US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
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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. Meaningful Work

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    Former Employee - Senior Investigator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Investigator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    The job you are doing is for the benefit of employees who work for private companies.

    Cons

    There are many administrative and useless requirements that burden an employee from doing their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to analyze the tasks required of employees and eliminate those that serve no purpose

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Passionate people, deadly bureacracy

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Important mission, meaningful work. Many smart and nice co-workers. Good location. Cafeteria has lots of options. Wide array of federal benefits. They are working to improve IT. Secret racquetball court.

    Cons

    Handfuls of poor performers protected by union and by top leadership afraid to deal with union excesses. High and average performers crushed by workloads; very poor work-life balance. Building has vermin. Workers occasionally furloughed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to everyone, not just the union. They don't represent everyone. It's insulting to tout worker protection laws while running your own people into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. This is a great place to work, overall.

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    Current Employee - Compliance Safety and Health Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Compliance Safety and Health Officer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Variety of case work which shows how regulation is applied from cradle to grave.

    Peers have diverse backgrounds which makes for a great team environment.

    If you can generate results you will largely manage your own schedule.

    Some managers are exceptional, usually found at Regional Offices, they will take an interest in talented people.

    Excellent training opportunities.

    This is the best place for work/life balance in America!!!!

    Cons

    Most managers do not have education in management, (plenty of prior service) thus the typical management style is autocratic which requires a sense of humor to deal with. Suggestions can be treated as protests. Discussions with managers can be similar to an informal conference. The GOV struggles implementing technology. This job can be very confrontational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much, the system has its confines, nothing management can do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Freedom of work, open environment

    Cons

    Poor pay and benefits; poor office space

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. Great job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Travel, great training and opportunity to help people

    Cons

    Law enforcement can be stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Impossible to Advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is stable and you get modest increases in pay year on year. There is no chance of being fired.

    Cons

    It is absolutely impossible to advance. If you choose to work for DoL, count on staying for no more than two years. You will stagnate. Guaranteed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Working for the Department of Labor

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    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    The agency protects workers rights. The agency also promotes work-life balance for employees by providing flexible work schedules. The agency encourages employee growth by providing training which includes online training courses.

    Cons

    Due to budget restraints, the some agencies within the department do not have resources needed to perform their jobs to the fullest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work for. The benefits and pay are alright. People here are motivated and willing to put in the hard work.

    Cons

    It's government work. Very repetitive at times. Little room for advancement and personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Current employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Flex schedule, telework - good benefits

    Cons

    Peter principal in full swing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Department of Labor Review

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    Former Employee - Investigator in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Investigator in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to manage your own workload. Varying tasks and responsibilities that do not become monotonous. 40 hour weeks, never any overtime. No busy periods so you know what to expect week to week.

    Cons

    Dealing with effects of politics and budget constraints. Lack of communication from top to bottom. There is a definitely ceiling to promotion. Must be mobile and move to DC if you aspire to continue rising through the ranks of the Department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to the development and growth of an office. Lack of communication will lead to lower quality work products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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