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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
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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  1.  

    Ability to do interesting work and contribute to a valuable mission, but need to deal with significant bureaucracy.

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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

    Pros

    mostly great colleagues, meaningful work, good ability to move around the organization and do different things, I have a great manager and I work with some really smart and motivated people.

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, things often move slowly, there are some of the federal employees that give feds a bad name (collecting a paycheck and not doing much else)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out ways to keep the young smart people in the organization. Many of us really want to do the work of the agency and are inspired by the mission, but don't like dealing with the bureaucracy and the hiring process (as with all federal jobs) is clunky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A job. Not a passion.

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    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
  3.  

    Somewhat lonely

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Looks amazing on resume and brag to your friends

    Cons

    Other employees definitely judge you base on your usefulness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of worrying about budget worry about your workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best reason to work here.

    Cons

    Contractors have stability. Some have been here for over 20 years. Political appointees do what they want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Exciting mission within typical bureaucratic Federal agency

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    DOE has a broad reaching and diverse mission with lots of opportunity to grow professionally

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be intimidating and limiting in some cases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Variety of in-depth, interesting 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

    DOE was in the midst of disbursing 1705 loan guarantees during my internship there, and there was plenty of work to go around. Staff is extremely qualified and helpful.

    Cons

    There is a definite sense of "government bureaucracy" throughout the organization. People leave promptly at 5pm. I mean, at 5:05, offices can be completely dead. The lack of morale is frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work and make a difference.

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    Former Employee - General Engineer in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - General Engineer in Golden, CO

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

    Pros

    Reasonably progressive. Good opportunities for advancement until higher levels are reached.

    Cons

    Organization is in a constant state of change. Highly subject to the political environment. At higher levels (GS-13 and above) there is little mobility or opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on human capital management, including a fair and balance performance appraisal and bonus system. Avoid situations where the employees and managers are physically separated in different geographic areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall effective and efficient - employees generally satisfied

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Most supervisors were very supportive of teleworking and work/life balance. I felt appreciated in my position and felt that NNSA specifically a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy was a great organization to work for.

    Cons

    Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees. Resources were always an issue/concern as they are in most federal agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To DOE management, try to collaborate more with other entities such as NNSA, Office of Science, etc. Power in numbers. Efficient and effective processes throughout the agency and across other entities would be beneficial to all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    US Dept of Energy

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    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Stability of Federal employment provides security, Federal retirement benefits are good, at least for those that were hired before 2012.

    Cons

    Extra people are hired for no reason and then sit idle, while some employees are overworkd. Middle management does not manage, they just want to do engineering or a science or whatever their field is. But you have to be a manager to get paid. Top management is political and has no interest in efficiency. Nobody manages people or process. Gross mismanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First level supervisors don't know how to manage people and second level managers don't want to get involved. The best engineer or accountant does not make the best manager.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good place to have a career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Large arency with many oppurtunities for an engineer.

    Cons

    Not a learning organization....repeats their own mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what has not worked before and don't repeat it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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