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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
102 Reviews
3.5
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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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Paid well. Did no work.

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    • 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

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    Constantly changing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9.  

    Great introduction into the energy industry and related policy

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    • 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

    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
  10.  

    Comfortable but rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Balance offered is exceptional for everyone.

    Cons

    Sedentary for long periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More engagement with its staff.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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