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Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
21 Reviews
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
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Review Highlights

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.  

    This is a great place to work, overall.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Safety and Health Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Compliance Safety and Health Officer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Variety of case work which shows how regulation is applied from cradle to grave.

    Peers have diverse backgrounds which makes for a great team environment.

    If you can generate results you will largely manage your own schedule.

    Some managers are exceptional, usually found at Regional Offices, they will take an interest in talented people.

    Excellent training opportunities.

    This is the best place for work/life balance in America!!!!

    Cons

    Most managers do not have education in management, (plenty of prior service) thus the typical management style is autocratic which requires a sense of humor to deal with. Suggestions can be treated as protests. Discussions with managers can be similar to an informal conference. The GOV struggles implementing technology. This job can be very confrontational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much, the system has its confines, nothing management can do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Department of Labor Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investigator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Investigator in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to manage your own workload. Varying tasks and responsibilities that do not become monotonous. 40 hour weeks, never any overtime. No busy periods so you know what to expect week to week.

    Cons

    Dealing with effects of politics and budget constraints. Lack of communication from top to bottom. There is a definitely ceiling to promotion. Must be mobile and move to DC if you aspire to continue rising through the ranks of the Department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to the development and growth of an office. Lack of communication will lead to lower quality work products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice boss. Lots of work. Public calls in with questions and complaints

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Easy to request leave. Family friendly.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy and workers can be competitive

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  5.  

    Intense and Engaging

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Work like balance is a plus, the people are usually easy to work with and management helps out their new employees toward upper development with the organization.

    Cons

    Small projects can become tedious over time. Small jobs take longer because of the "laid back" culture within the government.

  6.  

    EBSA

    • 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

    Pros

    Projects are interesting. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of politics to deal with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room for Improvement

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

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, rewarding public service.

    Cons

    Fickle management priorities, poor leadership skill development among first line and midlevel managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a stronger leadership development program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office of Administrative Law Judges

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at US Department of Labor as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff and awesome learning opportunities. Very hands on in terms of sitting in on hearings, phone conferences, and important meetings. Lots of research and writing opportunities available as well.

    Cons

    Like most federal internships, this one is unpaid and the hours tend to be generally long. You will be expected to stay past what you may have expected.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Claims Examiner excellent career opportunities for those entering the government.

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

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn about workers compensation and law.

    Cons

    Hard to move into other areas and other career fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Ten years here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Investigator in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and excellent benefits. There are a few great managers, but most leave in order for more challenging opportunities.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunity for advancement unless someone leaves. The work becomes much less challenging as you spend more years doing the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on leading, especially by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good work

    • 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

    Very compelling, high level work

    Cons

    Some positions work very hard, even harder than the private sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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