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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
83 Reviews
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement (in 8 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)

  • Downsides include the government salary and layers upon layers of red tape that often surround the progress of work (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Enlightening, A place to learn alot

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

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

    Pros

    Great cafeteria. Many good people who want to make the place better but it is an upward battle.

    Cons

    Extremely slow to make changes. Outright discriminatory behavior from attorneys in the Solicitors office against contractors. There is a huge discriminations issue between contractors and Federal employees. At least 40% of the Federal employees are ineffectual, lazy and in spite of incredibly poor staff reviews they cannot seem to fire them. Disheartening, slave force mentality. (I am non-black)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the madness- clear out the deadweight lazy Fed employees. Be kind to people who are the underpinnings of the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad, but not great either

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, good benefits - very fortunate for these
    Some positive changes under new Secretary, including internal detail, training opportunities and improved interest in feedback from employees

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward mobility very much depend on the office/agency
    Does not seem to be much training for employees, including managers
    Large number of managers clearly aren't cut out to manage
    HR offices not very transparent and frequently very unprofessional
    Does not always practice what it preaches, especially with issues of equal pay, opportunities for some and not others, accommodations for employees with disabilities or physical limitations, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue efforts to provide career opportunities and training within
    Make hiring practices more transparent/improve HR operations with some real specialists
    Consider where administrative funds are spent - if people have been hired who can do competent work, then give them raises rather than spending tons of extra money on an outside contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start a career in government/ public service.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefits in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Benefits in Phila, PA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security.Great benefits, very flexible work schedules/ telework for most. good salary/ pay if you have an advance degree. For the most part, good people to work with. Many believe in our mission to serve for the public good.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for career growth,slow advancement, too much office bureaucracy and red tape. Excessive abuse of management power, huge egos, and superiority complex. If you're creative, motivated worker and resourceful, you'll not be considered a good fit for this department. You'll be shunned for standing out and accused of not fitting the old stereotypical fed worker mold. Cut throat and extremely competitive culture, envy abounds and there's no office camaraderie .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate employees better skills, recognize pre- government work expertise , utilize employees strengths and use specialized and skilled workers to help improve work efficiency/ effectiveness. When deciding new policies, and projects, provide clear and decisive practical instruction , provide tools and effective guidance to facilitate the new practices and processes for better efficiency.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity for steady pay and professional development opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Immigration Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Immigration Program Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, Great benefits, Good pay

    Cons

    Too closed minded and not very innovative in its approach to improving processes and systems to maximize efficiency and productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider private sector methodologies for improvement. Create program guidelines that actually protect the wages and working conditions of US workers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intense and Engaging

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Work like balance is a plus, the people are usually easy to work with and management helps out their new employees toward upper development with the organization.

    Cons

    Small projects can become tedious over time. Small jobs take longer because of the "laid back" culture within the government.

  7.  

    Investigator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investigator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Investigator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great environment! Supportive management!

    Cons

    It can be challenging to meet with difficult employers

    Recommends
  8.  

    Bad decision ro come here to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Generous PTO like any other govt agency

    Cons

    Co-workers are your biggest enemies here...

  9.  

    Worst professional experience of my life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Case Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Case Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Department of Labor as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I actually did have work, it was semi-interesting and insightful into how the government works. I learned a lot but am having trouble transfering what i learned to a new job.

    Cons

    I worked on different types of employment based visas between two different cities. It was the most mismanaged and tense offices I ever worked in. I couldn't have my opinions and expertise count for any less by management. There are way way too many levels of management making one bad decision after another. Workflow was irregular and I would go days without anything to do. I had my salary cut in half twice. I went through three different rounds of layoffs. I was laid off twice. Once, where they had another position for me in a different city at half the pay. And then, I was finally let go for good two months ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. The bickering in the office is counter productive. Treat your employees with some respect, contract and federal. Quit changing how you want things done every five minutes. Quit wasting taxpayer dollars by having such inefficient and uncoherent and outdated ways of doing things. Fire employees that do nothing. Promote people that do good work not people who are your cousins. Listen to employees' opinions. Quit pushing the contractors around. Don't hire people and fire them a week later through no fault of their own. Don't move people to a different city and fire them 8 months later without any notice. Really, I could go on but I would be beating a dead horse. it was unacceptably bad. This is not a rant, this is what actually happened.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    DOL Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay, benefits good, but expensive

    Cons

    Management does not allow work/life balances. Recognition of job well done is limited to those who management likes. Not much room for advancement. Management not willing to allow moves to learn more tasks/responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize you are dealing with PEOPLE. Push for better moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Vital Work Performed In A Poor Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator
    Current Employee - Investigator

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

    Pros

    The work investigators perform is important and often impacts the lives of extremely vulnerable people. Compensation is adequate. Benefits package is generous; you'll never want for time off if you plan right, and several senior employees are known for taking almost the entire month of December off work to avoid 'use or lose' policies on their annual leave. Opportunities for travel are plentiful and can also result in considerable financial windfalls if your car gets good gas mileage and you protect your per diem on overnight trips.

    Cons

    While potential employees are lured to the position by the promise of quick and hassle-free advancement at clearly defined stages, nothing could be further from the truth. I have had to fight for every promotion over the course of my career here. Managers seem to be taught to never give investigators any clear goals to aid advancement and will attempt to answer e-mailed questions about advancement issues verbally so they don't commit themselves in writing. Advancement is not competitive with other investigators but you'd never know it from the atmosphere: backbiting and gossip is rampant. Promotion to management seems to depend on either your skill in brown-nosing or your luck in being born into whatever demographic group the federal government is sucking up to at the time. Good managers are few and far between, and the vast majority of high-quality managers had to fight and scratch for the better part of a decade to ascend. District and area offices are headed by directors; they are typically high-tech but end up in the wrong one and you may be micromanaged and watched at all times by management to the point of paranoia. Field offices are investigators only and as a result don't suffer from overbearing management, but they often suffer from a lack of supplies and working office equipment (and good luck getting anything you need from higher-ups). If you want to switch over to the private sector, there is little in the way of transferrable skills without a law degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote good employees when they've earned it; give them clear goalposts for said advancement and don't make them fight for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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