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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
82 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)

  • 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    This is an excellent organization to get started in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere. All of the work gets done on time without any hassles and an all around good attitude.

    Cons

    There is really no room for growth. You will have to consider leaving DOL after only a couple of years for a lack of any opportunities for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no room for growth. It kills motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    EBSA

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    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room for Improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office of Administrative Law Judges

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor as an intern for 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.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Claims Examiner excellent career opportunities for those entering the government.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time for 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Two Days are the Same

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    Current Employee - Workers Compensation Claims Examiner  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Workers Compensation Claims Examiner in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Telework, excellent pay, sick leave, thrift savings account, flex time, retirement pension system, good mentors, excellent union representation, and amazing health benefits plans

    Cons

    work load, rude and entitled customers, retirees not being replaced, extremely slow moving bureaucracy, and picking up slack of non-performers gets tiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put intense pressure on Congress to allow us to hire. We are a minuscule part of the Federal budget. We only employ 1,000 workers nationwide. I can't complain about being understaffed, though as every claims center I've worked in has been critically understaffed. I think it's probably par for the course.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ten years here.

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    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 for 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
  10.  

    Good work

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    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work experience! Great training! I felt as though I were really performing a public service.

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    Former Employee - Worker's Compensation Claims Examiner  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Worker's Compensation Claims Examiner in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed co-workers! Professional and friendly. My co-workers made it joyful to go to work! They were dedicated to their mission. Again, it felt like I was truly performing a public service.

    Cons

    Huge caseloads and not enough time or examiners. However, that didn't alter our efforts.
    Incentives could have eased the burden and created higher morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use positive incentives more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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