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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
86 Reviews
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have (in 7 reviews)

  • Flex schedule, telework - good benefits (in 9 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.  

    wage hour investigator

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    Former Employee - Invstigator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Invstigator in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work independently, receive self satisfaction being a civil servant

    Cons

    micro management, favortism, trying to turn a service into a widget that can be counted for production or to measure there success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create policy to award more team assignements, trust more in the exprerienced employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enlightening, A place to learn alot

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great cafeteria. Many good people who want to make the place better but it is an upward battle.

    Cons

    Extremely slow to make changes. Outright discriminatory behavior from attorneys in the Solicitors office against contractors. There is a huge discriminations issue between contractors and Federal employees. At least 40% of the Federal employees are ineffectual, lazy and in spite of incredibly poor staff reviews they cannot seem to fire them. Disheartening, slave force mentality. (I am non-black)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the madness- clear out the deadweight lazy Fed employees. Be kind to people who are the underpinnings of the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, but not great either

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    • 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

    Flexible hours, decent pay, good benefits - very fortunate for these
    Some positive changes under new Secretary, including internal detail, training opportunities and improved interest in feedback from employees

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward mobility very much depend on the office/agency
    Does not seem to be much training for employees, including managers
    Large number of managers clearly aren't cut out to manage
    HR offices not very transparent and frequently very unprofessional
    Does not always practice what it preaches, especially with issues of equal pay, opportunities for some and not others, accommodations for employees with disabilities or physical limitations, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue efforts to provide career opportunities and training within
    Make hiring practices more transparent/improve HR operations with some real specialists
    Consider where administrative funds are spent - if people have been hired who can do competent work, then give them raises rather than spending tons of extra money on an outside contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity for steady pay and professional development opportunities

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    Current Employee - Immigration Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Immigration Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, Great benefits, Good pay

    Cons

    Too closed minded and not very innovative in its approach to improving processes and systems to maximize efficiency and productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider private sector methodologies for improvement. Create program guidelines that actually protect the wages and working conditions of US workers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start a career in government/ public service.

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    Current Employee - Benefits in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Benefits in Phila, PA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security.Great benefits, very flexible work schedules/ telework for most. good salary/ pay if you have an advance degree. For the most part, good people to work with. Many believe in our mission to serve for the public good.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for career growth,slow advancement, too much office bureaucracy and red tape. Excessive abuse of management power, huge egos, and superiority complex. If you're creative, motivated worker and resourceful, you'll not be considered a good fit for this department. You'll be shunned for standing out and accused of not fitting the old stereotypical fed worker mold. Cut throat and extremely competitive culture, envy abounds and there's no office camaraderie .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate employees better skills, recognize pre- government work expertise , utilize employees strengths and use specialized and skilled workers to help improve work efficiency/ effectiveness. When deciding new policies, and projects, provide clear and decisive practical instruction , provide tools and effective guidance to facilitate the new practices and processes for better efficiency.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad decision ro come here to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Generous PTO like any other govt agency

    Cons

    Co-workers are your biggest enemies here...

  8.  

    Vital Work Performed In A Poor Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator
    Current Employee - Investigator

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

    Pros

    The work investigators perform is important and often impacts the lives of extremely vulnerable people. Compensation is adequate. Benefits package is generous; you'll never want for time off if you plan right, and several senior employees are known for taking almost the entire month of December off work to avoid 'use or lose' policies on their annual leave. Opportunities for travel are plentiful and can also result in considerable financial windfalls if your car gets good gas mileage and you protect your per diem on overnight trips.

    Cons

    While potential employees are lured to the position by the promise of quick and hassle-free advancement at clearly defined stages, nothing could be further from the truth. I have had to fight for every promotion over the course of my career here. Managers seem to be taught to never give investigators any clear goals to aid advancement and will attempt to answer e-mailed questions about advancement issues verbally so they don't commit themselves in writing. Advancement is not competitive with other investigators but you'd never know it from the atmosphere: backbiting and gossip is rampant. Promotion to management seems to depend on either your skill in brown-nosing or your luck in being born into whatever demographic group the federal government is sucking up to at the time. Good managers are few and far between, and the vast majority of high-quality managers had to fight and scratch for the better part of a decade to ascend. District and area offices are headed by directors; they are typically high-tech but end up in the wrong one and you may be micromanaged and watched at all times by management to the point of paranoia. Field offices are investigators only and as a result don't suffer from overbearing management, but they often suffer from a lack of supplies and working office equipment (and good luck getting anything you need from higher-ups). If you want to switch over to the private sector, there is little in the way of transferrable skills without a law degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote good employees when they've earned it; give them clear goalposts for said advancement and don't make them fight for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    Work was rewarding; Enforced regulations to increase workplace opportunities, eliminate discrimination

    Cons

    Leadership very top-down; not open to feedback from rank and file

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and respond to their concerns; consider their recommendations

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worked at DOL as a student intern for years

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst
    Former Employee - Program Analyst

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Professional dress code not always required.
    Casual attire acceptable most days.

    Beautiful rooftop view near cafeteria.

    Employee celebrations

    Cons

    Supervisors, managers, and majority of the management within ETA are racist and hire people of the right skin color.

    Low pay

    Was denied a grade increase for years, even after receiving an above performance review annually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote good employees, let go of the bad employees.

    Offer tuition reimbursement, as most federal agencies do.

    Offer more professional trainings for all emoloyees self development.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    All the pros and cons of an important regulatory bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    The work is important. The Department of Labor has some of the most important regulatory functions in government that I was proud to work on - protecting minimum wage workers from abuse/underpay, checking to make sure employers are not spending employee retirement/health benefits, enforcing some important health & safety issues in dangerous workplaces. This feels good.

    Cons

    US government - extremely bureaucratic. Results are not the point - following the process is the point. If you are driven or self-managing, this is not the right place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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