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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 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 11 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.  

    Constantly changing

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall working conditions/management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    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)

  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    Intern in the Office of Fossil Energy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to DOE's responsibilities and the responsibilities of other federal agencies.

    Cons

    Those who you depend on to get your work accomplished are not always quick to act.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A job. Not a passion.

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

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about the Department of Energy is the wide variety of offices and lines of operation. Working for the Chief Financial Officer gives exposure across the department and the national labs. It is a great place for someone just stating out to pay their dues, gain entry energy industry, and establish credibility. It's also a great stepping stone for graduate programs.

    Cons

    There are a lot of folks working in windowless back rooms who have been there for years. Most employees are passionate and professional but there are a lot of careerists who take their flex days and work no more than required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the long view with you junior employees. Provide in-house technical (Bachelors of Science) training to employees with non-technical (BA) backgrounds. They'll be forever indebted to the organization, get more STEM professionals in the marketplace, and be more flexible for placement within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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