US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
Thomas E. Perez
24 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. EBSA Invesitgator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Placentia, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Placentia, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Agency's goal is to protect workers in the labor force. The work itself is very rewarding. Management recognizes hard working investigators well and appropriately offer advancement.

    Cons

    Very result driven which could be implying unnecessary pressure and might not yield the best results for audits.

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be more efficient and effective if more decision making can be made by the investigators.


  2. DOL atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Workforce Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Workforce Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement; Recognition of Work; A good split between individual and team work

    Cons

    Too many meetings; Some employees are not held accountable for lackluster performance


  3. Ready to Leave..

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working environment. You can telework, pick your own working hours, and it's pretty easy to take leave.

    Cons

    Not being utilized in my work place to my full potential, or given motivation in my job. I was told there was no more room for career advancement/promotions for me in this office so I have been checked out since then. The building needs updates badly. I have seen my share of mice, and cockroaches etc.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs more training on employee motivation and giving out praises/awards every once in awhile.


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  5. Ok, but could be better

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staff are very committed to improving the workforce. Stable, steady work environment. Centrally located in downtown DC. Easy Metro access.

    Cons

    Tight budgets provide very limited resources for training or professional development. This is especially true if you are a program analyst or do administrative work.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Government Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A great deal of opportunity to learn and gain diverse skills, a good variety of projects, nice people.

    Cons

    Typical government issues abound, management is comprised of long term entrenched folks that long ago lost the will to make positive changes or rock the boat. Little chance for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the dead wood,


  7. Special Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (transportation subsidy, credit hours, vacation), flexible work schedule and great pay. A lot of people I work with are connected to the mission and excited about being public servants. Some really smart people work here.

    Cons

    Organizational silos, poor communication between agencies, some management issues, a lot of peers lack motivation, some of the senior leaders lack soft skills.


  8. Administrative Specialist

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    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great office, great benefits, flexible and rewarding job.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility in current position.


  9. Law and Policy Advisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Law and Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Law and Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, relaxed working environment, great benefits- pretty much depends on what agency within the department you are working for

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale (depending on your agency), dilapidated building in the national office

    Advice to Management

    The building and the IT department desperately both need to be fixed.


  10. Wage & Hour Investigator

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

    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.)


  11. Economist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Promotion, professional development, lack of good leaders

    Advice to Management

    Develop management skills, provid training and professional development opportunities



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