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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated July 4, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014
83 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have (in 7 reviews)

  • Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • If you want to switch over to the private sector, there is little in the way of transferrable skills without a law degree (in 3 reviews)

  • Downsides include the government salary and layers upon layers of red tape that often surround the progress of work (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    DOL Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay, benefits good, but expensive

    Cons

    Management does not allow work/life balances. Recognition of job well done is limited to those who management likes. Not much room for advancement. Management not willing to allow moves to learn more tasks/responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize you are dealing with PEOPLE. Push for better moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great place to start

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have. Pension

    Cons

    If you want to do something meaningful with your life then stay away ... It's a struggle everyday to show up and keep workin... No checks and balances, the managers are clueless and the claimants are in the age of entitlement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A bunch of clowns! I have never seen such unprofessional and unorganized organization in my life!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investigator
    Former Employee - Investigator

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

    Pros

    You don't have worry about keeping up your skills because this agency is so far behind you're just fine the way you are.

    Cons

    Unfair, favoritism, unprofessional, and unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you're in management doesn't mean you're God. Just because you're in management doesn't necessarily mean you should be there. When you have policies and procedures you should honor those policies and procedures and not play favoritism. Also try keeping employees that are smart and make the agency look good instead of a bunch of people that represent stupidity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Review of the Department of Labor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Company picnics and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Unlimited potential for advancement is out there.

  6.  

    Typical civilian federal govt job - good job security, little opportunity for development, bureaucracy is a hindrance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement

    Cons

    Inability to achieve mission statement due to focus on meeting bureaucratic and administrative objectives, managers lack leadership/management skills, little support/few tools available for utilization in job completion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce (train managers and non-managers, encourage communication), reevaluate planning and implementation with agency's core values/mission statement in mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best and worst experience of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging until dumbing down of agency. Righting workplace wage violations for deserving staff.

    Cons

    Brain-dead lazy uncreative overpaid managers getting promoted due to "yessiree" attitude, getting their comp. time while employees actually working overtime not getting paid for their actual hours on the job. Poorly written regulations, under-enforcement of good laws, over-enforcement for political and statistical bases...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the mold. Try honesty and personal accountability. Try fairness instead of favoritism over the status quo. Don't steal your employees' ideas; give credit where due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Not a good working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay, and retirement plan

    Cons

    Bad management, petty co-workers, and band HR department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some training on how to lead people not manage projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I would never work for DOL/ OSHA again...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Clerk in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Clerk in Houston, TX

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Federal benefits, paid time off, good medical benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Management is allowed to act any jacked up way they want. OSHA is nothing but politics and a popularity contest. It seems like they want to fine a business for almost anything without giving them much counseling for corrective action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want your employees to respect you I would advise showing them respect. Slamming files on your employees desks, giving attitude for no reason and questioning employees personal lives is not professional. Also, treat long term employees with more appreciation than newer ones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Okay in a bad economy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    More job security than private sector.

    Cons

    Crazy and dangerous people are protected by unions. Political leadership makes really bad decisions that threaten job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak out against political leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You rarely get a straight answer to any question relating to your cases, regulations, directives, etc.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of options,
    time off
    transit subsidy
    good pay once you've been doing it for about 5 years, at the cost of losing your hair
    feels good to make a difference in EEO

    Cons

    insurance premiums (but that's everywhere) keep going up some friends believe that b/c I work for the government I pay little for medical, dental, vision. Not true, you'd be surprised.
    Management priorities/communicatoin skills,
    office politics go all the way up to the Region Office, not sure if they go past that (but probably).
    interoffice communication and collaboration is lacking. Little-to-no information sharing among different districts and regions.
    Training is nonexistent
    Even when directives are clear, you're told to do it differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is a lot that needs to be fixed, and unless there is a real effort made to make changes throughout all the regions and all the DO, there is very little that will make a difference. What good is it to assign directives if they are disregarded by the RO or the DO? How can a directive have 3 different interpretations; either it was not well written or the people reading lack the skill to understand it. Why are your eployees afraid to communicate with and collaborate with other offices? there are a lot of things to fix, it won't happen right away and it won't happen well unless everyone understands what needs to be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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