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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
90 Reviews

3.7
90 Reviews
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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 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)

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  1.  

    Research Assistant position is great for students looking for part-time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Good management team
    Great research topics
    Decent pay for part-tim

    Cons

    Work hours are filled out by paper (but that's more of a personal dislike)

  2.  

    A job. Not a passion.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about the Department of Energy is the wide variety of offices and lines of operation. Working for the Chief Financial Officer gives exposure across the department and the national labs. It is a great place for someone just stating out to pay their dues, gain entry energy industry, and establish credibility. It's also a great stepping stone for graduate programs.

    Cons

    There are a lot of folks working in windowless back rooms who have been there for years. Most employees are passionate and professional but there are a lot of careerists who take their flex days and work no more than required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the long view with you junior employees. Provide in-house technical (Bachelors of Science) training to employees with non-technical (BA) backgrounds. They'll be forever indebted to the organization, get more STEM professionals in the marketplace, and be more flexible for placement within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Somewhat lonely

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Looks amazing on resume and brag to your friends

    Cons

    Other employees definitely judge you base on your usefulness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of worrying about budget worry about your workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best reason to work here.

    Cons

    Contractors have stability. Some have been here for over 20 years. Political appointees do what they want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    US Dept of Energy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Stability of Federal employment provides security, Federal retirement benefits are good, at least for those that were hired before 2012.

    Cons

    Extra people are hired for no reason and then sit idle, while some employees are overworkd. Middle management does not manage, they just want to do engineering or a science or whatever their field is. But you have to be a manager to get paid. Top management is political and has no interest in efficiency. Nobody manages people or process. Gross mismanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First level supervisors don't know how to manage people and second level managers don't want to get involved. The best engineer or accountant does not make the best manager.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Very challenging and rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    people area weather lifestyle comfort

    Cons

    hours stress weather lifestyle travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving the yearly reviews.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good overall experience, but frustrated by bureaucracy and aloof leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    To interact with so many smart scientists and engineers and economists under one roof is a pretty great experience.

    Cons

    Difficult bureaucracy to navigate. High variance of staff quality: some are terrific and genuinely care about what they do; others seem to just punch the clock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is difficult to integrate schedule C with career staff but it has to be done to work effectively. ARPA-E has done a particularly good job at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Supportive, warm culture. Treats employees well

    Cons

    Politics/the Hill rules, impacting the work you get and the experience you receive

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Early in my career, there were mountains to climb, now, the role for government is cloudy and blocked by the politics.

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    Current Employee - IT Program Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Dedicated career staff who believe in the mission. Strong research talent in the national labs. IT tools were kept current. Strong focus on cyber security. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Too political, excessive favoritism for certain employees, stale policies. Large scale change comes slowly as the career folks out wait the politicals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the SES'ers on how to be more effective Executive Sponsors of IT Projects and Programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of independence, not a lot of direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an intern with the Energy Information Administration, you get exposed to all of the functions of your office. I had the opportunity to work on a research report for the Undersecretary of Energy. They treat the intern crew to a couple fun field trips and meetings with different offices in the Administration. You also get your own office!

    Cons

    You don't get a lot of personal direction or guidance. I didn't really get to work on a team or be accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is probably not a whole lot they can do for interns, but if there could be some more direction and supervision it would be really great!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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