US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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US Department of Commerce Secretary of Commerce 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. Enumerator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Part of a team yet perform duties autonomously. Team leader very proficient. Pay grade commensurate with job. Every day was different.

    Cons

    Could be hazardous when given night shift in homeless sections of town or in non-English speaking areas. Some team members did not communicate well with each other and it created friction which inhibited quotas.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the position in more depth prior to sending member into field. Allow field workers to possess non-lethal ways of defending themselves like pepper-spray.


  2. Program Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good location, benefits, AWS, teleworking, some opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Inefficiencies, not results-oriented environment, very politicized, promotion does not come easy

    Advice to Management

    Change the leadership


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    Field Representative

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    Current Employee - Filed Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Filed Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Family Oriented, Not usually micro-managed,

    Cons

    Not enough work given to Filed-always limited even when your experience and track record are excellent, the HQ wants to keep everyone at Part time or less (intermittent)scheduled worker. Now focusing on cutting more time away from field on order to meet budget, rather than look at overhead in Regional Offices-not good position for someone needing FT income

    Advice to Management

    Look to Office workers to cut costs-the Field Staff is why we all exist and have jobs-without the field studies with proper response rates, we don't need office staff-We need a bit of latitude to complete work-especially dealing with the public


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  5. Great for those looking for part time only.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    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.


  6. 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
    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.


  7. 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.


  8. USDOC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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


  11. Great Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



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