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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1140 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 4:26pm »
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I'd appreciate it if someone (current or previous tenants, or basically anyone who knows) can comment on the overall condition of the Southern Towers on Seminary Blvd.:
 
- Any public transportation (bus, DASH, Metro) stops within walking distance?
 
- Acceptable management?
- Acceptable maintenance?
- Any other info useful to a potential tenant?
 
I am looking for a 1-BR unit, and I found that its rent is within my expectation.  
 
Thanks.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1141 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 4:28pm »
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I'd appreciate it if someone (current or previous tenants, or basically anyone who knows) can comment on the overall condition of the Southern Towers on Seminary Blvd.:
 
- Any public transportation (bus, DASH, Metro) stops within walking distance?
 
- Acceptable management?
- Acceptable maintenance?
- Any other info useful to a potential tenant?
 
I am looking for a 1-BR unit, and I found that its rent is within my expectation.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1142 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 5:57pm »
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"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."
 
Sometimes they misplace critical files!  I know of an employee who accepted a position early 2007, filled out the necessary paperwork, and even confirmed employment a month later only to arrive the first day of work and find out that HR claimed that this employee actually denied the offer (which is completely incorrect)!  Many others have had documents pertaining to employment lost by HR as well.
 
As for the job, take everything you hear with a grain of salt.  Yes, the USPTO will pay for law school after 2 years, but be prepared to have funding cut with little warning (I believe this occured sometime around 2003 with maybe a month or two warning).  Also, certain individuals (with power to change this policy) do not approve of the law school tuition program.  However, the USPTO is likely to double the amount they spend on off-duty technical training.
 
Also, the recruitment incentives are likely to broaden.  Currently it is offered only to EE, CompEng, and CS, but is rumored to expand to perhaps chemical/biotech areas.  This is worth asking about, as it does not seem likely to be retroactive.
 
No matter what, do your research.  The USPTO is in massive hiring mode in many areas, but the 1-2 year attrition rate is around 50%, and something around 10% for more experienced employees.  Overall, most of the new examiners I know enjoy the job.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1143 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 8:42pm »
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on Jul 18th, 2007, 5:57pm, Some Examiner wrote:

As for the job, take everything you hear with a grain of salt.  Yes, the USPTO will pay for law school after 2 years, but be prepared to have funding cut with little warning (I believe this occured sometime around 2003 with maybe a month or two warning).  Also, certain individuals (with power to change this policy) do not approve of the law school tuition program.  However, the USPTO is likely to double the amount they spend on off-duty technical training.

 
They will keep this program for at least as long as they are in such a massive hiring mode.  It is one of the major perks they use to attract people.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1144 on: Jul 18th, 2007, 9:05pm »
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Does anyone know if you were once a primary examiner and you left the PTO, then later decide to come back.  Would you still retain your stamp or would you have to get recertified?
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