United States Department of Energy

  www.energy.gov
  www.energy.gov
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
93 Reviews
3.5
93 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
Dr. Ernest Moniz
7 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most supervisors were very supportive of teleworking and work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • job security, research and development ok (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of red tape to get things done, cleared (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

5 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Comfortable but rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Balance offered is exceptional for everyone.

    Cons

    Sedentary for long periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More engagement with its staff.

  2.  

    Loosey-Goosey with Employee Privacy Data

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Access to some of the most impressive thought-leaders in the world. Impressive legacy re: Nobel Prize Winners. Great employees' cafeteria! HQ building is superbly located on Independence Avenue NW exactly 2 blocks from WMATA Metro system; across the street from the Smithsonian Institution's Castle and National Mall; and, 1 block away from L'Enfant Plaza merchants, food vendors, US Post Office, etc.

    Cons

    HORRIBLE leadership. Secure Access process was reinvented daily. Managed to allow a data breach that siphoned all employee privacy data collected over past 5 to 10 years for secure access badges. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    YOU are the US Dept of Energy! YOU can manage nuclear codes and reserves, fossil fuel management, loan and grant initiatives, BUT, YOU cannot figure HOW to protect your employees from a devastating data breach???!!! REALLY???!!!! Get serious about protecting what's AS important as your THINGS ... YOUR PEOPLE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    All Politics, No Real Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pretty easy jobs and many folks do alternate work schedule with every other Friday off. You can stay here 30 years and not have to worry about job security or working long hours or too hard.

    Cons

    Politics drives the DOE, not mission requirements. The DOE SES community is a bureaucratic clique that looks out for each other, not regular GS employees. There are many many political (schedule C) appointees here and the turnover is quite high. It's a very risk averse culture that accomplishes little and lends itself towards backstabbing. The DOE has not had a clear mission in 20 years and does not have a new one in sight. Facilities are old and IT is ten years behind the commercial world. No thought towards succession planning or the next generation of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of federal job "tenure" and get rid of so many schedule C appointees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Bureaucratic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Dedicated underlings. Good place for getting your feet wet if just starting out in your career. Benefits are decent when compared to private industry.

    Cons

    Management manages in silos with little information sharing to do job. Negative feedback abounds. Was told by Human Capital rep. that many work groups repeat the parent child relationship in managing their workers and that when this work environment is discovered, DOE tries to eliminate it. Many in management have been in federal government for years and are at their highest grade level with no ability to move anywhere else therefore developing turf issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office of Personnel Management should take a look at how DOE managers manage their staff and implement change that would reflect best practices in private industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Moribund Bureaucracy

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

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not many. There are many parts that make up the DOE: its Washington headquarters, labs, and field offices that are spread across the US. They sponsor some good and interesting basic research and there are pockets of smart folks throughout the complex. Some would argue that DOE like any federal agency is worth working at because of the federal job security and retirement system and DOE is known to pay employees better than the Department of Defense and some other agencies. There is something to be said for that, but IMO it's not worth it as the DOE culture will destroy your soul.

    Cons

    DOE is run almost entirely by crony and cutthroat politics. If you're not part of that clique you'll never be promoted into senior management. It also has a disproportionately large number of political appointees compared to many other US govt agencies. Headquarters operates entirely on a reactive basis and cannot think or act strategically. Every decision made is last minute and panicked. It's a very depressing place to work. If you have a good idea or produce a good product some political will snatch it and take all the credit for it. The agency is having trouble attracting high quality young talent and many of their workforce has been there 30 and even 40 years. They almost never get rid of anyone even the non-producers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The agency workforce could be cut by half and the same amount of work would get done. Figure out what the DOE mission is and make an honest effort to excel at it, it would bring in better talent. Get rid of all the schedule C appointees except for the Secretary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for United States Department of Energy? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.