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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
98 Reviews
3.5
98 Reviews
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Yes a bureaucracy, but with an inspiring mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Meaningful and relevant work
    - Always more to take on
    - Ability to move across the agency
    - good compensation and professional development plans are required

    Cons

    The agency is almost a balanced mixture of smart/ driven folks and lazy/ entitled ones. This creates a difficult culture and the necessity for smart and driven employees to pick up the slack of others.

    It can take time to break into the agency; like any massive organization, there is a lot of inertia and it takes a while to feel like you're really contributing and being taken seriously.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern at DOE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Relaxed work environment. Interesting assignments.

    Cons

    Not challenging. Somewhat dysfunctional environment. Ugly facility.

  3.  

    Energy pays

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, ability to telework, travel and training opportunities, transit support.

    Cons

    Very controlling managers. Innovative ideas are discouraged.High turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate and empower staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    First experience in an office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Office culture was laid back
    People cared about you
    Employees went out of their way to meet you and make you feel at ease
    Workers enjoyed what they did and you could tell

    Cons

    Got monotonous sometimes
    Felt that I could have been utilized better
    Some people really slacked off while others worked non stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Make sure no one becomes alienated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    First experience in an office

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Office culture was laid back
    People cared about you
    Employees went out of their way to meet you and make you feel at ease
    Workers enjoyed what they did and you could tell

    Cons

    Got monotonous sometimes
    Felt that I could have been utilized better
    Some people really slacked off while others worked non stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Make sure no one becomes alienated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for technical experts & energy policy wonks. Not place for people who care about physical surroundings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GS-15 in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - GS-15 in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -important mission
    -smart scientists and policy wonks
    -part of the executive branch

    Cons

    -building conditions at HQS are terrible
    -awful HR service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -improve the physical working conditions for professional staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Had a great academic experience, but it is clear that bureaucracy prevents a lot of important work from happening.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    The people were phenomenal. Everyone was eager to help teach myself and the other interns. The projects we each worked on were very interesting, and we were afforded as much independence and responsibility as we were willing to pursue.

    Cons

    There is a mountain of paperwork blocking any major step forward. Additionally, health and safety procedures can become somewhat prohibitory as they are designed and actuated by folks who do not necessarily have experience in working in the lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is already a "suggestion box" type of system. Enhance that by posting anonymous suggestions and allowing employees to support them, as with a petition. Then, act accordingly!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to cut your teeth in government bureaucracy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Budget Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learn how to play politics in a large organization.

    Cons

    Deal with some of the worst bureaucratic politics in DC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put more energy into real mentorship and respect for young people moving up through the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Paid well. Did no work.

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to interact with higher officials during special NNSA intern programs.
    Relaxed and friendly work environment.
    A summer internship counts as a full year of working for the federal government.

    Cons

    Often got very boring when there was virtually no work for me to do.
    Poor communication between intern program and individual mentors.
    Your opportunity to see and do interesting things depends solely on where you get placed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    good place to work . Great people

    Cons

    parking is bad and traffic is bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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