United States Department of Energy

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Too much red tape

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Former Employee - Communications  in  Menlo Park, CA
Former Employee - Communications in Menlo Park, CA

Pros

Interesting, engaging work with intelligent people.

Cons

Lots of bureaucracy. Even the smallest decisions need to go up the ladder and can sometimes take more time than the decision is worth.

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Delegate responsibilities and trust your workers to handle them.

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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

    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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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful for communications professionals.

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

    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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