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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1180 on: Jul 28th, 2007, 7:13pm »
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on Jul 26th, 2007, 7:12pm, applied wrote:
I read somewhere that for the first year during probation, your performance appraisal is not based on production. Then, what does PTO use as basis to promote a new hire after six months? Theoretically, he/she will still be attending the PTA.
 
A different question: Is getting the 6-month promotion a good idea? I presume that your production target number is much higher at GS-11 than at GS-9, thus you'll be risking the inability to achieve the target and hence your job as well. Am I right?  
 
Current patent examiners' experience on this and comments will be much appreciated.

 
Almost every promotion amounts to less money in the short term.
 
Suppose you're a GS-9, step 7 and you do the same amount of work as a GS-11.  If you bill overtime for that extra work you'll make quite a bit more money than a GS-11, step 4 doing the same amount of work.
 
The promotions are only worth taking if you want to get your own stamp, if you want to progress into management, if you plan to retire from the PTO, or if you are doing so much work at your current grade that you can bill max OT all the time.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1181 on: Jul 28th, 2007, 9:44pm »
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Aren't the promotions worth taking if you want to participate in hotelling or working from home too?  At least up to the GS 11 or 12 level, since you're required to be a GS 11 or 12 to participate?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1182 on: Jul 29th, 2007, 10:10pm »
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on Jul 28th, 2007, 9:44pm, mandejapan wrote:
Aren't the promotions worth taking if you want to participate in hotelling or working from home too?  At least up to the GS 11 or 12 level, since you're required to be a GS 11 or 12 to participate?

 
Yes, I stand corrected.  You technically need to be a GS-12 to hotel.  But, they're making most people wait to be a GS-13.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1183 on: Jul 31st, 2007, 1:10am »
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The apartment I am renting in Alexandria requires proof of personal liability insurance coverage of at least $50000. That's quite new to me. Is this customary in Virginia?
 
Anyone can suggest a name (and phone number) of an good insurance agency/agent in that area for such type of insurance? Hope the premium is not going to be too expensive.
 
Thanks !
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1184 on: Aug 7th, 2007, 7:47am »
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Hey prospective USPTO employees, I have an apartment for rent starting as early as 8/20.  It's the closest apartment building to the USPTO campus, which really helped me while I was in the training academy.
 
Since I can't post a link here, go to the DC/nva craigslist and search sublets for USPTO.  It's listed in sublets but you will have the option to sign a full year lease.
 
Thanks!
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