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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
90 Reviews

3.7
90 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3.  

    Constantly changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Stability of job provides ideal employment for family oriented employees

    Cons

    Management churn has been high in both the expeced political and unexpected career level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changing direction and draconian policies on alternate schedules should be improved.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall working conditions/management

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    Former Employee - Director, Business Operations  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director, Business Operations in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Above average benefits, flexible on situational telework.

    Cons

    sometimes it takes senior management too long to make decisions; limited budget and resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust staff to get the job done without micro-management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great introduction into the energy industry and related policy

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Networking/ referral opportunities, breadth of topics you can get involved in, interesting and passionate coworkers who love what they do, softball team post-work

    Cons

    The government can be slow-moving in terms of change, so it takes a long time and many hoops to jump through before you fully accomplish one thing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn while I was in college

    Cons

    I was over paid and then received a letter saying I owed the government money

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Find the Right Spot, and It's a Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's all about finding the right place within the agency. Each office has its own culture and feel depending who is in leadership. Many offices allow you to work an "alternative work schedule" where you only work 9 days out of 10 in exchange for working longer days. Promotions are hard to come by, but "details" which are chances to do a short term assignment somewhere else in the agency are pretty common.

    Cons

    It's a huge organization with lots of rules and procedures which are sometime stifling. Being subject to Congress's inability to pass a budget on time also makes getting work done a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to an open work space environment to improve communication, give more people access to natural light, and reduce the costs of constantly re-configuring office space.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Research Assistant position is great for students looking for part-time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Good management team
    Great research topics
    Decent pay for part-tim

    Cons

    Work hours are filled out by paper (but that's more of a personal dislike)

  10.  

    Learning and Development Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The work/life balance was fabulous and the people were so motivated and had the desire to serve the country. There are plenty of opportunities for personal and professional growth. You can truly learn so much about the federal government by working at the headquarters in DC.

    Cons

    There wasn't any. They say that the government jobs are the best. It certainly is true for DOE. I absolutely loved doing what I did at the DOE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Some very smart people work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Important mission. Working with smart people. Dynamic workplace.

    Cons

    HR is incompetent. Politically appointed leadership keep changing. The newly appointed leader will question and change most of initiatives that were started by his/her predesessor. Then his/her initiatives will be scraped by the next political appontee!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some experience people that have been around instead of relying on your own loyal assistants. The politics will overwhelmed them and there are so many traps that the inexperienced will fall. They will bring your DOWN!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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