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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
103 Reviews
3.6
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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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    Auditor

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, highly competent staff, great front-line managers, and a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    There was a lack of trust by management at the front line level and as a result was an obscene amount of review that went into every report written. The IG was also very tight with the budget, so expect mid-20th century furniture.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Intern at DOE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Relaxed work environment. Interesting assignments.

    Cons

    Not challenging. Somewhat dysfunctional environment. Ugly facility.

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    Energy pays

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, ability to telework, travel and training opportunities, transit support.

    Cons

    Very controlling managers. Innovative ideas are discouraged.High turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate and empower staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for technical experts & energy policy wonks. Not place for people who care about physical surroundings

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    Current Employee - GS-15 in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - GS-15 in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -important mission
    -smart scientists and policy wonks
    -part of the executive branch

    Cons

    -building conditions at HQS are terrible
    -awful HR service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -improve the physical working conditions for professional staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to cut your teeth in government bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Lead Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Budget Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Learn how to play politics in a large organization.

    Cons

    Deal with some of the worst bureaucratic politics in DC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put more energy into real mentorship and respect for young people moving up through the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

  8.  

    A job. Not a passion.

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    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 (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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good work environment

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    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 (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
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    US Dept of Energy

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    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 (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

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