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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.4 85 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz

Dr. Ernest Moniz

(4 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most supervisors were very supportive of teleworking and work/life balance(in 11 reviews)

  • job security, research and development ok(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of red tape to get things done, cleared(in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees(in 3 reviews)

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    Great atmosphere

    Program Assistant (Former Employee) Germantown, MD

    Prossalary, PTO, benefits, advancement opportunities, coworkers, work-life balance programs

    Consnew employee orientation length and content lacks

    Advice to Senior Managementorient new employees to campus and how DOE works

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great internship experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSupportive, warm culture. Treats employees well

    ConsPolitics/the Hill rules, impacting the work you get and the experience you receive

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Department of Bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDue to the broad scope of the agency, there is a significant amount of interesting work being done in many areas.

    ConsDOE suffers from similar issues that afflict many other federal agencies, including the ouroboros of red tape and leadership more concerned with politics than leading.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to stand up and stand out - the nation needs leaders. Getting the mission done and securing our country's scientific, energy, and environmental future is more important than winning a popularity contest.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Loosey-Goosey with Employee Privacy Data

    Human Resources Director (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAccess to some of the most impressive thought-leaders in the world. Impressive legacy re: Nobel Prize Winners. Great employees' cafeteria! HQ building is superbly located on Independence Avenue NW exactly 2 blocks from WMATA Metro system; across the street from the Smithsonian Institution's Castle and National Mall; and, 1 block away from L'Enfant Plaza merchants, food vendors, US Post Office, etc.

    ConsHORRIBLE leadership. Secure Access process was reinvented daily. Managed to allow a data breach that siphoned all employee privacy data collected over past 5 to 10 years for secure access badges. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYOU are the US Dept of Energy! YOU can manage nuclear codes and reserves, fossil fuel management, loan and grant initiatives, BUT, YOU cannot figure HOW to protect your employees from a devastating data breach???!!! REALLY???!!!! Get serious about protecting what's AS important as your THINGS ... YOUR PEOPLE!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    DOE is a unique place to work to pursue mission drive science and national policy through public service

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExtraordinary proximity to world leading science and national labs

    Consextraordinary bureaucracy and inefficiency in administration

    Advice to Senior Managementremove layers of management fearlessly to allocate more to science programs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work if you have competent co-workers/management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting work and important mission

    ConsBudgets are ever-changing. Difficult to implement projects.

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    All Politics, No Real Work

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsPretty easy jobs and many folks do alternate work schedule with every other Friday off. You can stay here 30 years and not have to worry about job security or working long hours or too hard.

    ConsPolitics drives the DOE, not mission requirements. The DOE SES community is a bureaucratic clique that looks out for each other, not regular GS employees. There are many many political (schedule C) appointees here and the turnover is quite high. It's a very risk averse culture that accomplishes little and lends itself towards backstabbing. The DOE has not had a clear mission in 20 years and does not have a new one in sight. Facilities are old and IT is ten years behind the commercial world. No thought towards succession planning or the next generation of leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of federal job "tenure" and get rid of so many schedule C appointees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Department of Energy

    Chemical Engineer (Current Employee) Albany, OR

    ProsIt is a great place to work

    ConsYou can develop various skills when you work for DOE

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    rewarding

    Engineer (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    Prosjob security, research and development ok

    Conslimited scope, poor communication ok

    Advice to Senior Managementget your employee's opinions and respond

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Early in my career, there were mountains to climb, now, the role for government is cloudy and blocked by the politics.

    IT Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsDedicated career staff who believe in the mission. Strong research talent in the national labs. IT tools were kept current. Strong focus on cyber security. Excellent work life balance.

    ConsToo political, excessive favoritism for certain employees, stale policies. Large scale change comes slowly as the career folks out wait the politicals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain the SES'ers on how to be more effective Executive Sponsors of IT Projects and Programs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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