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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1110 on: Jul 12th, 2007, 9:46am »
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As it currently stands, you cannot join the telework program until you're a GS-12.  You need at least 2 yrs of experience to participate.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1111 on: Jul 12th, 2007, 10:00am »
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According to POPA's latest newsletter (popa dot org), the USPTO ranks 172 out of 222 government agencies on the "best places to work" scale.  As they point out, this means that 77 % of govt insitutions have higher worker satisfaction than the PTO.
 
They have a breakdown of survey results that shows what examiners like and dislike about the institution.  This may be useful for people.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1112 on: Jul 12th, 2007, 11:29am »
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take POPA's statements with the same grain of salt that you take management's with...  POPA is consistently hostile towards management, and speaks of everything in generally negative terms.  Conversely, management makes everything seem sunnier than it is...  They've got the whole traditional thesis+antithesis=synthesis theory operating...
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1113 on: Jul 12th, 2007, 1:01pm »
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The data that POPA is re-printing in its article comes from the OPM (Office of Personnel Managment) annual federal human capital survey.  In other words, it doesn't come from POPA at all.  The OPM is completely independent of the PTO (management or union).  You can find the original online without going to the POPA site.  
 
It's the OPM study that ranks 77% of the Fed govt institutions higher than the PTO in terms of worker satisfaction.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1114 on: Jul 12th, 2007, 1:08pm »
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The rankings are available on 3ws dot bestplacestowork dot org:
 
rankings->agency subcomponents-> USPTO is #172
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