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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
86 Reviews
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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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    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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a good and predictable place to work, with interesting issues to examine.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The schedule is great, the benefits are great, the location is good, the work can be good if you demonstrate quality work.

    Cons

    Downsides include the government salary and layers upon layers of red tape that often surround the progress of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working at it! You're getting there!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hours, some social impact

    Cons

    Low morale, a lot of bureaucracy, opaque promotion rules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage a culture of good management and employee/manager relations; be honest with employees and do not treat them like children

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Unorganized and Unprofessional

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    Current Employee - Administrative Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Clerk in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Working for a federal agency

    Cons

    Underpaid, No Stability, Unfair Labor Practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new people

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A bunch of clowns! I have never seen such unprofessional and unorganized organization in my life!

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    Former Employee - Investigator
    Former Employee - Investigator

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You don't have worry about keeping up your skills because this agency is so far behind you're just fine the way you are.

    Cons

    Unfair, favoritism, unprofessional, and unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you're in management doesn't mean you're God. Just because you're in management doesn't necessarily mean you should be there. When you have policies and procedures you should honor those policies and procedures and not play favoritism. Also try keeping employees that are smart and make the agency look good instead of a bunch of people that represent stupidity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Claims Examiner excellent career opportunities for those entering the government.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn about workers compensation and law.

    Cons

    Hard to move into other areas and other career fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office of Administrative Law Judges

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great staff and awesome learning opportunities. Very hands on in terms of sitting in on hearings, phone conferences, and important meetings. Lots of research and writing opportunities available as well.

    Cons

    Like most federal internships, this one is unpaid and the hours tend to be generally long. You will be expected to stay past what you may have expected.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding but not creative

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    Current Employee - Workforce Development Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Workforce Development Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Ability to affect the lives of millions

    Cons

    Inability to be creative with technical assistance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the grantees as partners, not adversaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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