US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated July 27, 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 that seemed to involve many different offices (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of advancement opportunities and poor middle management (in 3 reviews)

  • Bureaucracy (whether at Commerce or probably any other federal agency) stifles initiative, drive and creativity (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great for those looking for part time only.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Pros

    You can work flexible hours. There is interaction with the public. The ability to work from home the majority of the time.

    Cons

    Unless your supervisor is on top of things, you may feel cut off from the office when you are in the field. Accolades are given to those in the office. Those in the field are not acknowledged.


  2. Interning with Department of Commerce

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    Current Employee - International Trade Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - International Trade Assistant in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, gets you lots of contacts for future job opportunities

    Cons

    This internship is unpaid which can make the incentive to work hard and work full time. However you get to meet a lot of high up there people and can make very valuable contacts.


  3. Lead Executive Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time

    Pros

    Excellent workplace. Must be patient with bureaucracy, must enjoy reading policies and procedures. People are great to work with!

    Cons

    There are no cons, Commerce Dept. has cons just like any other Federal workplaces. I cant think of one

    Advice to Management

    Provide upward mobility to lower level staff.


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  5. USDOC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

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

    Pros

    Mission and functions within the departments

    Cons

    Federal bureacracy and lenght it takes to hire

    Advice to Management

    Hiring efficiency should be implemented


  6. File Clerk

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    Former Employee - File Clerk in District Heights, MD
    Former Employee - File Clerk in District Heights, MD

    I worked at US Department of Commerce (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You learn various aspects of why you need a patent for inventions. You challenged yourself to do better at meeting your quota for the day and it made you feel great when you made it.

    Cons

    Working in a dusty and cold environment


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    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    A very Telework friendly environment

    Cons

    The technology is fragmented but senior leadership is actively working to improve.


  8. Great Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Commerce

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great experience learning about US trade policy and supporting business growth in the US. Got to interact with senior department officials and meet with US business leaders and foreign officials.

    Cons

    Like most government agencies, it can be overly bureaucratic. It took me a week to get computer access and three weeks to get my transit benefits.


  9. Enumerator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Commerce

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very interesting work. Work on one's own.

    Cons

    Temporary work is the only option, or permanent part-time


  10. 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.


  11. Welcome to the 1980s

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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