US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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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. EEO Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance; meaningful work; current sec of labor had done a lot to improve morale.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility if you work in a field office; guidance is always changing; quite a bit of useless paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Build a good team and have mutual trust. People generally want to do a good job if you set them up for success.


  2. The change

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    everyone worked as a team

    Cons

    never got a raise form the company


  3. pretty good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    interesting work, low stress level, a real feeling of helping people

    Cons

    advancement opportunities are competitive and not automatic

    Advice to Management

    i have nothing to say for this topic right now


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  5. Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work schedule

    Cons

    Some employees have the government worker mentality and change is slow.


  6. Meaningful Work

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    Former Employee - Senior Investigator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Investigator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The job you are doing is for the benefit of employees who work for private companies.

    Cons

    There are many administrative and useless requirements that burden an employee from doing their job

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to analyze the tasks required of employees and eliminate those that serve no purpose


  7. This is a great place to work, overall.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Department of Labor Review

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. 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


  10. 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.


  11. EBSA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Projects are interesting. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of politics to deal with.



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