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by malarious
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: May 2020 Grad Still Waiting for Job?
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: May 2020 Grad Still Waiting for Job?

Have you received your clearance? Sometimes your clearance takes an astronomically long time, it took me 3 years. I was graduated several months before I was notified it went through. I graduated in December, was called about it being done in June, emails and offer letters in July, and had orientati...
by malarious
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: PhDs - How to find a SF with research relavent to you?
Replies: 5
Views: 1141

Re: PhDs - How to find a SF with research relavent to you?

So the obvious note for this topic is: The research is likely classified. If you mention what kind of things you like to do, maybe someone can suggest a facility dealing in something of that nature, though specifics is a no go. My facility had a wikipedia entry with some of its labs, that was my res...
by malarious
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Hypothetical
Replies: 2
Views: 812

Re: Hypothetical

They have you on a contract and none of it counts as a student loan. So I do not expect they will even remotely try to negotiate, they already have the edge and want to discourage dropping.
by malarious
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Accurate Starting Pay GS Scale
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Re: Accurate Starting Pay GS Scale

Did you check that your facility uses the GS scale? I do not know the Bachelors pay on GS. I started at 61000, that is with locality pay of over 20%. This is no experience. I am on labdemo pay scale though.
by malarious
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: can we get a second degree at the same institution?
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: can we get a second degree at the same institution?

Actually I agree with the above poster.

If they accepted you for a PhD, then the Masters is not when you complete the contract.
by malarious
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: can we get a second degree at the same institution?
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: can we get a second degree at the same institution?

Hi! From the SMART handbook 5.11. Follow-on Funding SMART scholarships are awarded for a one-degree program at a time . Should the scholar desire to seek an additional degree award, the scholar would apply for the follow-on funding as a new award , with no guarantee of an award. Follow-on awards are...
by malarious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Summer Internship and Security Clearance
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Summer Internship and Security Clearance

Just a reminder that it is not all that rare to be told to take classes instead. Clearances have been taking ages in some cases and refusing interim. My clearance took 3 years, I started work 8 months after graduation. So be prepared, especially when many offices are less staffed, to keep taking cla...
by malarious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: How Do We Initiate an IG Investigation Into SMART?
Replies: 24
Views: 16069

Re: How Do We Initiate an IG Investigation Into SMART?

Some of the SFs are kind of... a source of trouble. I am not here about lawsuits or such, I am happy with my job. That said, they offered more than the GS7 scale goes to as a start, laid out my first auto raise, and scheduled promotion (in DB scale) from 2 to 3. I essentially increase salary by 30% ...
by malarious
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Question Regarding Lasf Stipend Before Starting at Sponsoring Facility
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Re: Question Regarding Lasf Stipend Before Starting at Sponsoring Facility

My group got a payment from SMART our first month, but we started 8/17, so 8/19 was stipend. We did not start at month start.
by malarious
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Unemployment During Coronavirus?
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Unemployment During Coronavirus?

To be on the safe side, I would email SMART. If we give you the wrong answer, you could be in trouble. SMART, to my knowledge, only says not to work over 16 hours a week. Unemployment is state, not federal last I knew, the federal money from CARES is given to states still. Your student loans, if not...
by malarious
Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Resume Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 971

Re: Resume Questions

It will depend on the facility. In my resume I noted things like proficiency with lua scripting and I was asked about that in the phone interviews. How i used it, how flexible I found it, etc. They did not just read the entire resume, they used parts of it to relate to other skills. For example, "In...
by malarious
Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: Don't Be Discouraged
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Re: Don't Be Discouraged

To add on to what he said, you do not hear nearly enough from the people it benefited because they are 1) Working potentially, so more busy. 2) Not as motivated as people who are having a bad time. You don't usually talk about a good experience at a restaurant unless it was amazing. You will complai...
by malarious
Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and the Application
Topic: SF Preference
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: SF Preference

I started phase 2, and some feedback to think about for you. According to the SMART coordinator for the facility, you being accepted is not just a lab saying "we will use them", it is a specific team leader potentially signing off. Your lab is fronting you as a cost, so larger facilities may have mo...
by malarious
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Starting Salary
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: Starting Salary

If GS scale you start at 7 due to superior academic achievement. your exact step is negotiable.

On Labdemo you start at a number that tends to be higher. Bachelor's with some experience was 65k$ start. Raise at 6 and 18 months.
by malarious
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Still in Phase 2 Limbo?
Replies: 6
Views: 995

Re: Still in Phase 2 Limbo?

I was finally told I would be contacted with a job offer. It took a few weeks from that point to get a phone call for a verbal offer (on a Friday). The Monday after they gave me a tentative offer. I have been waiting over a week after accepting that to get the next set of paperwork. Things move brut...
by malarious
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: COVID 19 and starting Phase 2
Replies: 5
Views: 1127

Re: COVID 19 and starting Phase 2

If you work over 16 hours you lose the stipend. You can work another job within the limit. Even graduating you are limited hours.
by malarious
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Clearances can take a long time, don't be discouraged
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: Clearances can take a long time, don't be discouraged

All my internships were waived and I was told to take classes due to lack of interim clearance. I was in a study abroad when I did my clearance application and 5 months later I received an email that OPM could not find me. I responded I was in Japan for awhile but hear nothing after that. I was call...
by malarious
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Clearances can take a long time, don't be discouraged
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Clearances can take a long time, don't be discouraged

Hi! I just wanted to have a topic about clearances out there. I Joined SMART in the 201 6 cohort or so. I finished my clearance application September of 2017. I was just informed today it was approved, I've been refused interim clearances in the meantime. No references or myself were contacted befor...
by malarious
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Should I accept a job offer?
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: Should I accept a job offer?

I submitted the form each time in advance.
by malarious
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Should I accept a job offer?
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: Should I accept a job offer?

Just for one data point to imply that if your clearances are taking that long there is SOMETHING weird going on somewhere (might have to do with the bureaucracy, and not you) and backup plans might be advisable: I was extended an offer by one of the major national defense contractors and submitted ...
by malarious
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Should I accept a job offer?
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: Should I accept a job offer?

Arbiter wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:34 pm
So you've been waiting 2 years and haven't had to repay any debt?
Correct. I am being paid my stipend to wait now.
by malarious
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Should I accept a job offer?
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: Should I accept a job offer?

So, your mileage may vary but I have been waiting on Clearance since September of 2017. I graduated in December and have heard nothing so far on clearance or, obviously, start date. I do not know, at this juncture, how long clearances take overall. If you take an offer and it is over 16 weeks, you w...
by malarious
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Looking for a phase 2 who finished negotiations
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Re: Looking for a phase 2 who finished negotiations

They didn't talk about student loan repayment, continuing education, rate of step changes, or anything else? Did they give an offer letter or just tell you what the job was? Lack of at least an attempt to use longer term service agreements is unexpected. They'll tell you about all the other informa...
by malarious
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Recipients
Topic: Looking for a phase 2 who finished negotiations
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Re: Looking for a phase 2 who finished negotiations

You don't "negotiate" coming in. Barring a facility operating very differently from the norm, you come in at the GS pay level standard per your education with the corresponding salary + cost of living locality pay and that's it. They didn't talk about student loan repayment, continuing education, r...