United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.


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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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)


  3. Learning and Development Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United States Department of Energy part-time (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.


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  5. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 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!


  6. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 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.


  7. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to the lower level employees.


  8. Exciting mission within typical bureaucratic Federal agency

    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    US Dept of Energy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Germantown, MD
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great place to work and make a difference.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Engineer in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - General Engineer in Golden, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Overall effective and efficient - employees generally satisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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