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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 77 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez

Thomas E. Perez

(8 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have(in 7 reviews)

  • Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement(in 7 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)

  • Maybe get a little monotonous at times and some members of Senior Management should receive better training in staff supervision(in 3 reviews)

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    Bad decision ro come here to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerous PTO like any other govt agency

    ConsCo-workers are your biggest enemies here...

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    Vital Work Performed In A Poor Work Environment

    Investigator (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and respond to their concerns; consider their recommendations

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked at DOL as a student intern for years

    Program Analyst (Former Employee)

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

    Beautiful rooftop view near cafeteria.

    Employee celebrations

    ConsSupervisors, 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 Senior ManagementPromote 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.

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    All the pros and cons of an important regulatory bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsUS 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a good and predictable place to work, with interesting issues to examine.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe schedule is great, the benefits are great, the location is good, the work can be good if you demonstrate quality work.

    ConsDownsides include the government salary and layers upon layers of red tape that often surround the progress of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working at it! You're getting there!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood hours, some social impact

    ConsLow morale, a lot of bureaucracy, opaque promotion rules

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage a culture of good management and employee/manager relations; be honest with employees and do not treat them like children

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    Very Unorganized and Unprofessional

    Administrative Clerk (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWorking for a federal agency

    ConsUnderpaid, No Stability, Unfair Labor Practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in new people

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    Rewarding but not creative

    Workforce Development Specialist (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsAbility to affect the lives of millions

    ConsInability to be creative with technical assistance

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the grantees as partners, not adversaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok

    Attorney Advisor (Current Employee)

    Prosvery good hours and compensation

    Conspoor prospects for next job

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