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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #575 on: Sep 7th, 2006, 8:30am »
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nice, i have a couple of more questions
 
when and how long is the work day and lunch?
how do they split the big groups up?
how are people (guys) generally dressed?
 
thanks
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #576 on: Sep 7th, 2006, 8:52am »
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The training schedule is 8:30 - 5pm for the 1st 2 weeks i think, then 7:30am-5pm for the remaining time, which i personally hate, but oh well. After the training time, you can pick your own schedule. You can have 4 days, 10 hrs, every friday off. We have 9 hour days mon-thursday, friday is 8 hrs, then every other friday off. Its up to you and your SPE to have your own schedule. Usuually, when you are new, your SPE would want you to start at least by 9:30am so that you are here majority of the day time if you need help.  
 
We had 80 people join in july, so we have about 7 labs with 10-13 people each lab. Its a class room type setting in the lab with your own computers.
 
Dress is business casual (khaki, pants, dress shirts, tshirt with collar) and jeans on friday.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #577 on: Sep 7th, 2006, 11:42am »
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on Sep 7th, 2006, 6:05am, Jack wrote:
hey j smith:  just out of curio, how long did the process take?  I mean from interview until you received the letter?

 
I was interviewed around Aug 10 or so.  Then after about a week I was  tentatively offered a position pending the outcome of my OF-306 and SF-85.  I filled those out and faxed them to the PTO the next day.  I waited another week for an answer which I got by e-mail.  I got  packet of stuff to fill out a few days later with the official letter saying I definitely got the job.  This letter ALSO says the offer is contigent upon successful review of my OF-306 and SF-85.  So all in all, about 2.5 weeks.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #578 on: Sep 7th, 2006, 12:08pm »
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thanks 007  (cool name!)How long does it take to get our first paycheck? Also, I'm having trouble finding a decent place to live.  I've been living in my parents guest house, which means I don't have a rental history to speak of, and have not had a big paycheck for Alexandria standards the past couple of years.  Do you know anywhere that is in a safe location that accepts people based on what they will be making at the PTO?  I'm from way out of state so I can only check things out online so any suggestions are very much appreciated. Smiley
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« Reply #579 on: Sep 7th, 2006, 12:44pm »
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hey J smith, i know a friend of mine in my lab, he might be able to get you a room. rent will be around 750+utilities which i think is decent. Its a 3 bedroom condo. you will get 2 bedroom. u can email me: manusawhney21@yahoo.com with ur contact and i will forward it to them.
 
you get paycheck every 2 weeks.
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