US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
Thomas E. Perez
20 Ratings

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

  • Flex schedule, telework - good benefits (in 9 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. Wage & Hour Investigator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, work-life balance, mission, pay. The autonomy given to complete cases is exceptional.

    Cons

    Obsession with numbers (number of investigations, hours spent on investigations, back pay collected, etc.) rather than quality of investigations, poor leadership from regional and national management, poor communication and internal policy matters.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communications on internal policies (i.e. requirements for promotions, agency outlook, etc.)


  2. Staff accountant

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

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Professional work, high dedication to company's mission,

    Cons

    No any, easy access to work


  3. EEO Specialist

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance; meaningful work; current sec of labor had done a lot to improve morale.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility if you work in a field office; guidance is always changing; quite a bit of useless paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Build a good team and have mutual trust. People generally want to do a good job if you set them up for success.


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  5. Student Trainee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    very relaxed environment, really nice people

    Cons

    Easy to become complacent, never get to comfortable.


  6. The change

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    everyone worked as a team

    Cons

    never got a raise form the company


  7. Division Chief, Employment and Training Division

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Functional Area Chief, Contract Operations in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Functional Area Chief, Contract Operations in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Steady government position with upward mobility at mid-level management level.

    Cons

    Tendency to not invite innovation at all management levels.


  8. Technician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Management competency varies, a significant amount of nepotism


  9. Helpful (1)

    Depending on the agency, it could be decent at best

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New Secretary cares about employees' work-life balance, and overall happiness. He set up an pilot for a real workable Alternative Work Schedule where others haven't. He's always reaching out for feedback.

    Fed work is fed work.

    Cons

    New Secretary doesn't mean change will happen over night.

    Managers don't really care too much for their employees (though to be fair, some of the older coworkers are also institutionalized into laziness)

    New ideas aren't welcome.

    Fed work is fed work.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, and make sure that the personalities fit leadership. Just because someone was a brilliant program analyst, doesn't make them a leader.


  10. company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a job and takes care of the bills.

    Cons

    Too political. Race is a big factor.


  11. OCFO

    Current Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules
    Training always available
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    Financial system can be a pain
    Systems that interface with the financial system are out dated and slow

    Advice to Management

    Listen you your employees



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