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Social Security Administration Reviews

Updated 9 November 2014
Updated 9 November 2014
217 Reviews
3.2
217 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great if you don't care about salary (in 17 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, Great work environment, Overtime availability pending budget, Option to work credit hours (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget Issues cut my position after being informed it would continue for a year (in 6 reviews)

  • 500 (I don't understand the arguments that federal employees make out better than private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Claims Taker

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Decent pay and good benefits. Great coworkers and it's a position that allows you to help people who truly need help.

    Cons

    Training takes awhile. GSA/SSA don't offer free parking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hearing Monitor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Hearing Monitor in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Social Security Administration part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It pays really well. Scheduling is done easily as long as you can get a contract. You get to work with some really renown Admin Law Judges and attorneys.

    Cons

    Because Im under contract, there's no upward mobility. Its often times really dull. The work is repetitive. It's a great job for someone like me who is in college.

  3.  

    My experience was great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    The pay was great and the hours were flexible

    Cons

    The production were sometime impossible to meet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge on a case by case

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  5.  

    SSA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    There is generous paid time off.

    Cons

    Budget issues. No room to grow or advance anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using the excess money at the end of the fiscal year on useless items just so you claim all the money was spent and needed. The government needs to find a better way to use this money rather than going on a shopping spree on the taxpayer's dime. Employee evaluation system also needs to be updated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great government agency if you wan to go into civil service.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Social Security Administration

    Pros

    People, training, working for the government gives a sense of safety. Work-life balance good.

    Cons

    growth difficult in government hierarchy, salary based on time not potential. Reason work-life balance is so good is that you cannot bring much work home. Sometimes that is undesirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down old ways of doing things. Adopt newer workplace practices to attract younger candidates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out of it what you put into it. It can be a good career, if you want it to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claims Representative
    Former Employee - Claims Representative

    I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Number one reason is the pay--claims reps are well compensated for their work. They start off well paid and have regular scheduled raises. Very generous leave as well. Good health care benefits.

    Cons

    Over the past 8 years, SSA seems to believe that replacing people with computers is the solution to all its problems. The workforce is demoralized. Pension is not so good now that all new employees (since 1983) are under Social Security--I guess that is only fair but even the employees know that Social Security is a rip-off pension. Heavy workloads is most offices (but still some employees do very little work--they will never get fired, so why bother?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I personally think the creation of " technical expert" job was a mistake. I never wanted to be in management but I did get a lot of satisfaction out of mentoring new employees and conducting training--once we got a "technical expert" I was never given these opportunities again because that was the "tech expert" job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    DDS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disability Examiner in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Disability Examiner in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours; there is extensive training

    Cons

    a lot of writing all day. answers or assessments are not black and white and are often gray.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    High Levels of Employee Despair

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Insurance Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Social Insurance Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good place for those without high levels of education who just want a paycheck without working too hard. Flexible work hours, guaranteed time off, high salaries for non-professionals, guaranteed employment.

    Cons

    Very disfunctional. Poor management. Culture of low expectations and achievement. Limited promotional potential. Quality work not expected or recognized. Just a very sad work environment. High levels of employee despair. Employees not empowered. Not a good option for professionals who want to satisfy thier potential. Management promotes poor performers just to get them out of that department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be promoted based on merit, not "time in grade" or who they know. Should share information and authority down the line and not ignore employee advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Attorney work for the Social Security Administration is not real attorney work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Attorney Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Social Security Administration full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Federal benefits are great. Automatic pay increases are clearly explained. We were allowed to dress business casual every day since we never left our cubicles.

    Cons

    The work is boring and monotonous. You'll be doing the same work in year 15 as you do on your first day. It's not real attorney work so the longer you stay, the more pigeon-holed you become.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My direct supervisor stopped speaking to me after I disagreed (as did all the other writers) during a writers meeting. The management was childish, uncommunicative, and ineffective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ssa experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Security Administration full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    there is a lot of upward mobility

    Cons

    there is a lot of micromanaging

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