United States Department of Energy

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Good learning experience, and a good representation of government; big and bureaucratic.

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC

I have been working at United States Department of Energy

Pros

Great people at the bottom of the organization; they are the ones that execute and clean-up the messes of management.

Cons

Program managers lack technical know-how. Organization is overly bureaucratic. This Place is all about titles...but lacks substance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

In reality, the organization needs to follow the NSF model of bringing program managers; seasoned pros with an extensive history. The organization needs to stop hiring people "off the street". The lack of experience and technical know-how shows. The leadership at the top has the right vision...it is more of a matter of whether those in the middle get it.

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    Stressful for communications professionals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Interesting advanced technologies and science are being deployed for clean and renewable energy. Working with the public is important for DOE's future.

    Cons

    Huge revolving door, inter-departmental divisiveness and a working environment that picks favorites. Consultants tend to be mis-treated, and dis-empowered. That's wrong. The "ivory tower" of national labs led by career Feds is highly insular. DOE tends to be always on the defensive. It needs to be pro-active in communications, internally and externally with the public. It's a huge, monolithic and bureaucratic research institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more transparency and public awareness and jobs in clean energy, and treat consultants equal to feds -- we're all in this together to help America grow into a better place.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Challenging and rewarding work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Investment Officer, Loan Guarantee Program Office in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Officer, Loan Guarantee Program Office in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Great colleagues and management team.

    Cons

    Difficult environment due to outside congressional friction over clean energy funding policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting the good fight.

    Recommends
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