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    Good place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work-life balance - 40hrs/week
    automatic promotion for the first few years
    workplace flexibility - work from home 1 or 2 time a week
    overall low stress job
    great place to learn (self teach) technical skills

    Cons

    learning curve plateaus very quickly
    work is repetitive
    managers are not necessarily more knowledgeable (they just get promoted based on how long they've been there)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers at the BLS (gs-14,gs-15) are hired primarily based on tenure or other non-knowledge based factors. There is a saying in the government that you'll get promoted as long as you don't die and this is very true at the managerial level. Managers don't necessarily know more economics/statistics, they simply didn't die and rode the wave to the manager level. Its extremely frustrating to work for someone who is less knowledgeable than you on the subject matter.
    My advice. Take the job, get the automatic promotions to gs-12 and make it a means to an end by learning as much technical skills as possible (SAS,R,SQL,Excel,Access) which is going to be your ticket out of there. That's what I did and now I am working for a very prestigious private company making more than a gs-15 salary and I am 29.
    Good luck

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