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FEMA aims to support citizens and first responders to ensure that the nation works together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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#1 Posted : Thursday, November 12, 2015 11:36:05 AM(UTC)

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I am DoD and recently saw a job that is perfect for me and my talents... at FEMA. I only know one person who works there and would love to have some more opinions. What is the work quality of life there? Are people happy? Is the direction from the top good and consistent? Any other inside tidbits would be appreciated. I have only ever been DoD so don't have much to compare it with. thanks.
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#2 Posted : Friday, December 04, 2015 11:14:49 AM(UTC)
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I think it depends on many factors. FEMA is a large agency with many departments/divisions/bureaus/etc. I don't work for FEMA-never have. But I am back in school studying Emergency Management and may very well be applying to FEMA some day. My current agency is voted one of the best places in the FED to work but my division is not satisfying at all. It's very unprofessional and in dire need of a good "house cleaning." But yet some of my counterparts in other divisions love the agency.
The best I can offer is this: My neighbor recently retired from the FED. She spent much of her career with FEMA. She said she enjoyed the job and the team and the environment but it was such that they were kind of always "on call." She said there was no such thing as a 40 hour week and it was very common to get calls in the middle of night/weekends/holidays/etc. to report to work. SHe said it was very hectic and very fast paced. I don't know if that applies to all of FEMA but I would think that if you can handle that type of environment, it might be a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you want the typical 9-5 gig, maybe FEMA isn't the right move?
Hope that helps a little at least.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:28:33 AM(UTC)

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Depends on what you consider a good place to work. In my opinion...No FEMA is NOT a good place to work. It was one of the most disorganized, cluster-F's of an agency that I have ever worked in.....and I've worked for a lot of them. FEMA employees are broken into several categories which is good/bad....their org chart is all over the place, and the only thing they give 2 sh**s about is disaster response. And YES I know that is their mission, but it is apparent having worked here for a while now that disaster response has come at the cost of the operations of running FEMA internally. Another problem I have is that all employees are deployable to disasters....even unvoluntarily sometimes. Much like the military...you get orders...you go. This could be a week, a month, or a year...depends on the disaster. The upside is you often get OT, but that usually only lasts the first few weeks after which point they make you work the typical 40 but your still away from home and family.

If you are in to that type of lifestyle and/or perhaps single, then FEMA might be a good fit for you. If you are not, like organization, efficiency....then do NOT take a job with FEMA. I'm desperately trying to get out.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:59:40 AM(UTC)
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I think FEMA's mission makes it unique and different compared to other agencies. Here are some good places to read more from people who work there:

https://www.glassdoor.co.../FEMA-Reviews-E41316.htm
http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Fema/reviews
http://www.indeed.com/cm...gency-%28fema%29/reviews

The overall impression is it depends on what you will be doing at FEMA, whether you like to travel and work crazy hours, and what specific office you work in, as well as if you feel closely connected to the mission of FEMA, which would outweigh and drawbacks.

Also, Best Places to Work ranked the various departments and agencies in a variety of terms and created an overall ranking. DHS itself is one of the lowest ranking departments and FEMA is almost dead last in sub-agency rankings. I work in education, however, and have a LOT of things to complain about any type of ranking (they exist to be popular and make money, they don't cover every aspect of what's being ranked, they don't consider any variety that exists within the organization itself, etc.). Here is that website:

http://bestplacestowork....PTW/rankings/detail/HS18

With all of this, I still REALLY want to work for FEMA. Goodluck to you!

Hope this helps!
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#5 Posted : Thursday, May 19, 2016 8:26:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: di5c05Up2fLy Go to Quoted Post
I think it depends on many factors. FEMA is a large agency with many departments/divisions/bureaus/etc. I don't work for FEMA-never have. But I am back in school studying Emergency Management and may very well be applying to FEMA some day. My current agency is voted one of the best places in the FED to work but my division is not satisfying at all. It's very unprofessional and in dire need of a good "house cleaning." But yet some of my counterparts in other divisions love the agency.
The best I can offer is this: My neighbor recently retired from the FED. She spent much of her career with FEMA. She said she enjoyed the job and the team and the environment but it was such that they were kind of always "on call." She said there was no such thing as a 40 hour week and it was very common to get calls in the middle of night/weekends/holidays/etc. to report to work. SHe said it was very hectic and very fast paced. I don't know if that applies to all of FEMA but I would think that if you can handle that type of environment, it might be a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you want the typical 9-5 gig, maybe FEMA isn't the right move?
Hope that helps a little at least.


If you are trying to go EM when you done with college work. Dont do it at FEMA unless you get MERS position like Operations Specialist or working in DC for FEMA. Plenty of other agencies that offer EM jobs that are much better.
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#6 Posted : Friday, August 05, 2016 6:54:00 AM(UTC)
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It is not one of the best, I am sure there are worse. I agree with TaylorCS78's assessment regarding organization; it is sad. If you are a reservist, it can be great. It is much more organized than within the office. If you require daily mental stimulation, it's not for you. When you're busy, you're busy, when it's not....disaster drives everything. If you are not in a disaster-laden region....
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:04:28 PM(UTC)
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Not a mundane 9 to 5, a challenging and fast paced environment, always on call, morning, noon, day, or night,if they have an appreciation for employees who are intelligent informative and creatively innovating, FEMA is the ideal place for me.
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