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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #780 on: Dec 1st, 2006, 7:47am »
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The USPTO wasn't doing drug testing when I was there a few years ago.   I found that a bit surprising, but maybe that's because I'm a former military guy.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #781 on: Dec 2nd, 2006, 2:46pm »
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on Nov 30th, 2006, 7:45pm, guest46 wrote:
Your 6-month promotion has absolutely nothing to do with the quizzes. First of all, nobody cares what you get on quizzes. The quizzes are open note quizzes (right after a lecture), with the questions and answers usually pulled straight from the notes, word for word. It's beyond simple. We were informed that in order to make your accelerated promotions while in the training academy, you must be at an average production level in between your current gs level and the next gs level over the course of 5 biweeks. So, its based on production. And yes, this is for the patent training academy. So, if you acheive that level of production for the 5 biweeks prior to your 6 month mark, you'll get a promotion at 6 months. If you acheive it at 7 months, you'll get it at 7 months, etc. I'm not sure what the requirements are once you graduate the academy, but we've been told the process is roughly the same, except that instead of 5 biweeks, it is over a longer period of time that you have to average the increased production.

 
Geez!  Can't a guy yank someone's chain these days?Smiley  I was kidding.. not to mention, I don't even work for the patent office.  I want to apply but haven't decided I could handle living up there.  Is it really that bad as far as traffic and crime?  I drove up for a look at the new patent office buildings.  The new complex is nice!
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #782 on: Dec 2nd, 2006, 2:59pm »
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I just accepted my offer with USPTO as a GS7-10 with an EE degree.  Does anyone know if they have cont. education other than law school?  Also, can anyone offer some living locations that in decent neighborhoods.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #783 on: Dec 2nd, 2006, 3:21pm »
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Stuffball Grin, base on your email, the raise is more than 7%
mseered, do you receive any email reflect new salary for your level ?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #784 on: Dec 2nd, 2006, 3:42pm »
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No, but I do get the pay increase though.  I was notified by someone in HR that I have been speaking with since Sept.
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