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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 77 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez

Thomas E. Perez

(8 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have(in 7 reviews)

  • Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • If you want to switch over to the private sector, there is little in the way of transferrable skills without a law degree(in 3 reviews)

  • Maybe get a little monotonous at times and some members of Senior Management should receive better training in staff supervision(in 3 reviews)

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    Research Economist (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOnly basic research performed with little real opportunity to perform serious research.

    ConsPoor choice for researchers, as much of real research is farmed out to private companies. No opportunity to have research published or even reviewed properly by peers. Low level research being performed there by Economics staff. Don't waste your time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the ability of senior staff to provide good management guidance and a quality research manager to head the Economic Group. As there is no real opportunity for research to be performed at a higher level, there is no upward ability to create meaningful research. Seems that management is only interested in simple number crunching of already performed research or surveys done in private sector. All research is obtained from private firms.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    All the pros and cons of an important regulatory bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe work is important. The Department of Labor has some of the most important regulatory functions in government that I was proud to work on - protecting minimum wage workers from abuse/underpay, checking to make sure employers are not spending employee retirement/health benefits, enforcing some important health & safety issues in dangerous workplaces. This feels good.

    ConsUS government - extremely bureaucratic. Results are not the point - following the process is the point. If you are driven or self-managing, this is not the right place for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Room for Improvement

    Compliance Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsGrowth opportunities, rewarding public service.

    ConsFickle management priorities, poor leadership skill development among first line and midlevel managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a stronger leadership development program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a great place to start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have. Pension

    ConsIf you want to do something meaningful with your life then stay away ... It's a struggle everyday to show up and keep workin... No checks and balances, the managers are clueless and the claimants are in the age of entitlement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Office of Administrative Law Judges

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat staff and awesome learning opportunities. Very hands on in terms of sitting in on hearings, phone conferences, and important meetings. Lots of research and writing opportunities available as well.

    ConsLike most federal internships, this one is unpaid and the hours tend to be generally long. You will be expected to stay past what you may have expected.

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    It's a good and predictable place to work, with interesting issues to examine.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe schedule is great, the benefits are great, the location is good, the work can be good if you demonstrate quality work.

    ConsDownsides include the government salary and layers upon layers of red tape that often surround the progress of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working at it! You're getting there!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A bunch of clowns! I have never seen such unprofessional and unorganized organization in my life!

    Investigator (Former Employee)

    ProsYou don't have worry about keeping up your skills because this agency is so far behind you're just fine the way you are.

    ConsUnfair, favoritism, unprofessional, and unorganized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because you're in management doesn't mean you're God. Just because you're in management doesn't necessarily mean you should be there. When you have policies and procedures you should honor those policies and procedures and not play favoritism. Also try keeping employees that are smart and make the agency look good instead of a bunch of people that represent stupidity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood hours, some social impact

    ConsLow morale, a lot of bureaucracy, opaque promotion rules

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage a culture of good management and employee/manager relations; be honest with employees and do not treat them like children

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    Very Unorganized and Unprofessional

    Administrative Clerk (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWorking for a federal agency

    ConsUnderpaid, No Stability, Unfair Labor Practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in new people

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    Claims Examiner excellent career opportunities for those entering the government.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThis is a great place to learn about workers compensation and law.

    ConsHard to move into other areas and other career fields.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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