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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #150 on: Jul 10th, 2005, 2:54pm »
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Yes, your right about the apartmentratings.com website. Some of the comments people leave are from some really angry people.
 
Didn't check out the Avalon until now, i did a quick search, but it looks like a good location, close to metro too. You can give HR a call with your questions, but based on the packet i received i don't think they offer much help with housing. Sad
 
We're paying $1330/month and got into a unit with 10' ceilings which i like. I'm moving from the west coast, so my knowledge is really pretty limited. I'm sure we'll learn volumes about the area in the next year and can re-evaluate housing after this lease is up.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #151 on: Jul 10th, 2005, 7:00pm »
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Unless I can find a roommate I guess I will just suck up the extra cost, learn more about the area and re-evaluate when my lease is up next fall.  Good luck moving in and starting at the office. What technology group will you be joining.  I will be in some mechanical group but my supervisor still hasnt called me back! Its probably too early for him to worry about me since I wont be there til Sept. Oh well. Thanks for all of the input.
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« Reply #152 on: Jul 10th, 2005, 10:26pm »
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Good luck to you too! I'll be in the Computer Science division - databases in particular.
 
My contacts with the USPTO in getting my final paperwork in order has been great. Everybody has been really nice and helpful. I was joking around with my supervisors during the interview process a bit and am looking forward to starting work. I'm making the change from software to law over the next 5 years - i could get a job programming fairly easily in D.C. i think, but am looking for something new.
 
Going to drive across the country in September, our little U-haul trailer in tow, making a little pre-work vacation of it...
 
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« Reply #153 on: Jul 10th, 2005, 11:03pm »
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I'm just coming from Texas and I'm dreading the half cross country trek! I'll be working in shoes/special receptacles...good luck deciding what that means...
 
Everyone I have talked to has been really nice as well, but I have a feeling my interview went a little differently.  I was supposed to get a 20 min pre-screen ph call and then a ph call from a supervisor if there was any interest once my resume was passed around....well the 20 mins turned into over 2hrs!  2 weeks later I got a call and was offered a job! But after I received all of my paperwork and relocation info it has been pretty quiet....
 
As far as your transition from CS to law...I'm sure you will be fine (but busy)...I actually have my law degree so if you have any questions feel free to ask jdhawk05@hotmail.com
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #154 on: Jul 14th, 2005, 8:54pm »
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I heard the PTO has a workout facility that employees can use if they sign up for a membership. Is this true? If so, how is the facility?  I also heard there is a cafeteria there.  Apparently the government is doing this in it's new buildings in an effort to attract and retain highly qualified people that would otherwise make their homes/careers in private industry.  Anyone care to comment? Thanks.
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