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Show me the money ...

One can’t help but notice when delving a bit deeper into the rankings in the “best places” survey recently released by the Partnership for Public Service that among the top 10 “best” large agencies (as ranked by employees), most also ranked in the top 10 for pay satisfaction.

While pay is certainly a major factor in why an agency a good place to work, is it the most important? What would you say is the most important factor? Pay? Promotion potential? Life-work balance?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Sep 07, 2010 at 4:02 PM


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Mon, Sep 13, 2010

It doesn't always equal out - HUD is tied for last (31st) in employee satisfaction, yet is ranked 13th in pay... Now that's weird...

Thu, Sep 9, 2010

Gross pay is irrelevant, or close to it. What counts is what is left after living and commuting expenses. That is why I live and work in nice cheap fly-over country, with a ten-minute commute, rather than chase promotions in DC or any other large expensive city. More time at home, less stress, and more money in my pocket. I hate playing 'the game' and wearing ties anyway.

Thu, Sep 9, 2010 Dirk NWFL

I believe priorities are a matter of an individual's circumstances. I am close to retirement so my priorities are Life-Work Balance, Pay, Promotion Potential. For someone just starting their professional career I would think their priorities might be different - Promotion potential, pay, life-work balance. But, again priorities would be driven by individual circumstances.

Wed, Sep 8, 2010 Jack

I work for cbp. Two comments: 1) were it NOT for the money, most of 50% of everyone I've known over the years in this outfit would be working in another agency for less money and, 2) even with good money, these same people would accept employment at a lower paygrade to get away from unreasonable managers. So.....it seems good pay is not commensurate with job satisfaction. That said, we're well-paid. We're also treated like dirt in many locations by inept managers who were promoted too fast based on virtually everything but capability and people skills. I believe the most important factor of any job is the opportunity of an employee to earn 'respect' from peers and management and then for management to render unbiased due respect to employees in their charge when it's appropriate. I also believe one of the main reasons DHS-CBP (and probably BP as well) job-satisfaction is in the tank is because officers tasked with protecting the country are not respected by managers at GS14 and higher. Too much lip service and not enough substance. Life-Work balance is a moot point when there is no Work-Respect balance and promotion potential isn't as important as it could be when it's not based on talent. DHS is really screwed up.

Wed, Sep 8, 2010

I feel that the way an employee is treated and values #1 And the promotion potential being #2 Job satisfaction being #3 With pay and benefits being #4 You can't spend the money you make if your so stressed out by coworkers and management that you have medical issues that kill you or damage you so that you are forced out on a medical

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