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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most supervisors were very supportive of teleworking and work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees (in 4 reviews)

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

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    Department of Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Due to the broad scope of the agency, there is a significant amount of interesting work being done in many areas.

    Cons

    DOE suffers from similar issues that afflict many other federal agencies, including the ouroboros of red tape and leadership more concerned with politics than leading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to stand up and stand out - the nation needs leaders. Getting the mission done and securing our country's scientific, energy, and environmental future is more important than winning a popularity contest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Frustrating environment with little upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. flexibility in attending seminars. Easier access to management. Less stovepipe than Dept. of Defense.

    Cons

    It’s all about personalities and attitude, who's who and what degree from where in lieu of focusing on products, deliverables and outcomes. Has internal focus on its own ideas with little effort to adopt external benchmarks. An excuse such as Science is one of its primary missions, therefore DOE is different from other departments, and products/deliverables are “tactical in nature “while “strategic thinking" is the desired outcome!!! Training and development of their employees are lacking. No upward mobility unless you know how to tap dance around senior management, or you are from the labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek advice on how to change the culture. Enforce rotational assignment across career employees and make it a mandatory for upward mobility. Ensure performances and award are focused on deliverables, results and outcomes. Develop programs to improve employee skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Salary, low-stress, not a whole lot

    Cons

    horrible organization, all politcally driven.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Politicized

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    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunity with bright people

    Cons

    Low pay, little responsibility, disorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better organized

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful for communications professionals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Interesting advanced technologies and science are being deployed for clean and renewable energy. Working with the public is important for DOE's future.

    Cons

    Huge revolving door, inter-departmental divisiveness and a working environment that picks favorites. Consultants tend to be mis-treated, and dis-empowered. That's wrong. The "ivory tower" of national labs led by career Feds is highly insular. DOE tends to be always on the defensive. It needs to be pro-active in communications, internally and externally with the public. It's a huge, monolithic and bureaucratic research institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more transparency and public awareness and jobs in clean energy, and treat consultants equal to feds -- we're all in this together to help America grow into a better place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting work, Subpar human capital management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    - Energy work is at forefront of policy

    Cons

    - Low morale due to poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat human capital as a valuable asset, and not a negligible resource.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Interesting policy issues to work on but low morale pervades

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Work-life balance is the best reason to work here. No one works at night or on weekends (with limited exceptions) - rare for attorneys used to law firms. The political appointees in charge are sharp and generally good to work with, but they have limited effect on the hordes of career employees...

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. All decisions are made by consensus and there are few leaders who want to take on an issue and make a decision, unless someone on the Hill is putting pressure on them to do so. The attorneys have no support or precedent databases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The problem may be with the whole government but there's got to be a way to address low performing employees. Also develop a client-service mentality. It's amazing how many people wanted to do their jobs without any accountability or deadlines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    EERE

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    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Work is nationally and internationally compelling. Hours are great. Lots of meetings with VIPs and Washington players. Lots of international travel. Policy issues are relevant.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. That About sums it up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would pass on working at DOE. Instead, try working at State or Treasury. Issues often can be the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My experience was very interesting and knowledge based.

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in San José Alburquerque (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in San José Alburquerque (Mexico)

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees were willing to teach you .

    Cons

    No jobs available after graduation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depressing, you start idealistic and upper management crushes you with bureaucracy and spreadsheets.

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    Current Employee - Project Officer
    Current Employee - Project Officer

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money is decent, Coworkers are equally entrenched, You're at the highest levels of your industry

    Cons

    Crushing Bureaucracy, Management kows less than you, but they know someone higher up than you, There is a bizzare and unnecessary perceived need to create policies that cloud and obscure the program/agencies mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the fundamentals of Federal Regulation related to your program, Learn how to motivate your workforce, Learn how to take criticizm from your staff and do not lead strictly based upon a fear based hierarchy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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