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JakeMondatta
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #600 on: Sep 14th, 2006, 6:33am »
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Why is turnover so high?  Is it because examiners keep leaving for good jobs with law firms or is it because morale is low?
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« Reply #601 on: Sep 14th, 2006, 6:53am »
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I don't think either of those tells the full story.
 
A significant amount of the turnover is from people who leave during their first year or so because they find out they don't like the job, that they cannot do the job at the required production rate, or that the relentless quest for production is too stressful.
 
There are those more senior examiners who take a promotion which includes a production goal that they cannot meet.    
 
I wouldn't call any of those things morale problems per se, but I wouldn't expect the mood of people with those issues to be particularly cheerful.
 
But at the firm I work at there are several ex-examiners who left simply because they found better paying gigs.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #602 on: Sep 14th, 2006, 8:03am »
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Interesting.  What are the hours like for a first-year examiner?  Are they comparable to a first year associate at a DC law firm?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #603 on: Sep 14th, 2006, 9:03am »
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Generally speaking the hours for a 1st year examiner are not an issue.  Examiners at G-7 and below are not allowed to work unpaid overtime and are expected to do whatever production is required in 40 hours a week.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #604 on: Sep 14th, 2006, 9:15am »
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Are the production quotas such that only the superhuman can do the job and attend law school part time... or is this reasonable for someone who is very interested in doing it?
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