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mk1023
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1215 on: Sep 19th, 2007, 3:47pm »
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on Sep 17th, 2007, 9:24pm, ky wrote:
For people who are in the PTA, what's the dress code and atmosphere like?  Is it more of a professional environment or a college class environment.  Thanks for any input.  

The atmosphere is mostly college like (although there are exceptions). The first two months you have way too much time on your hands. Take advantage of that and take the lunch loop to Old Town. There's no dress code. I will say that people in the academy dress better than people in the TC. In TC there are people that are barely a few steps above t-shirt and jeans. In the academy, business casual and polo-type shirts are the most common.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1216 on: Sep 19th, 2007, 5:37pm »
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on Sep 19th, 2007, 3:26pm, Same Here wrote:

 
I just got the same email....

 
Haha. So did I! (And I work there!)
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1217 on: Sep 19th, 2007, 6:45pm »
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Thanks for the info mk1023.  I'll be starting at the PTA on 9/24.  Any advice for someone moving to the DC area?  This is the first time I'll be living on the east coast.
 
I also got the email.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1218 on: Sep 19th, 2007, 7:40pm »
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on Sep 19th, 2007, 6:45pm, ky wrote:
Thanks for the info mk1023.  I'll be starting at the PTA on 9/24.  Any advice for someone moving to the DC area?  This is the first time I'll be living on the east coast.
 
I also got the email.

I came out from the west coast. I was expecting the traffic to be more of an issue for me. I guess I've kind of sidestepped that problem by living in Alexandria. I don't have to go on the interstates at all. I drive to work without any issues.
 
Unless you have a family and need to live out where the cheaper housing is, there's no reason not to live in Alexandria. Housing costs aren't that bad. If you want to save money and live without a car, look into the bus routes/metro routes before you pick an apartment complex.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1219 on: Sep 22nd, 2007, 9:11am »
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Does anyone know the answer to this ....?
 
I just EOD at the PTO. I had over 4 years of continuous Fed. service before this job. However, there is a 2 years gap between the 2 jobs. My understanding is that I should be getting 6 hours of paid annual leave at PTO b/c of my over 3 years of previous Fed service.
 
Will this "6 hours per pay period" info/credit be carried over to PTO?
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