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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #540 on: Aug 29th, 2006, 10:12pm »
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hello everyone
i was wondering i was hired as a gs-7 level 10  
how long would it actually take to get to the higher levels like gs 13 and gs 14.
i have been told first it would take 6 years by my interviewer but i talked to another person in hr and she told me something else.
how long would it take to get into that 100000 and more bracket of salary.  
i am an electrical engineer and got 8000 insentive should i take it and sign up for four years.
can any one help me where to live in alexandria or the surrounding area? is it better to live in baltimore since it is cheaper.
any ideas regarding roomates.
i am starting on spetember 18 and wanted to know if any one esle here starts the same day.
let me know i will be waiting for your responces.  
thank you very much.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #541 on: Aug 30th, 2006, 5:09am »
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Ouch! Baltimore! Don't even think about it! The commute time would kill you.
 
If you can't afford the local place they keep talking about in this thread, I would look along the VRE train lines. Apparently the manassus line is more timely than the fredericksburg line, so try along there. search on VRE to find the maps.  
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #542 on: Aug 30th, 2006, 8:39am »
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on Aug 30th, 2006, 5:09am, guest wrote:
Ouch! Baltimore! Don't even think about it! The commute time would kill you.
 
If you can't afford the local place they keep talking about in this thread, I would look along the VRE train lines. Apparently the manassus line is more timely than the fredericksburg line, so try along there. search on VRE to find the maps.  

 
When I was at the PTO some examiners did commute seemingly ridiculous distances.   Some did commute from Baltimore and from West Virginia.   I recall trying to consult with one primary examiner and finding out that his priniciple residence was in Florida.    
 
Those examiners with the lengthy commutes were not junior examiners and they presumably worked schedules that reduced the number of times they had to commute to the office to something they found physically and economically tolerable.   I couldn't recommend such a strategy for an examiner still in his probationary period.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #543 on: Aug 30th, 2006, 10:04am »
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isaac
please answer me this question:
would you recomd going to uspto?
i am an engineer with two years experince and i have another offer offer for 58000 here in indaina but the commute is very long.
would you recomend going to the USPTO and how long it would take me a gs7 leve 10 to reach some where like gs-14 level and those high salaries that they have.  
also are the benefits that good as they say?
thank you very much.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #544 on: Aug 30th, 2006, 10:19am »
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on Aug 30th, 2006, 10:04am, paul1234 wrote:
isaac
please answer me this question:
would you recomd going to uspto?
i am an engineer with two years experince and i have another offer offer for 58000 here in indaina but the commute is very long.

 
The PTO benefits are very good. However, the DC metro area is a very expensive place to live. When comparing salaries and benefits you must take that into account.
 
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would you recomend going to the USPTO and how long it would take me a gs7 leve 10 to reach some where like gs-14 level and those high salaries that they have.

 
There are too many variables involved for me to speculate on how long it would take to reach GS-14. You might not ever make it.
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