United States Department of Energy

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Updated June 28, 2015
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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Pros
  • Work life balance is the best reason to work here (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. Management Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people who want to make a positive impact.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional leadership prone to micro-management.


  2. Great work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional environment, manageable workload, high pay grades

    Cons

    Relationship between HQ & field offices, poor performers seldom held accountable (hardly unique to this org, most of govt).

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the focus on employee retention and an environment that emphasizes the importance of each organization's contribution to the mission.


  3. Great Mission, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of Department of Energy is a noble one, and many folks remain employed here because of their devotion to creating energy security within the United States. There are many employees who are very passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Management is slow to make changes, even when employee surveys consistently demand a shift in leadership's approach to various issues affecting employee morale. As with much of government, it can be difficult to create changes and this often leads to frustration among employees.


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  5. Working at DOE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn and grow professionally. Working at DOE HQ means you get a lot of experience learning how the federal government helps advancements in the energy sector, what are the biggest challenges and needs.

    Cons

    Dated office building with minimal facilities for lunch breaks or exercising. Work life balance can be challenging during busy times.

    Advice to Management

    Mostly love working at DOE. It would be nice to have more opportunities for growth that is directed specifically to early career employees.


  6. Incredible Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, Challenging & Exciting mission space, Brilliant people to work with. I came in as an intern but was tasked with entry/senior level work. Absolutely loved my experience.

    Cons

    As always with government, this agency is subject to internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to cut red tape.


  7. Status Quo

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This agency has the following pros: It focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy, it's connected to some of the best researchers in the field, it highlights innovation/creation, it employs thousands, has a decent pay scale, and opportunities for travel/training.

    Cons

    The cons include: a very limited vision, career growth plan, ineffective managers and comfort in doing the same thing the same way forever.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward the talent you have for going above and beyond


  8. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, motivated, mission focused coworkers

    Cons

    Typical government bureaucracy, occasional politics


  9. Attorney

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. They give you opportunities to work on complex projects and to develop your career.

    Cons

    Being a government agency, the opportunities for career advancement within the agency are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of all the opportunities to develop your employees so they can achieve their full potential.


  10. Too much energy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Create a manual for each department


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good work life balance, lots of red tape.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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