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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #625 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 10:40am »
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on Sep 23rd, 2006, 5:41pm, guest33 wrote:
It's not a dream job for most.  But then again, if you're in the right field, you can get it with a 2.5 GPA and no experience.  Chances are the people who are coming in similar to that don't yearn to work in industry, which from experience can be just as stressful as high-grade examining anyway.  
 
If you take the job, take it with the expectation you'll be making GS-7 for a while, and anything after that is a plus.  As was said before, don't be in a hurry to get promotions every year or you might just be digging yourself deeper into a hole.

 
so when you recieve promotion offers, how do you know that you are going to be ready to perform at the next grade?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #626 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 11:45am »
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You know exactly what will be required at the next level.
 
You also know whether you make production at the current level by working a regular week with only occasional overtime or whether you are barely making 100 percent production while working 100+ hours every bi-week.
 
I have had examiners tell me that they have turned down promotions because they cannot comfortably make the next production level.   Not every examiner has a family situation allowing them to work overtime.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #627 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 12:02pm »
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on Sep 24th, 2006, 11:45am, Isaac wrote:
You know exactly what will be required at the next level.
 
You also know whether you make production at the current level by working a regular week with only occasional overtime or whether you are barely making 100 percent production while working 100+ hours every bi-week.
 
I have had examiners tell me that they have turned down promotions because they cannot comfortably make the next production level.   Not every examiner has a family situation allowing them to work overtime.

 
 
i dont understand, you can work voluntary overtime to just meet 100 percent production?
 
i was under the impression that if you work extra hours (overtime) then your expected production goes up accordingly.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #628 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 12:05pm »
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actually what im asking is... are you saying that you can work 100+ hours week to meet 100 percent production, but you just don't get paid for the extra overtime?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #629 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 2:44pm »
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In order to qualify for a promotion, for the 13 bi-weeks prior you have to have performed 1/2 way between the production at your current grade and the production required for the next grade, which is typically around 107%.
 
And he said 100+ hours a bi-week, not a week. You have be above 95% production or you are on the road out of the office. If you have to work unpaid overtime to get to 95%, then you do it if you don't want to get on that road. You do get warnings and have a chance to improve if you fall below 95%, but it stays on your permanent record regardless (note: below 100% doesn't look good, although 95% is the minimum to avoid disciplinary action). If you claim OT when you are below 95% you simply aren't too bright or don't want to work here long.
 
Its pretty basic. If you don't understand i don't know what to say...
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