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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #630 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 3:53pm »
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on Sep 24th, 2006, 2:44pm, guestxx wrote:
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...

 
gotcha, i was just wondering if you could work unpaid overtime cuz i had thought otherwise.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #631 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 5:09pm »
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Yea, I thought lower GS levels were not allowed to work unpaid overtime?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #632 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 5:28pm »
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on Sep 24th, 2006, 5:09pm, daven wrote:
Yea, I thought lower GS levels were not allowed to work unpaid overtime?

 
I used to work in the Biotech TC, where pretty much everyone is GS-11 or above.  So I don't recall the specifics.
 
But if I'm not mistaken, you are correct: Those at GS-7 and below are not supposed to work unpaid overtime.  
 
Even so, I'll bet that many of them work unpaid overtime when in a pinch.  But really, the production at GS-7 isn't so bad.  So I doubt that many at that level find the need to work unpaid overtime very often.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #633 on: Sep 24th, 2006, 10:36pm »
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Does anyone know what production level new hires need to get to at the end of the six month period.  How is that determined?  Is it for the last bi-week?  What if you have a low average for the first six months (50%) and you did well in the last bi-week?  
What level of production at the end of the six month period is considered necessary to keep your position?
Thanks for your reply
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #634 on: Sep 25th, 2006, 8:50am »
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Does the USPTO hire PhD's in engineering?
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