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gailbuf  
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:39:01 PM(UTC)
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what field are you in? How are the benefits at MITRE corporation? I'm in IT, working for DFAS. I started as a contractor and had no benefits at all. Was fortunate to apply for a position on USAJOBs and it was in the group I worked in. I have been a fed employee since September and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to become a fed employee.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, February 08, 2018 9:07:21 AM(UTC)
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I am DoD GS-7 the pay sucks and I will more than likely will be leaving to work as a contractor for the Veterans Affairs. my pay will increase from $44,461 to $73,230 and $2,000 relocation expenses back to my hometown. As a contractor I will be getting full benefits and 10 paid federal holidays.
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Only you can decide what means the most to you. I can tell you this: I guarantee your contractor company does not have a defined pension plan (and a 401k is not a defined pension plan). The Govt has not only a pension, but the TSP (our version of a 401k), tremendous insurance and great benefits. AND 2 words: job security. What happens if you quit and move away and in 6 months the contractor loses the contract? i know you are a current fed so i assume you are aware of the above but think long term and not just the current pay. i have 33 years in and in a year, i'll be old enough (but still VERY young relatively speaking) to retire with a very nice pension, and a fat TSP. My sister, who works for a contractor and is several years older, has no forecast retirement date because her company does not match her 401k and they have no pension. i assume you are young but i'm just sharing experience from someone on the back end of this thing and i'm SO grateful i never jumped ship for a little more money (and i could have many times). The govt has paid for 2 master's degrees for me (both of which i was able to get going full time while getting full salary) -- something no contractor on earth would do.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:10:12 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: FedCivServ Go to Quoted Post
Only you can decide what means the most to you. I can tell you this: I guarantee your contractor company does not have a defined pension plan (and a 401k is not a defined pension plan). The Govt has not only a pension, but the TSP (our version of a 401k), tremendous insurance and great benefits. AND 2 words: job security. What happens if you quit and move away and in 6 months the contractor loses the contract? i know you are a current fed so i assume you are aware of the above but think long term and not just the current pay. i have 33 years in and in a year, i'll be old enough (but still VERY young relatively speaking) to retire with a very nice pension, and a fat TSP. My sister, who works for a contractor and is several years older, has no forecast retirement date because her company does not match her 401k and they have no pension. i assume you are young but i'm just sharing experience from someone on the back end of this thing and i'm SO grateful i never jumped ship for a little more money (and i could have many times). The govt has paid for 2 master's degrees for me (both of which i was able to get going full time while getting full salary) -- something no contractor on earth would do.


Just to interject--it all depends on the contractor. I worked for Deloitte, among other contractor firms, in the past before I went fed, and they do offer a pension along with a 401k (though their 401k match isn't as good as the government's), and offer sponsorship for graduate degrees. If I had stayed my entire career at Deloitte, I could retire in my mid 50s with a salary likely in the $300-800k range, a very fat pension, and a good 401k.

Based on the contractors I've worked at, I'd say the government's major advantage is primarily just job security (and even that isn't really a factor at the major contractors such as Deloitte), there are two other contracting firms besides Deloitte I've worked at that have benefits just as good as the government's and a much, much higher salary ceiling.

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habu987  
#5 Posted : Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:46:20 AM(UTC)
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Oh, sure, not every contractor is a Deloitte. Prior to my time at Deloitte, I worked for one that was one of those low paying body shops.

I just was pointing out that you can't paint every federal contractor with the same broad brush that they're all low paying body shops.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:27:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: habu987 Go to Quoted Post
Oh, sure, not every contractor is a Deloitte. Prior to my time at Deloitte, I worked for one that was one of those low paying body shops.

I just was pointing out that you can't paint every federal contractor with the same broad brush that they're all low paying body shops.


I agree with you... speaking with some of our contractors, they have nice packages. I normally speak with the IT folks, so that might be the reason.

I personally know at least one that decided to stay a contractor when offered a gov't job. He explained his package and pay and decided to stay a contractor. But then, he is a walking book... guy knows his stuff.... and the company rewards him for it. He might not be a good example of the average contractor. We had to let one go a couple of weeks ago... LOL

Sorry and great people on both sides of the fence.

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