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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
83 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement (in 8 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    Work was rewarding; Enforced regulations to increase workplace opportunities, eliminate discrimination

    Cons

    Leadership very top-down; not open to feedback from rank and file

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and respond to their concerns; consider their recommendations

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worked at DOL as a student intern for years

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst
    Former Employee - Program Analyst

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Professional dress code not always required.
    Casual attire acceptable most days.

    Beautiful rooftop view near cafeteria.

    Employee celebrations

    Cons

    Supervisors, managers, and majority of the management within ETA are racist and hire people of the right skin color.

    Low pay

    Was denied a grade increase for years, even after receiving an above performance review annually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote good employees, let go of the bad employees.

    Offer tuition reimbursement, as most federal agencies do.

    Offer more professional trainings for all emoloyees self development.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This is an organization that goes on the premise of "Do as I say, not as I do."

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    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    The leave is very generous and stability is very stable.

    Cons

    The managers have no training. They have no concept of how to deal with people. A lot of the management folks are wanna be cops.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide basic training on EEO and discrimination. The good ole boy shop does not have to exist. There is something other than work - a basic homelife.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    This is an excellent organization to get started in.

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    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere. All of the work gets done on time without any hassles and an all around good attitude.

    Cons

    There is really no room for growth. You will have to consider leaving DOL after only a couple of years for a lack of any opportunities for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no room for growth. It kills motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    EBSA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Projects are interesting. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of politics to deal with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    All the pros and cons of an important regulatory bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    US 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Legal Inter in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Legal Inter in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Department of Labor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Give more of a variety of projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Employee Benefits Security Administration

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    Former Employee - Research Economist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Economist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Only basic research performed with little real opportunity to perform serious research.

    Cons

    Poor choice for researchers, as much of real research is farmed out to private companies. No opportunity to have research published or even reviewed properly by peers. Low level research being performed there by Economics staff. Don't waste your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the ability of senior staff to provide good management guidance and a quality research manager to head the Economic Group. As there is no real opportunity for research to be performed at a higher level, there is no upward ability to create meaningful research. Seems that management is only interested in simple number crunching of already performed research or surveys done in private sector. All research is obtained from private firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room for Improvement

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    Current Employee - Compliance Officer
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, rewarding public service.

    Cons

    Fickle management priorities, poor leadership skill development among first line and midlevel managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a stronger leadership development program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a great place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, tons of benefits, still have. Pension

    Cons

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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