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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #415 on: Jul 20th, 2006, 3:06pm »
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on Jul 20th, 2006, 3:01pm, guesty wrote:
Do you know what percentage of people don't make
their 2 year probation? Do they have microwaves for
heating up lunches? I read that Popa wouldn't allow
microwaves. I am starting at 7/10 soon.

 
The two year probation period is quite new.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #416 on: Jul 20th, 2006, 4:08pm »
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Hello, I'm currently in the June training academy class, and although we are not eligible for the recruitment bonus, they still spend a lot of time telling us about it since they say they're trying to squeeze out a retention bonus for us, too. (and in my honest opinion, the PTA is a complete waste of time/resources; it's been 4 weeks now, and they've barely taught us anything..., so get ready for some extreme relaxing).
 
As far as I know, the bonuses are only for EE/CE's going into the PTA, and you'd only have to pay back the year that you break the contract. (correct me if I'm wrong in the following) As for microwaves, the May and June classes are not in any of the 5 main PTO buildings, but we have microwaves for use in our pantry areas. I believe the January class is somewhere in Madison, and the July class will be in a lower level of Knox, so maybe if someone knows the buildings better, they can comment...
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #417 on: Jul 20th, 2006, 7:34pm »
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do you have any idea when the next pta is starting (not the july one)
 
 
on Jul 20th, 2006, 4:08pm, GuestV wrote:
Hello, I'm currently in the June training academy class, and although we are not eligible for the recruitment bonus, they still spend a lot of time telling us about it since they say they're trying to squeeze out a retention bonus for us, too. (and in my honest opinion, the PTA is a complete waste of time/resources; it's been 4 weeks now, and they've barely taught us anything..., so get ready for some extreme relaxing).
 
As far as I know, the bonuses are only for EE/CE's going into the PTA, and you'd only have to pay back the year that you break the contract. (correct me if I'm wrong in the following) As for microwaves, the May and June classes are not in any of the 5 main PTO buildings, but we have microwaves for use in our pantry areas. I believe the January class is somewhere in Madison, and the July class will be in a lower level of Knox, so maybe if someone knows the buildings better, they can comment...

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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #418 on: Jul 20th, 2006, 8:13pm »
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No docket yet. Well, technically I have a docket, but it's empty, and we don't start getting real applications until around the end of the third month. Even then, we won't be working on them "for production," but for learning and gradually building up experience for when we actually go back to the TC. Of course, we still have to get out office actions... I forget the numbers, but it doesn't count too heavily in our evaluations.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #419 on: Jul 20th, 2006, 8:31pm »
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on Jul 20th, 2006, 7:34pm, guiest wrote:
do you have any idea when the next pta is starting (not the july one)

 
I think two classes in September.
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