(Closed) Bad Things About a Government Job

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I work for the county government and my boss got all of the assistants candy today.  I was actually a little jealous.  Smile  We always have birthday cakes on people’s birthdays too – our receptionst usually makes it. 

You must just have a very not fun government job!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I work for the feds, and we have coffee and birthday parties and celebrate Administrative Professional’s Day. My office is super laid back though.  What government do you work for? Fed? State? Local?

Post # 6
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864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you work as a fed or a contractor in a federal job everytime congress has a b*tch fit and threatens to shut down the government you don’t know if you will be paid or not. That sucks.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

My state is so hostile right now it really sucks for the government employees.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Boston Bee:  I agree – my job has all of that stuff, too. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Seriously being a gov employee sucks!!! There are no perks and the benefits aren’t that great. There is so much red tape that you want to rip your hair out most days.

We aren’t allowed to have parties, showers or anything on work time. It’s just a miserable place.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hmm I work for the federal govt and we have all those things…well I mean it’s out of our own pockets, we all chip in for birthdays or whatever, but still.

What sucks si the people who make all the government employee rumors true. I’m a govt employee for four years but am in a new office now and I hate to say it but so many of the people are just completley incompetent.

What kicks ass though is the early release on holidays, never working overtime, and getting paid the few times I do! Love having a work life balance

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve been a federal employee for years and my office is pretty horrendous. No parties, no extras (not even with our own money), my boss disapproves leave often, no maternity leave (I can only use 6 weeks of my own sick/annual leave), lots of bureaucracy. So many people are very incompetent too! It’s like the bottom of the barrel syndrome where all the good/competent people leave and all the bad people stay on and can’t get fired. There’s no reward for doing good work (no bonuses or even free perks offered, not even praise) and there’s no reward for bad work either.

We aren’t allowed to telework (it’s by managerial discretion), so it’s not like they even care about our work/life balance either.

Not all fed jobs are like this though, I do have friends who love their bosses and offices.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We have most of those things. Granted not on work time, but we all contribute to a “social fund” and have a vending machine that we get to keep the profit and deposit from cans on that we use to buy kitchen supplies and stuff.  But… It’s there anyway. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@JustMarriedinDC:  “no maternity leave (I can only use 6 weeks of my own sick/annual leave)”

Wait, what?  I thought all government employees can get the twelve weeks under FMLA?

Post # 14
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688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@AprilJo2011:  They have to allow you to take that time and not get rid of your job. But you have to use your own leave or leave without pay for it.

It actually really sucks

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@AprilJo2011 Well yes we get 12 weeks under FMLA but it’s UNPAID. And it’s not like we’re paid that much to begin with so 6 paychecks would be missed by my bank account.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Seaside:  Wow, yes that does suck!  Darling Husband tried to convince me how great it would be if I worked for the city, because he thinks it will be so much more family friendly than the job I have now. Uhm, I don’t think so.

At least right now, I get 6 weeks at half pay, can add two weeks unpaid, and then can add accumulated vacation time. Also, I can negotiate a flexible work schedule, e.g. work from home for a little while.

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