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mandejapan
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1070 on: Jul 2nd, 2007, 9:22pm »
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hello bobloblaw, I'm not sure if that questionnaire is a big deal.  I've never heard anything or received any feedback about my answers from that.  I wonder if the hiring SPEs/Coordinators even look at that.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1071 on: Jul 2nd, 2007, 9:32pm »
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Hello Everyone,
 
So I finally received my formal offer over the phone today.  That means it took a little less than 3 weeks from when I submitted my electronic forms (HSPD-12, of306, etc) to receive the phone offer from the Human Resources Office.
 
I also learned something that might be great news to many.  There is a 'brand spankin new' recruitment incentive, as the HR guy put it.  He offered me a 5k yearly bonus for 4 years and I asked him what it was for.  I know it's at least for biomedical engineers and mechanical engineers, but I think he said it's for most engineers besides the EE/CE since they already have a nicer recruitment incentive.  After I talked to him for a little though I found out that he had to take that part of the offer back because I am currently a federal employee working for the Dept. of Defense.  Even though it's not written anywhere on their website, they are not allowed to give those recruitment incentives to present federal employees unless they have a break in service of at least 90 days...doesn't matter what agency or department they work for in the entire government.  You can still get it though if you're a contractor of the federal government.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1072 on: Jul 3rd, 2007, 1:51am »
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I'm a BioMed Eng, starting next Mon. I got an e-mail last Thurs informing me that I can get the 5k incentive, renewable for4 years.
 
I know the USPTO is all about production. Obviously, if you don't meet your production goal, you get warned and eventually fired. For someone starting out in the PTO, what is an expected production level after they finish the academy? Or how many cases would they need to proccess?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1073 on: Jul 3rd, 2007, 9:01am »
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Hi aa11bb22,
 
Did the email say anything specifically about what group of people are eligible for the new 5k recruitment incentive?  Just wondering...
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1074 on: Jul 3rd, 2007, 11:45am »
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mande,
 
Congratulations ! The waiting paid off.
 
I remember one of your previous posts says that we have similar timelines. However as of now, I still have not gotten that precious phone call yet.
 
Can you tell me if there is anything that you had done that might had helped to expedite the process? Such as calling the HR to check on the status a number of times?
 
When is your start day (PTA)?
 
Thanks!
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