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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 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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  1.  

    Great Opportunity for Interns

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DOE Scholar in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - DOE Scholar in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Yes a bureaucracy, but with an inspiring mission

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    First experience in an office

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    First experience in an office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Paid well. Did no work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than a year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Constantly changing

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall working conditions/management

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Some very smart people work here

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Important mission. Working with smart people. Dynamic workplace.

    Cons

    HR is incompetent. Politically appointed leadership keep changing. The newly appointed leader will question and change most of initiatives that were started by his/her predesessor. Then his/her initiatives will be scraped by the next political appontee!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some experience people that have been around instead of relying on your own loyal assistants. The politics will overwhelmed them and there are so many traps that the inexperienced will fall. They will bring your DOWN!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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