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US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
99 Reviews
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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 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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

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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Worked with strong,responsible people from diverse backgrounds.

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    Former Employee - Field Operations Supervisor for 2010 Census in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Field Operations Supervisor for 2010 Census in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I developed many valuable skills and was able to advance in a short period of time. I made some strong connections personally and professionally. It is too bad the position was short term. If available for the 2020 Census, I will apply for this position again.

    Cons

    Some aspects of the job were mundane. It was difficult to fill all positions required to get the job done. There were certain hiring mandates that made it difficult to be efficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Interesting scope of work but many uninterested coworkers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many different areas fall under the DoC - census, patents, minority business, trade, economic indicators.

    Cons

    Coworkers were disenfranchised or uninterested in their work. While most in management work to do the right thing, a few shouldn't be allowed to manage others.

  11.  

    Internship in SelectUSA Office

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    Former Intern - SelectUSA in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - SelectUSA in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There was a great working environment. The office is great because its fairly new (3 years) and very unique to DOC. So, its staffed by some really excellent, smart people with varying experience. Its probably one of the best and most under-rated offices in the agency.

    Cons

    Fairly understaffed and under-resourced. Insufficient job descriptions and boundaries. Clearly, there are some people in the office pulling more weight than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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