US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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US Department of Commerce Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
Penny Pritzker
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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. Helpful (1)

    Law Clerk

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Major hands on experience
    - Treated like an associate attorney
    -Lots of brief writing
    -Metro Benefits
    - Hire from their interns

    Cons

    - Not a lot of formalized mentoring

    Advice to Management

    Work on integrating intern more into the team

  2. Meets lots of people from all over the world, with different back stories

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Met a lot of small and medium companies looking to export. Meetings and conferences with trade specialists, and U.N. Members. Interesting research.

    Cons

    Sometimes the research can be a bit dry and repetitive. Lack of job opportunities for interns. Did not really help with job preparation.

  3. Great working environment / Exposure to high quality professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Trade Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - International Trade Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to tap into network of international trade career professionals.
    Great work experience in international trade promotion, trade remedies, US trade laws and export initiatives.
    In house development opportunities like brown bag lunches and opportunities to carry informational interviews with high ranking government officials.
    Transport subsidy.

    Cons

    Work tends to revolve more around diplomatic and export promotion initiatives.
    Internship not directly conducive to employment offer.
    Cafeteria facilities are sub par.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the internship to hire pipeline.

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  5. 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.

  6. Welcome to the 1980s

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. International Trade Administration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Leave.

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency in projects

  9. Office of the Secretary

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. 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 Management

    Offer different ways to advance

  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    staff, issues, dedication to mission

    Cons

    bureacracy, slow process, office space was depressing.

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