United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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Pros
  • Work life balance is the best reason to work here (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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  1. Know your purpose

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Meaningful work, many committed people, metro accessible

    Cons

    lots or bs surrounding meaningful work, lots of uncommitted people, food desert


  2. Management Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

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

    Pros

    Good people who want to make a positive impact.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional leadership prone to micro-management.


  3. Great work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional environment, manageable workload, high pay grades

    Cons

    Relationship between HQ & field offices, poor performers seldom held accountable (hardly unique to this org, most of govt).

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the focus on employee retention and an environment that emphasizes the importance of each organization's contribution to the mission.


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  5. Working at DOE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and grow professionally. Working at DOE HQ means you get a lot of experience learning how the federal government helps advancements in the energy sector, what are the biggest challenges and needs.

    Cons

    Dated office building with minimal facilities for lunch breaks or exercising. Work life balance can be challenging during busy times.

    Advice to Management

    Mostly love working at DOE. It would be nice to have more opportunities for growth that is directed specifically to early career employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good work life balance, lots of red tape.

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    Current Employee - General Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    great work life balance, nice people and interesting work.

    Cons

    most days feel like you are running in place, but if work life balance is your goal, then why not?

    Advice to Management

    try to empower and delegate to your employees - too many senior folks try to do it all themselves.


  7. Great Opportunity for Interns

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - DOE Scholar in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - DOE Scholar in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity for interns. I am a graduate student and was able to take on responsibilities on par with my education level. I was very trusted by my supervisors and given many chances to learn from my peers and superiors both inside and outside of my department.

    Cons

    The internship program caters too much to undergraduate students. They had very low workload expectations and treated some of the interns like high school students...

    Advice to Management

    Make separate programs for graduate and undergraduate students. There is a large difference in the professional experience and knowledge, which should be addressed.


  8. Yes a bureaucracy, but with an inspiring mission

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Meaningful and relevant work - Always more to take on - Ability to move across the agency - good compensation and professional development plans are required

    Cons

    The agency is almost a balanced mixture of smart/ driven folks and lazy/ entitled ones. This creates a difficult culture and the necessity for smart and driven employees to pick up the slack of others. It can take time to break into the agency; like any massive organization, there is a lot of inertia and it takes a while to feel like you're really contributing and being taken seriously.


  9. First experience in an office

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Office culture was laid back People cared about you Employees went out of their way to meet you and make you feel at ease Workers enjoyed what they did and you could tell

    Cons

    Got monotonous sometimes Felt that I could have been utilized better Some people really slacked off while others worked non stop

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Make sure no one becomes alienated


  10. First experience in an office

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Office culture was laid back People cared about you Employees went out of their way to meet you and make you feel at ease Workers enjoyed what they did and you could tell

    Cons

    Got monotonous sometimes Felt that I could have been utilized better Some people really slacked off while others worked non stop

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Make sure no one becomes alienated


  11. Had a great academic experience, but it is clear that bureaucracy prevents a lot of important work from happening.

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people were phenomenal. Everyone was eager to help teach myself and the other interns. The projects we each worked on were very interesting, and we were afforded as much independence and responsibility as we were willing to pursue.

    Cons

    There is a mountain of paperwork blocking any major step forward. Additionally, health and safety procedures can become somewhat prohibitory as they are designed and actuated by folks who do not necessarily have experience in working in the lab.

    Advice to Management

    There is already a "suggestion box" type of system. Enhance that by posting anonymous suggestions and allowing employees to support them, as with a petition. Then, act accordingly!



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