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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1010 on: Jun 18th, 2007, 8:14pm »
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How common is it to get fired at the PTO for low production?  Does it happen to more like 1 out of 10 people, 1 of 100 or more like 1 out of 1000?
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« Reply #1011 on: Jun 18th, 2007, 8:20pm »
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How common is it to get fired at the PTO for low production?  Does it happen more to, like, a) 1 out of 5 people, b) 1 out 10 people, c) 1 out of 100 people or d) 1 out of 1000 people?
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« Reply #1012 on: Jun 18th, 2007, 8:21pm »
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sorry about the double posting.  i goofed.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1013 on: Jun 18th, 2007, 10:37pm »
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on Jun 18th, 2007, 8:20pm, qlf2 wrote:
How common is it to get fired at the PTO for low production?  Does it happen more to, like, a) 1 out of 5 people, b) 1 out 10 people, c) 1 out of 100 people or d) 1 out of 1000 people?

 
During probation, being fired is rare. The PTO has a way of letting you know what is coming if it becomes apparent that you can't do the job, so most just walk away. I've known tons that have left because they saw the writing on the wall. Getting fired from a gov't job means you won't be working in gov't again the rest of your life, btw.  
 
After probation you get warnings if you miss a quarter # (oral, written, then gone), so you know very well where you stand.  
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1014 on: Jun 19th, 2007, 8:11am »
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Yes it is true that the PTO was prosecting a former examiner.  You can also find the story in a recent POPA newsletter at popa-dot-org.
 
To the other posters - the PTO will fire anyone who doesn't meet production or quality standards.  It is just easier to fire someone who isn't producing while they are still in their probationary year(s) because there is less governmental red-tape. It takes longer to fire retained employees, but it happens on a fairly regular basis.   The PTO is an intellectual sweat shop, but that is the job . Production, production, production.  Love it, leave it, or they'll ask you to leave.  If you don't have illusions about what the job is, going in, then you'll be less likely to freak out about it once you are there.  Some people don't believe what current and former examiners have to say about the place.  There is a reason so much of it is negative.  It is not a job for everyone.  For some, it is the best place in the world. For others, it is a stepping stone to something else.
It is what you make of it.
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