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FEMA is a government Agency that was founded in 1979 through an executive order by President Jimmy Carter. On March 1, 2003, FEMA came under the Department of Homeland Security. It has the capacity to coordinate within the federal government to make sure America is equipped to prepare for disasters. Mission of the FEMA is to help and cooperate people before, during and after disasters. FEMA has program offices and regional offices located across the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. FEMA has 10 regional offices located throughout the nation employing more than 20,000 employees whereas the workforce can increase up to 50,000 active members during major disasters. When disaster strikes, FEMA supports survivors and responds to save communities throughout the nation. The company even publishes newsletters contains information for emergency management and region-specific material for the general public. FEMA faces challenges on a routine basis with skilled and knowledgeable, workforce.

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Large
Multiple locations
Executive Offices Companies, Public Administration
1979
Jason McNamara
What departments FEMA employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
other occupation43.9%
Management - Other18.7%
Computer / IT11.5%
Administrative8.4%
Management Analysts7.8%
Business Operations - Other6.5%
Chief Executives3.1%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do FEMA employees have before joining?
Years of experience at FEMA: Newcomers: 21%, Experiencers: 16%, Experts: 19%, Veterans: 44%. FEMA employees have 8+ years experience on average before joining.
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Where did FEMA employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before FEMA: American Red Cross, AmeriCorps NCCC, Peace Corps. Typical FEMA employees have worked at American Red Cross.
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American Red Cross
AmeriCorps NCCC
Peace Corps
What industries did FEMA employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of FEMA: Public Administration, Executive Offices Companies, National Security, Colleges / Universities, Social Advocacy Organizations. FEMA employees most likely come from a Public Administration industry background.
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Where did FEMA employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at FEMA: Small: 31%, Medium: 12%, Large: 57%. Most FEMA employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at FEMA study?
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Where did employees at FEMA study?
American Military University
Community College of the Air Force
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at FEMA?
Time employed at FEMA: <1: 8%, 1-3: 36%, 4-8: 24%, 9-13: 19%, 14-20: 8%, 20+: 5%. Most FEMA employees stay with the company for 1-3 years which is less than the industry average.
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How does FEMA rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at FEMA: 65.5% Male and 34.5% Female. Age ratio at FEMA: 16-20: 0%, 21-30: 33%, 31-40: 31%, 41-50: 16%, 51-60: 12%, 60+: 8%. FEMA rates - 6.5% less female than the industry average. Most FEMA employees are 21-30, which is below the industry median age range.
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Career advancement

How does FEMA rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at FEMA: medium. FEMA ranks medium for career advancement which is above the industry average.
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Client Account Assistant
December 1, 2022
Fun , exalarating
5.0
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5
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5
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5
Work-Life balance
5
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5
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Assistant disaster assistance. Reaching out to help their home, financial support. Home support, health insurance.

Pros and Cons
Friendly office
Wear mask
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Strike team member
Baton Rouge, LA - September 10, 2022
Strike team Support
4.2
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4
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5
Salary & Benefits
5
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4
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3
Culture and Values
The responsibility for our team was to find locations to establish temporary housing. I found the work rewarding and would do it again.

Pros and Cons
Work that benefits the public in their time of need
Often times workhours were excessive, but necessary
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Field Interviewer
Houston, TX - August 19, 2022
Hardwork and Long Hours
3.6
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4
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
The position was for assisting those that were affected by tropical storm Allison, took photos interview clientele's provided information they are needing on incentives. The procession was on contract until the disaster was over with.

Pros and Cons
We were provided with food and drinks
You know how the government is
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Validation Specialist
Gulfport, MS - February 21, 2022
Working with a balance of growth and professionalism
3.8
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5
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5
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3
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2
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
I’ve Always wanted a successful career, but with success comes sacrifice. I’ve learned that consistency and hunger for more keeps you motivated to work and keep working.

Pros and Cons
Working for this company is very comfortable because you can work at your own pace and be efficient.
Mostly it’s the constant changes being made. But that’s not bad.
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Indexer, Processor
Stephenson, VA - June 1, 2021
Fun and friendly
4.2
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Inbound calls.. Register/ Process information for individuals who have damages to/loss of their home due to hurricane related conditions..

Pros and Cons
Helping people in need
Seasonal Work
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Safety and Security Manager
Washington, DC - May 5, 2021
Every day is different
4.4
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Your duties might include serving in a command center and having access to top level national interest event information. Or writing plans or policies. Or helping Americans by working at a disaster - which of course includes travel. Or developing and facilitating emergency exercises including working with the leaders of state and federal agencies. Or serving on committees in the nation's Capitol with membership from numerous other government agencies.

Pros and Cons
Incredible opportunity to network with and learn about other government agencies
Long hours during natural disaster responses, but that is what the job is about
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Supply Unit Leader Logistic Technician
Bothell, WA - March 24, 2021
Great Government job
3.6
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3
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
FEMA was a wonderful opportunity for me and my young family in my 20s. Though the deployments can put a strain on personal relations it was a good opportunity.

Pros and Cons
Great pay and benefits
Long hours, deployments away from home.
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gender breakdown at FEMA?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
gender ratio is 34.5% female, 65.5% male.
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When was FEMA established?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
1979.
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What industry does FEMA fall under?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Government/Civil Service/Military.
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Where is the headquarters of FEMA?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
It’s in Washington, DC.
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What companies are similar to FEMA?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
American Red Cross, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Department of Defense, USDA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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What’s the name of FEMA’s CEO?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Jason McNamara.
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What’s the average length of tenure at FEMA?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Typically 1-3 year(s).
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How often do employees get promoted at FEMA ?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
advancement opportunities are medium
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What size of companies did FEMA employees used to work for?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Most worked for large businesses before.
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving FEMA?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, GSA, Self Employed, US Army, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Who are the top previous employers of FEMA employees?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
from what i found these companies American Red Cross, AmeriCorps NCCC, Peace Corps, United States Air Force, US Army, U.S. Coast Guard, US Department of Homeland Security, US Navy.
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How old are FEMA’s employees in general?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
around 21-30, 31-40.
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Where did most of FEMA employees go to school?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
American Military University, Community College of the Air Force, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland-University College, University of Phoenix-Utah.
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I've heard many positions here require relocaion & extensive travel🙆
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9 months ago
It depends on your position and your team🙂
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9 months ago
Well, traveling is not for every1 but it’s part of the deal when you work for FEMA
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what r their services??!
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8 months ago
they provide shelter, food, and emergency supplies to ppl who need them. They also have service animals and pets support 🙂
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8 months ago
well, they have different programs for individuals and households, governments, and private nonprofits..
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Federal employees really enjoy perks of being here including health insurance, life insurance, retirement, 10 paid holidays/yr, vacation time, training & career development, and survivor benefits 😎
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8 months ago
I especially like their health & life insurance options!!
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8 months ago
Yup, FEMA's got the goods when it comes to benefits🙌
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It might not B a highest paying workplace but the rewards are in what you're actually doing fulfillment in tasks assigned n meeting & speaking with all walks of life TBH 😊
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9 months ago
the biggest thing one can enjoy is travel opportunities! it's the best adventure tbh 😍
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9 months ago
That’s priceless
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I’m interested in working 4 FEMA but I dont know how 2 apply or what qualifications they need. Can anybody lmk more about their hiring process & requirements? Thx
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8 months ago
Well, it seems like U have 2 b very qualified & competitive 2 get hired🤔
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8 months ago
I’m a recent graduate & applied 4 a role here through their Pathways Program. Their qualifications r designed 4 ppl like me who want 2 start a career in public service
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I applied 4 a job at FEMA a few months ago & I’m still waiting 4 a response Their hiring process seems very slow & complicated ;/
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9 months ago
the process varies..sometimes it takes too early & sometimes a bit late..
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9 months ago
I applied for reservist through their website & got hired quickly😇
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New hire update; i just found Telework (mobile work) is offered here with forward-thinking telework policies and a nimble IT environment, allowing you to do work and access IT resources anywhere, anytime😎
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8 months ago
Well, Telework isnt all that it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you can work from anywhere, but you also have to deal with IT issues, distractions, and isolation...amiri8?
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8 months ago
woah, it's one of the best things i have here 😎
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What questions they ask in interview here 🙆
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8 months ago
why I wanted to work at FEMA and what motivated me? how I handled working with some1 who was not performing up to expectations, etc
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8 months ago
questions vary depending on the position u apply for..
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Wondering about salary ranges here 🙆
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8 months ago
FEMA pays well depending on your position and experience !
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8 months ago
It depends on what you do and where you work bcoz FEMA has different pay scales for different regions and roles
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While working here, U have 2 be ready 2 work hard & face some tough situation & be adaptable n resilient. It’s not a 9-to-5 job, its a lifestyle. But its also very rewarding & fulfilling
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8 months ago
That sounds awesome 2 me! 🤩 I love a challenge & a variety..!
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8 months ago
I used 2 work here but I quit after a few yrs. It was too much 4 me 2 handle tbh..
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Just wondeirng about 'WorkLife4You' program that they offer...what's included IN it ?! 🤔
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9 months ago
Hey - I've not heard about it btw 🙆
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9 months ago
thru this prog, they provide me with a lot of services that enhance my work & life quality 🥰
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Just curious to know about their orientatin process ...how it works🙆
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8 months ago
BTW, I heard their orientation process is very selective and competitive🙆
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8 months ago
Orientation is kinda boring tbh 😏
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I've heard fema hosts various various seminars fr career opportunities 🤔
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8 months ago
idk, i applied thru diff mean🤷
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8 months ago
did u attend any seminar??🙂
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I'm wondering to know what kind of career opportunities r being offered here🙆
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8 months ago
you can check out their website to know about it.. :)
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8 months ago
public assistance program delivery mgr, grant mgmt specialist, program analyst, accountant etc
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FEMA is a place with diverse society where they hire ppl tru different hiring paths from ppl with disabilities, veterans & military spouses to recent graduates 🥰
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8 months ago
I’m a veteran & I joined FEMA last yr
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8 months ago
eh sometimes U have 2 deal with a lot of red tape & bureaucracy🤔
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I've seen ppl complaining about advancement opportunities here but it's not kinda hard afaic,... I've worked here for 10 yrs & during that time, I've applied for two promotions and I've received two promotions 😇
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9 months ago
I’ve been trying to get promoted for 3 yrs but no luck
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9 months ago
Wow, congrats! I’m new here and Im hoping to advance as well :)
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For me, the work here's very fulfilling bcoz your main job is to help others😌
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8 months ago
That’s nice, but do u get paid well?
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8 months ago
I agree, it’s very fulfilling !!!
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I love that they care their employees acc to their needs by offering programs like child care subsidies to assist lower income families in paying for childcare AND Transit subsidies to pay mass transit costs to ppl when commuting to and from work 🥰
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8 months ago
it really makes a diff for those of us commuting to work! 🏌
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8 months ago
BTW, is it offered to all employees ?🤔
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I just explored that FEMA employs more than 20,000 ppl nationwide😮
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8 months ago
That’s a lot of people
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8 months ago
FEMA is one of the best federal agencies to work for !!
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Afaic, the ppl working here r very diverse coming from so many different professional backgrounds 🙆
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9 months ago
thhey believe in diversity; YOU. me. us 🥰
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9 months ago
IT'S GR8 AMOUNT OF DIVERSITY YOU CAN FOUND HERE!!
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