recouped their losses from the Bush era crash. We've been forced to put retirement savings into the stock market via mutual funds, IRAs, etc., and that pertains to both private and public sector. The big guys continue to make millions on our money, but they are totally motivated by greed with no conscience. Until Congress does something to get Wall Street, big banks, the entire financial structure under control, people will be hesitant to leave an income generated by working.
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  • Private sector
    Linda
    The private sector can't retire until 65 unless they have private medical insurance and can afford the I durance. Medicare doesn't start until 65. So the private work force has to work that long. This must be a closely held secrete, because I hear of people in the private sector retiring at 56, realizing they have no insurance and having to find another job that has insurance. Meanwhile they have lost their job with seniority and reasonable pay. I only know a couple, one union, and one a Vice President of a middle sized company that get insurance if they retire before 65. Also, anyone who retired in the military first. Forgot that one.
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  • Even the young ones
    Linda
    Even the young ones are leaving. Due to pay freezes, lack of promotions, micromanaging managers, and not much time invested and they, also, are leaving. Will be losing one at the end of the month. One transferred to an upgrade. Sad to see.
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  • Some go to the IRS
    Joe
    We've hired quite a few 55 to 60 yr olds at the IRS the past several years. For many of them it was to work the 5 yr minimum at age 60 to retire with fed health insurance for life.
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  • 5 years for medical
    Moderate
    I believe that is true with any government agency.
    worker
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