The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Surface Transportation Board top the list of best places to work in the federal government.
The Partnership for Public Service released this year’s rankings today, based on responses from the Office of Personnel Management’s Employee Viewpoint Survey. The rankings reflect feds’ perception of leadership, work/life balance and teamwork. The survey also asked employees if they would recommend others to work at their agency.
After ranking number one for the past two years, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was bumped to number two this year by FDIC. FDIC was also the most improved large agency, followed by the Office of Personnel Management.
The Surface Transportation Board remains at the top of the small agency list, as it has for the past two years.
This year, the most federal employees ever — 266,000 employees — gave feedback for the survey, said John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership, in an interview with Federal News Radio.
In all, the rankings include 33 large agencies, 34 small agencies and 240 agency subcomponents.
The rankings are a way for federal managers to reflect on their employees’ perceptions and make changes, Palguta said.
“The bottom line is satisfaction, employee engagement [is] not set in stone,” he said. “There are things agencies can do to influence it for the better, and certainly there are challenges down the road that will make it more challenging.”
Federal employees are amidst a two-year pay freeze. Interestingly, governmentwide satisfaction stayed relatively unchanged from last year. Agencies on the whole scored 64 out of 100 on employee satisfaction and commitment, down from 65 last year.