Originally Posted by Pcemkr
Gov't contractor > federal employee
Gov't benefits are primo though, and most gov't employees don't have to do shit
1) in terms of pay/salary yes. Not in terms of job security. Typically contractors have little to no decision making or authority ability unless you are the program manager.
2) what? Thats not always the case. The last placed I worked you'd be amazed how busy and involved Govt employees were on a daily basis.
The best answer is that it all depends on where you are, whom you work for, the Govt Agency, the contract, etc. There are bad contractors just as there are bad Govt employees, same for good ones.