United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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Pros
  • Most supervisors were very supportive of teleworking and work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good work life balance, lots of red tape.

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    Current Employee - General Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great work life balance, nice people and interesting work.

    Cons

    most days feel like you are running in place, but if work life balance is your goal, then why not?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to empower and delegate to your employees - too many senior folks try to do it all themselves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Too much energy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Energy labs are outstanding and I was proud to be able to visit the Argonne labs in Chicago. The work is very much needed in the UsA that they do.

    Cons

    At the division areas, the last thing you want to do when you come to an new agency is look for the protocal. This seems to be the norm here at headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a manual for each department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. DOE

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Long term, stable, lots of work

    Cons

    Management and red tape, hard to move around. Some of the work is beyond dull.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great mission and fascinating work, but hard to move around and gain experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Great values, good people and strong mission-oriented focus. Many of the employees are extremely competent, talented and hard-working

    Cons

    The usual bureaucratic issues: things are slow, inefficient, some people act like they are retired on the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great chance to experience work in the federal government

    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Access to a lot of great people, great learning experience

    Cons

    Slow paced and quiet work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to recruit/retain interns to full time positions

  7. Fun Atmosphere, Interesting Work

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Most people are smart, driven, and motivated, but not competitive.
    Surprisingly fun social atmosphere for young people. New people are made to feel welcome and included in the social circle for lunch, weekly drinks, baseball games, parties, etc.
    I started as a summer intern and the pay was almost twice as high as most of my classmates.
    Great work/life balance and flexible hours.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be soul-crushing. I spent two months working on a research paper with my boss, who had himself been working on the project for 6 months. He couldn't get his boss to review the report for publishing for almost a year, by which point the data was outdated and the topic already thoroughly covered in the media. This kind of thing happened monthly. Made me feel like we were wasting tax money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce amount of hoops to jump through needed to publish a paper. There should be a way to by-pass someone in the review process. My manager's boss isn't going to make time to read a 20 page white paper on a topic he isn't interested in. My manager should have another person to turn to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Auditor

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Auditor in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, highly competent staff, great front-line managers, and a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    There was a lack of trust by management at the front line level and as a result was an obscene amount of review that went into every report written. The IG was also very tight with the budget, so expect mid-20th century furniture.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. Great Opportunity for Interns

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    Former Intern - DOE Scholar in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - DOE Scholar in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity for interns. I am a graduate student and was able to take on responsibilities on par with my education level. I was very trusted by my supervisors and given many chances to learn from my peers and superiors both inside and outside of my department.

    Cons

    The internship program caters too much to undergraduate students. They had very low workload expectations and treated some of the interns like high school students...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make separate programs for graduate and undergraduate students. There is a large difference in the professional experience and knowledge, which should be addressed.

    Approves of CEO
  10. Great working in this organization

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, with great people.

    Cons

    The work isn't as challenging as one would expect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Excellent Employer would recommend to anyone interested in federal employment

    Cons

    None - Excellent Employer would recommend to anyone interested in federal employment

    Recommends

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