But a recent survey shows NASA employees have the highest job satisfaction of all federal workers.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Office of Management and Budget are next in line.
According to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which gauges employees’ perceptions of their agencies, 80 percent of federal employees said they like their jobs.
Employees answered a range of questions from pay and pensions to hours worked to how much pleasure their careers gave them.
But scores on every index declined. On 36 questions, satisfaction declined between 2 percent and 5 percent from a year ago.
For example, compared to a year ago, employees were slightly less likely to recommend their agencies as good places to work. And, satisfaction with pay dipped to its lowest level since 2004, according to the survey results.
“Stresses on public servants – including continued tight budgets and pay freezes – are reflected in our Global Satisfaction indicator, even while more than two-thirds of employees recommend their organization as a good place to work,” says Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, in a letter attached to the survey results.