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US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
95 Reviews
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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.  

    Interesting work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities, many learning experiences

    Cons

    Often politicized and not well managed

  2.  

    One of the better gov't agencies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Commerce full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move up, develop a career. Many of the best employees leave after a few years because of the lack of opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better path for career advancement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Commerce

    Pros

    Great staff at this location

    Cons

    I have no complaints for this company

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  5.  

    Census Bureau

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Houston, TX

    I worked at US Department of Commerce full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, team environment, great pay. While some positions themselves may be repetitive, such as a field worker interviews people, meeting various types of new people throughout the city make the job interesting.

    Cons

    Very fluid, frequent changes. At times very bureaucratic. Very difficult to speak to higher ups. Must always follow "chain of command."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interview can often be difficult to obtain. Employees sometimes could be cut some slack.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    International Trade Administration Intern

    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers in my department.

    Cons

    Taking place during the time of a Furlough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Intern with the ITA, Foreign Services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Looks great on a resume, real world issues, great networking, interesting projects, gov't perks, people are very welcoming and friendly

    Cons

    not a lot of structure, not a motivated office, 9-5/sometimes lazy job,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have specific projects/responsibilities for interns before they start

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Pointless intern job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Assistant Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Trade Assistant Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Network with experienced professionals, learn more about the business

    Cons

    Not much to do, very bland job, no pay at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more tasks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start a career; bad place to continue one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Commerce full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - I had a great office which was filled with smart people who generally did good work.
    - Salary increases over the first few years (from GS-9 to GS-13) are substantial, if you get them.
    - I had the chance to learn a lot on the edges of important meetings, and at key briefings.
    - Before budget cuts got horrible, I had the opportunity for interesting local training and routine international travel.

    Cons

    - Quality of management varies substantially from office to office. Too many incompetent/difficult people end up managing offices or divisions -- and then it is very difficult to get rid of them. They leave broken dreams (i.e., poorly-managed staff that don't get promoted) in their wake.
    - Stifling bureaucracy. Most managers tend to avoid stepping on toes, which means that ambitious ideas often do not get anywhere unless the political appointees buy in.
    - The bureaucracy promotes mediocrity. If you can go along to get along, you can build a steady if uneventful career here.
    - Political appointees do not always have long-term interests of the organization in mind. They are prone to vanity projects, junkets, and creating busy work.
    - SEQUESTRATION / BUDGET PROBLEMS / confusing reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get too caught up in budgets and bureaucracy. Remember that the substantive work is why you're here in the first place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best jobs to have

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Census Enumerator in Concord, CA

    I worked at US Department of Commerce part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid while commuting, interview people, set your own hours, walking/active, outdoors

    Cons

    Temporary position, working under leaders who are temporary, overall a lack of chaos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to change the rules every other day. Consistency is key.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Busy from the bottom on up!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Ops Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Field Ops Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Was promoted from within very fast! Hard work awarded with promotions.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming while processing data from the public and attempting to please your superiors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more support to Supervisor and Managers!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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