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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
42 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    all depends on your manager

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    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance can't be beat with flexible balance, low-stress, and flexible telework. if you get a good manager, you will be allowed to do whatever you want.

    Cons

    some people are lazy and can't get fired, so you will be rewarded for good work by getting MORE work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's A Paycheck

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I go in, do what I have to do, and leave.

    I get paid.

    Cons

    Internal politics, and lots of it.

    The work is definitely not what I was told it would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't speak bureaucrat, so they wouldn't understand.

    I do like our Commissioner (Erica Groshen) because she's trying to make some changes within BLS but we're a part of Dept. of Labor, and they like to remind us of that fact by creating obstacles and being contrary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent workplace!

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated public servants with excellent technical abilities. Highly supportive and effective management. Excellent work/life balance. Excellent work environment.

    Cons

    Slow pace of work environment. Not a particularly exciting place to work.

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    Great place to begin a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    Very flexible, great work-life balance, great compensation, benefits and vacation time. Telework has become very commonplace and is somewhat encouraged. Nice people and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Work can be a bit boring, sometimes seems like managers are giving out busy work. There are so many levels of management and it starts to seem like each level is just interested in impressing his/her next supervisor up. No interest in innovation or creativity. As of late it has not been easy to move up or around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great agency to work for; little turnover and many lifetime employees

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BLS is a great statistical agency and has great leadership and vision at the highest levels

    Cons

    lower-level management can sometimes be lacking, but that can occur at any agency

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stale Environment

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Access to tons of data analytics and very smart people

    Cons

    A somewhat stale environment and not much room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Economist at Bureau of Labor Statistics

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Low stress work environment, comfortable work/life balance

    Cons

    rather monotonous and unexciting, not the most emotionally fulfilling work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It was a nice environment to work in.

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    Former Employee - Video Conference Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Video Conference Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in a Government building.

    Cons

    It wasn't the best location all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more contractors, they know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pride in bls work, great pay and relaxed

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    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bls is good a great place to start, especially if you want to go to grad school. They help pay for it. A lot of "lifers". Great training options. Generally you get promoted up to a 12 easily, which isn't true for other economics positions. People have pride and care about the work. Great food options with union station and food trucks. Love the gym!

    Cons

    Can get bored. Some older employees don't do much and is frustrating. Some people are pretty awkward, but we are statisticians and economists.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you like asking people to complete a survey, then this could be a good place for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Most reviews on Glassdoor prior to this are incredibly accurate.

    Workers are courteous, well-educated and interesting to talk with about work and other topics.

    BLS Headquarters is located right across from Union Station- Lots of options for commuting and for eating lunch or dinner.

    Gym in the building that is less expensive than any other in the DC area.

    Work schedule options are unheard of anywhere else. Flex schedule, core hours, tele-commute, credit time. Most of which do not exist in the private sector.

    An unusually large amount of returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and first generation Americans adds a diverse perspective to the workplace culture.

    No pressure to join AFGE Union Chapter beyond a single sales pitch during the first week.

    People seem to quickly decide if working for the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a career or just a job for the time being. The people that stay past 10 years are, for a variety of reasons, usually diehard BLS fans that enjoy working there and look forward to retiring from there. These 'lifers' are great for morale.

    Mathematical Statistician positions receive higher pay start to finish and a more degree-related workload than a lot of other employees. If you are a Stats graduate this is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Most reviews on Glassdoor prior to this are incredibly accurate.

    Bureaucracy reinforces many negative stereotypes about government agencies.

    The current budget situation is inflexible. Spending line items have had little to no change since 2008. This means that money can be appropriated to where it may no longer be needed while other areas are unable to obtain funding. Please note that this is not just at BLS as the same rule applies to several federal agencies. Budget cuts have hurt morale in the past and may continue to do so.

    A large amount of employees seem to lack significant private sector work experience, outside of peace corps volunteerism or academia.

    The returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and first generation Americans can be cliquish.

    Some people get promoted with commensurate salary increases faster than any greater responsibility can be assigned. Some people double their salary within a few years but do little more work than when they started.

    The work schedules are often such that the building can feel eerily empty at times.

    The AFGE Union Chapter is surprisingly strong considering that actual dues-paying members are far less than half of the total employees.

    Old computer systems with bugs. People without backgrounds in computer science are far too involved with IT processes that should be contracted out. Senior management probably realizes that current technology exists that would probably lead to payroll cuts between 3-5% from efficiency gains alone but prefers to develop systems in house to maintain the status quo.

    The headquarters building has a ridiculously large security presence. Getting into the building is like going through TSA security at an airport, it can take several minutes to get into the building if security guards have to use the metal detector wand on a person who keeps setting the walk-through detector off. If you are going for an interview, please keep this in mind.

    The recession and after effects appear to have made some employees hesitate to jump ship, even though some made the decision to leave within there first week. These people show up and do the bare minimum their position requires. These 'short-timers' are bad for morale but the process for removing career status employees is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight to become more independent from the Department of Labor and become part of the Chamber of Commerce. This would likely increase the credibility of the impartial, non-partisan status which BLS is supposed to have. Request that the Secretary of the Department of Labor stop commenting on BLS press releases. Movement to the Commerce Department hiearchy could increase voluntary survey participation in the business community.

    Contract the IT out to an independent third party, it will hurt in the short-term but it could ease the current budget pains.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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