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Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Constantly changing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to work . Great people

    Cons

    parking is bad and traffic is bad

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall working conditions/management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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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 Management

    More engagement with its staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Some very smart people work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Good work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to the lower level employees.



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