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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1135 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 6:43am »
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on Jul 17th, 2007, 8:44pm, Mickey8675309 wrote:
Also, I did not read anything about relocation expenses or being invited for a USPTO-sponsored interview.

 
The USPTO doesn't pay relocation expenses or sponsor interviews (assuming sponsor includes paying the travel expenses).  
 
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« Reply #1136 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 9:23am »
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on Jul 16th, 2007, 11:50pm, iSee wrote:

 
I appreciate your suggestion on Foxchase.  
 
I did a search on Foxchase to see its reviews by its tenants. Foxchase has a 41% "Overall Rating". Lots of complaints by the tenants.
 
What do you guys think of the truthfulness of these reviews? Are they real? How else can we go by?

 
The reviews are real, but apartments and situations, even within a particular complex, vary. I'd highly recommend visiting potential sites in person and/or starting off with a short term lease. I have a friend who lives at Foxchase--his small one-bedroom apartment runs him around $1100 and he's pretty happy with it (only rare bug problems), but warns about ones in the next building over.
 
The place I live is also lowly rated on ApartmentRatings (high rent, dog owners not cleaning up after their pets) but I've found the size-price-location tradeoff to be acceptable. I'd advise checking Craigslist for short-term leases and cross-referencing Google Maps and the WMATA/DASH maps.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1137 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 9:25am »
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on Jul 16th, 2007, 11:50pm, iSee wrote:

 
I appreciate your suggestion on Foxchase.  
 
I did a search on Foxchase to see its reviews by its tenants. Foxchase has a 41% "Overall Rating". Lots of complaints by the tenants.
 
What do you guys think of the truthfulness of these reviews? Are they real? How else can we go by?

 
I moved to foxchase almost 2 weeks ago. I was also skeptic of the 41 percent rating but thus far, I have been very pleased with my apartment. My apartment is right in the middle of the huge complex, but I think most of the complaints come from people living along or closer to duke st.  
 
The shuttle is great, can get crowded if you are on the 4th and 5th stop but i think they send two busses sometimes. They have been pretty much been all on time for the 2 weeks I've rode on it. It's very convinient for USPTO employees
 
You get 5% off your rent. I got the Deluxe One bed for 1058.30 and that is the most expensive of the one bedrooms. They have 4 prices for the 1 bedroom, depending on the one you get. the cheapest one is in the low 900's. The deluxe i have is more than enough space for just me, I actually started to think that I could've gone with the smaller apartment.  
 
My best advice is to take everything from the review sites with a grain a salt. I looked at most of the ratings overall and decided that the shuttle itself was worth it for me to come and look at foxchase. The place isn't perfect but for someone new to virginia and working at the pto, this is a great place to start. i plan on moving after a year not because of foxchase but i figure by then i will know the area well enough to go some where else.  
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1138 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 9:28am »
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on Jul 17th, 2007, 8:44pm, Mickey8675309 wrote:
I plan to apply through USAJobs, wait a few days, then start calling the supervisors for the units where I feel I'd be a good fit.  Is this the best way for someone on the other side of the country to go about it?

 
I'd recommend against calling supervisors. Go ahead and apply through USAJobs. If you don't hear back within a couple of months, contact Human Resources. HR does misplace files every so often, so you might have to call more than once. Worked for me.
 
The USPTO does not provide relocation expenses. Furthermore, to the best of my knoweldge, the USPTO does not request or offer in-person interviews. Coming down to Alexandria to scope out the place is still a good idea, however.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1139 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 9:34am »
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I haven't read any of the recent pages but for a newbie interested in the pto or academy.  
 
I started last week and have been happy thus far. The first 2 months are literally mapped out for you with exact times for lectures, lunches, etc etc. My class was the first class to recieve the bonus incentive of 5000 (for 4 years). This was for all majors and all GS Levels.  EE and COE are different and are still on their current incentive plan.
 
For those looking into foxchase. Please respond to my post (not email). If you decide to sign, I can refer you and get $200 taken off my rent. I'd be more than happy to split it and give you $100. But for privacy reasons, I'd rather not list my real e-mail.
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