US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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US Department of Commerce Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
Penny Pritzker
8 Ratings

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, flexible scheduling (in 4 reviews)

  • Interesting work, supervisors in my division empowered employees to make decisions (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Entrenched and poisonous middle/upper-middle management (in 3 reviews)

  • Salary is too low and political appointees can be difficult to work with/for (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Strong leadership under Secretary Penny Pritzker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location- Herbert Hoover building sits 1 block south and 2 blocks east of the White House.

    Cons

    The Herbert Hoover building is in need of renovation. There are no kitcken facilities, the windows have been painted shut, but yet you can still hear all the construction and traffic outside.

  2. Welcome to the 1980s

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

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Pros

    There is lots of office space (even junior people may have their own)
    Beautiful location
    Metro accessible

    Cons

    IT infrastructure is complete garbage
    Disparate IT infrastructure means that some bureaus are using different (and incompatible) commodity IT that makes communicating across bureaus difficult
    Uninspiring and unintelligent management
    Lack of unbiased promotion opportunities
    Information necessary to do your job usually requires a lengthy hunt (or accidentally enraging people who happen to have it)
    I imagine this must be what employees of the Republic felt like in Star Wars. Every bureau has its own policies and procedures, and central management tends to not set consistent policy, but rather say "I don't control that."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should all quit. There are so many levels within the hierarchy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. International Trade Administration

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    Current Employee - International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Travel opportunities, the chance to work with great folks at overseas Embassies, interesting work on industry and government projects.

    Cons

    Senior Management gets worse by the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

    Negative Outlook
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  5. Decent experience, but extremely bureaucratic.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency in projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Office of the Secretary

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    Former Intern - Graduate Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Graduate Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Commerce as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Down-to-earth staffers, friendly and great value-system. Able to learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic hiring-system and hard to stand out in such a huge agency with so many talented employees from all over the country.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Paralegal

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Nice place to work and enjoy being an employee

    Cons

    Weather is unpredictable and can interfer with arrival time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer different ways to advance

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    I loved working at this agency. The topics were interesting and the people were very sharp.

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Commerce full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    staff, issues, dedication to mission

    Cons

    bureacracy, slow process, office space was depressing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. Unpaid intership

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    Former Intern - ITA Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - ITA Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Commerce as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Given significant responsibilities
    Given work with minimal supervision
    Worked on actual, useful projects, not on any fluff projects
    Very flexible in schedule

    Cons

    Not as economics related as expected
    Sometimes guidance was vague
    Only a small travel subsidy provided after a complicated process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Experience widely varies between offices

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    Former Employee - International Trade Specialist
    Former Employee - International Trade Specialist

    I worked at US Department of Commerce full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, telework is an option, and you're not chained to your desk 40 hours a week. If you have a supportive manager, there's lots of ability to develop and and carry out new initiatives and projects locally, regionally or even internationally.

    Cons

    The local managers can do just about anything they want. That's fine if you have a good one, but unfortunately I didn't. People who raised issues were retaliated against.

    You're public facing and will have to take calls from and travel to meet with people who are very hostile to the government and its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at the offices with high turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great "foot in the door" experience while interning with the Department of Commerce

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce as an intern

    Pros

    Great "foot in the door" experience while interning with the Department of Commerce. That being said, like anything else, it is what you make it. This can be a unique opportunity to work with smart, motivated people and leverage connections for future employment opportunities.

    Cons

    In federal offices the attitude can be lackadaisical at best as people are more passionate about where they are going than where they are.

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