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US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
87 Reviews
3.6
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US Department of Commerce Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
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Review Highlights

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

  • Interesting work, supervisors in my division empowered employees to make decisions (in 4 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.  

    Underrated

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

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

    Pros

    Coming in as an intern, I had no idea how much Commerce actually did. Working on an interagency project, I got the chance to meet and work with lot of interesting (high level) figures. Metro stipend was nice too.

    Cons

    Unpaid. Facing the federal hiring process to become an employee. I also never really met interns working elsewhere in the building, which would have been helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure. Didn't work under the current Secretary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I am unsure how anything gets accomplished here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Location is great & people are friendly -for the most part.

    Cons

    Standard office bureaucracy hinders project completion

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Depends where you rank & if your the favored diverse employee

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    Current Employee - Statistical Clerk  in  Jeffersonville, IN
    Current Employee - Statistical Clerk in Jeffersonville, IN

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay is not too bad. Its better depending on classification. Apparently if your a "Career employee" GS 5 /6 or better, you matter, otherwise a peon to be stepped on or not as much. They encourage people to use Mass Transit. They encourage you to contribute. You can submit ideas in a formal process. I have received several buttons as "awards".

    Cons

    Absolutely no benefits if your classified "Intermittent", even if you work 37 1/2 hrs a week. supposedly we hire from within, but I have been stuck for 8 years even though been given numerous awards. Mass Transit typical commute is 2 hrs each way.If I drove, I'd be home within 30 minutes. Some managers are just phoning it in & if you pass on good ideas, it goes in the trash. You can submit an idea for formal review, of adopted, you used to get prizes, premiums or even got monetary awards. Now you get a button.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about make promotions totally blind to quotas. How about doing something more appropriate than a button.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Way to Understand How the Gov Works

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good group of very intelligent people with a passion for their work, as an intern was actually given some work to do that was more than just photo copying.

    Cons

    Can be a little mundane at times and if you're a recent grad you likely won't find a lot of other young bucks running around the Commerce building.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed

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    Current Employee - International Trade Compliance Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - International Trade Compliance Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A chance to get great experience internationally, make good contacts, depending on the specific agency. Your experience is largely dependent on your immediate 1-2 supervisors. Colleagues are generally very good.

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless and doesn't care. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is an apt analogy for most managers above the unit/office level, and Dilbert too often reads like an e-mail from an upper management's office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current crop is beyond saving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Several great opportunities, and all at one place

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    Former Employee - Census Enumerator  in  Brecksville, OH
    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Brecksville, OH

    I worked at US Department of Commerce as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working on the census. the job offered flexible hours, great interaction with the public, and great pay. I also enjoyed my co-workers, who were from diverse backgrounds and stages of their careers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most tours of duty only lasted a few weeks, a month or two at most. I was able to pick up several different tours over a 12 month period.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Secure and decent benefits, but lacking in vision and mission

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    Current Employee - Export Compliance Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Export Compliance Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, 40 hours/week, good benefits, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Real leadership is not stressed in the US government as far as I've seen. There is no competition thus few incentives to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read anything by John Maxwell. Create a vision and get people behind it. Grow your leaders. Invest in relationships. Give people a reason for coming to work other than just to hit their metrics and collect a pay check.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Census Employee

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    Former Employee - Field Representative  in  Fort Washington, MD
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Fort Washington, MD

    I worked at US Department of Commerce part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working on your own initiative. Excellent computer equipment. 95 percent of job is outside so you get fresh air and are not stuck behind a desk.

    Cons

    Driving to different locations was stressful. Immediate supervisor not very helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place for the motivated employee to advance his/her skills & experience.

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    Current Employee - Senior Training Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Training Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to innovate. Senior management open to new and improved processes.

    Cons

    Like much of the Federal Government, it is grossly under resourced for the number of tasks it is expected to complete effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I was an intern in the International Trade Administration

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

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

    Pros

    The people were great, there are occasionally really interesting projects.

    Cons

    Nonpaid, a lot of busy work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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