US Department of Labor
3.3 of 5 67 reviews
www.dol.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.3 67 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

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Thomas E. Perez

(7 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/Life Balance is Great, Health Benefit Package competitive"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "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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Great learning experience

Legal Inter (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at US Department of Labor as an intern for less than a year

ProsExcellent mentoring, variety of work, no billable hour requirements, surrounded by intelligent and hard-working individuals

ConsGive more of a variety of projects

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

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All the pros and cons of an important regulatory bureaucracy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at US Department of Labor full-time

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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Compliance Officer (Current Employee)

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

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)

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of Labor as an intern for less than a year

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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Claims Examiner excellent career opportunities for those entering the government.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

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

Investigator (Former Employee)

I worked at US Department of Labor full-time for more than 3 years

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

I worked at US Department of Labor full-time for more than 3 years

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

I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking for a federal agency

ConsUnderpaid, No Stability, Unfair Labor Practices

Advice to Senior ManagementBring in new people

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