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Not a Meritocracy

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

Pros

Working at the Department of Labor provides a lot of stability and security during a time of economic uncertainty. Once you're there a year, it's nearly impossible to be fired. You would never be fired for poor job performance. The benefits are pretty good. Take advantage of the TSP, which is the government's version of the 401k plan.

Cons

Progression up the organizational ladder is not based on merit. There's a lack of innovation and creativity. Senior management is largely incompetent.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Foster bidirectional communication among employees and also between management and employees. Eliminate the "buddy system" and institute a meritocracy where the most productive employees are rewarded.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Most managers allow a good work life balance. The benefits are good. My coworkers are very dedicated to the mission of the agency and collaborate to make the work product the best it can be. The office environment is pleasant.

    Cons

    Recognition for a job well done seems to skew toward managers rather than the staff who actually do the nitty gritty work. Less than stellar management aptitude in middle management. Limited to non-existent opportunity for training in new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to training and more balanced recognition of employees. Be more inclusive in soliciting employee opinion and feedback on initiatives and ongoing evaluation of programs.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    There is no such thing as leadership or management!

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, respected title, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Some of the senior staffers have been at DOL for over a quarter of a century. They do not understand how technology has changed the workforce. We have wasted BILLIONS of money on programs that do not work, but senior career staffers remember how they worked "back in the day". Most career staffers are so old that they do not want to change anything because they only a year or two to retirement and they just want to sit there buying time until they retire. If anyone comes up with a new idea, it dies because the senior career staffers do not want to do anything new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Political leaders are good in front of the cameria, but they need work on leading!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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