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Updated March 1, 2015
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good work life balance, lots of red tape.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Great Opportunity for Interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Yes a bureaucracy, but with an inspiring mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. First experience in an office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. First experience in an office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  8. Paid well. Did no work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities to interact with higher officials during special NNSA intern programs.
    Relaxed and friendly work environment.
    A summer internship counts as a full year of working for the federal government.

    Cons

    Often got very boring when there was virtually no work for me to do.
    Poor communication between intern program and individual mentors.
    Your opportunity to see and do interesting things depends solely on where you get placed.

  9. Constantly changing

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stability of job provides ideal employment for family oriented employees

    Cons

    Management churn has been high in both the expeced political and unexpected career level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Changing direction and draconian policies on alternate schedules should be improved.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall working conditions/management

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

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits, flexible on situational telework.

    Cons

    sometimes it takes senior management too long to make decisions; limited budget and resources

    Advice to Management

    Trust staff to get the job done without micro-management.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Find the Right Spot, and It's a Good Place to Work

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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's all about finding the right place within the agency. Each office has its own culture and feel depending who is in leadership. Many offices allow you to work an "alternative work schedule" where you only work 9 days out of 10 in exchange for working longer days. Promotions are hard to come by, but "details" which are chances to do a short term assignment somewhere else in the agency are pretty common.

    Cons

    It's a huge organization with lots of rules and procedures which are sometime stifling. Being subject to Congress's inability to pass a budget on time also makes getting work done a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Move to an open work space environment to improve communication, give more people access to natural light, and reduce the costs of constantly re-configuring office space.

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