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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
86 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Claims Examiner excellent career opportunities for those entering the government.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Ten years here.

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and excellent benefits. There are a few great managers, but most leave in order for more challenging opportunities.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunity for advancement unless someone leaves. The work becomes much less challenging as you spend more years doing the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on leading, especially by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding but not creative

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor
    Current Employee - Attorney Advisor

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

    Pros

    very good hours and compensation

    Cons

    poor prospects for next job

  6.  

    Good work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very compelling, high level work

    Cons

    Some positions work very hard, even harder than the private sector

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Review of the Department of Labor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Labor

    Pros

    Company picnics and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Unlimited potential for advancement is out there.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work experience! Great training! I felt as though I were really performing a public service.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worker's Compensation Claims Examiner in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Worker's Compensation Claims Examiner in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed co-workers! Professional and friendly. My co-workers made it joyful to go to work! They were dedicated to their mission. Again, it felt like I was truly performing a public service.

    Cons

    Huge caseloads and not enough time or examiners. However, that didn't alter our efforts.
    Incentives could have eased the burden and created higher morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use positive incentives more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was great. The employees are really respected and their rights are severely protected. They are really understanding

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time

    Pros

    Hours a week that you have to work

    Cons

    No over time, instead extra hours get used to cover vacation days or days you are late

  10.  

    The federal government needs to adapt to a changing world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    meaningful work, pension, and the ability to serve our nation

    Cons

    old bureaucratic environment, lack of competitive pay, low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use a structure to empower employees. do away with the hierarchy and utilize a team approach to solving problems. cut the red tape so we can get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Typical civilian federal govt job - good job security, little opportunity for development, bureaucracy is a hindrance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good collective bargaining, good benefits, good mission statement

    Cons

    Inability to achieve mission statement due to focus on meeting bureaucratic and administrative objectives, managers lack leadership/management skills, little support/few tools available for utilization in job completion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce (train managers and non-managers, encourage communication), reevaluate planning and implementation with agency's core values/mission statement in mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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