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  1.  

    Bad decision ro come here to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Generous PTO like any other govt agency

    Cons

    Co-workers are your biggest enemies here...

  2.  

    Vital Work Performed In A Poor Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Investigator
    Current Employee - Investigator

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

    Pros

    The work investigators perform is important and often impacts the lives of extremely vulnerable people. Compensation is adequate. Benefits package is generous; you'll never want for time off if you plan right, and several senior employees are known for taking almost the entire month of December off work to avoid 'use or lose' policies on their annual leave. Opportunities for travel are plentiful and can also result in considerable financial windfalls if your car gets good gas mileage and you protect your per diem on overnight trips.

    Cons

    While potential employees are lured to the position by the promise of quick and hassle-free advancement at clearly defined stages, nothing could be further from the truth. I have had to fight for every promotion over the course of my career here. Managers seem to be taught to never give investigators any clear goals to aid advancement and will attempt to answer e-mailed questions about advancement issues verbally so they don't commit themselves in writing. Advancement is not competitive with other investigators but you'd never know it from the atmosphere: backbiting and gossip is rampant. Promotion to management seems to depend on either your skill in brown-nosing or your luck in being born into whatever demographic group the federal government is sucking up to at the time. Good managers are few and far between, and the vast majority of high-quality managers had to fight and scratch for the better part of a decade to ascend. District and area offices are headed by directors; they are typically high-tech but end up in the wrong one and you may be micromanaged and watched at all times by management to the point of paranoia. Field offices are investigators only and as a result don't suffer from overbearing management, but they often suffer from a lack of supplies and working office equipment (and good luck getting anything you need from higher-ups). If you want to switch over to the private sector, there is little in the way of transferrable skills without a law degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote good employees when they've earned it; give them clear goalposts for said advancement and don't make them fight for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Legal Inter in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Legal Inter in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Department of Labor as an intern (less than a 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
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room for Improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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