US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
Thomas E. Perez
17 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. Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Workplace flexibility is great. Secretary Perez is wonderful and sets a positive tone for the agency. The mission of the agency is great and relevant to the times. Most people are nice.

    Cons

    The bureaucratic red tape is ridiculous and strenuous. The clearance processes, approval processes, etc are unbearable and take away from the meaningful work. Definitely room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Management could use some improvement in interactions with employees.

  2. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  3. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. EEO Specialist

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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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Rewarding work. It is nice helping people if they are being discriminated against.

    Cons

    Management is controlling and not informed

    Advice to Management

    None, your culture is the rated in the lowest 10% of all government agencies.

  6. Demoralizing and depressing work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

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

    Pros

    My boss is really intelligent

    Cons

    I get paid a third of what others make who are barely even working. No respect or appreciation and very little pay. The benefits that people say are so great are really so bad that most doctors won't take them. More than half of the people I have to work with are idiots.

    Advice to Management

    The Secretary of Labor needs to stop giving everything to the unions so that management can get rid of ineffective personnel. The good, smart, hard-workers don't stay long, while the drug addicts, people who should have long reitred, and idiots who can't get another job stay. I will be leaving soon myself. If you'd like evidence why the federal government needs a complete overhaul, look at the Department of Labor.

  7. 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom of work, open environment

    Cons

    Poor pay and benefits; poor office space

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Great job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

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

    Pros

    Travel, great training and opportunity to help people

    Cons

    Law enforcement can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training

  10. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  11. Working for the Department of Labor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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