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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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    auditor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Education

    Pros

    nice co-workers/good team to work with/training opportunities

    Cons

    not very challenging work environment/must be us citizens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Small but powerful

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Education

    Pros

    -a lot of funding for a smaller federal agency
    -high visibility projects because education is always a top priority for the President

    Cons

    -top-heavy
    -appointee-heavy
    -bureaucratic, which means simple things take a very long time to implement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worked as government contractor and expectations were met and in some cases exceeded. No cmplaints.

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    Former Employee - Liaison in Niagara Falls, NY
    Former Employee - Liaison in Niagara Falls, NY

    I worked at US Department of Education full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly comprehensive training. 3 months worth.

    Cons

    hours and mandatory overtime during peak season did not go over well with some people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Barney Fife

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at US Department of Education full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay with federal benefits not very difficult work educational information is widely available

    Cons

    lots of discontent, nobody answers their phones, superficial work, maintenance of status quo key to success,lots of in fighting and silos with established turfs. Trust nobody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the Peter Principle is very apparent, higher leadership from the outside based on merit on ability to make improvements not on how long worked at the ED, willingness to tow line or loyalty to Managment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Education full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The agency is mission driven. There are good opportunities for training and professional development. The job is stable. Once you get through a one year probationary period, it is nearly impossible to be fired. It is family-friendly. You can telework a few days a week in many parts of the agency.

    Cons

    Things happen slowly, which can be frustrating. Poor performers are rarely fired, so you can work with outstanding people and really lame people at the same time. The large number of politcal appointees can be a problem, because they try to change things without knowing the organization. And then they leave on average after only a year and a half. And they're often young, inexperienced, but connected to political donors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young people. Move faster. Fire poor performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Education

    Pros

    great bosses and office culture

    Cons

    cons are what you make of it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Management & Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management & Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Education full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, is more relaxed and more flexible than other government agencies I have worked for.

    Cons

    With all things considered, none. When I state all things considered I am referrig to other government agencies I have done business with. the Dept. Of Ed. Is more flexible than the FAA, however not as flexible as a start up. So the Department could be more flexible and more dynamic but it is more progressive than it couinterparts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what is best for the people first, not universities or servicers. This goes for all of DOED.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great intern experience at Department of Ed

    Former Employee - Management Analyst/Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Analyst/Systems Administrator in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Education as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work .

    Cons

    more opportunity should be provided

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    Good people and relaxed atmosphere, with meaningful work (from an Intern perspective)

    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good amount of work
    Saw various job positions and duties within the organization, which was very helpful for figuring out my own interests and skills

    Cons

    Didn't get to meet as many people in the office aside from the team you work with
    Sometimes can be hard to reach team members if they are telecommuting

    Recommends
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    So-so Internship Experience

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

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

    Pros

    My summer internship was at the Risk Management Service, which allowed me to see a unique side of government workings--application of business & data-driven principles in government decisions and procedures. People were very nice and always willing to help.

    Cons

    It seemed like most of the people in my office were late into their careers or still-in-college interns...and the interns amounted to like 3 people total--far outweighed by the older folks. Hard to feel a sense of camaraderie and excitement/motivation for the work that was going on...but maybe it's like that in government agencies across the board. And as an intern, there is only so much that can be given...I would often have days where I would finish all of my work in 2 hours and have nothing to do for 6 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More structured internship program that takes care of interns and invests in their professional development

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