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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
96 Reviews
3.5
96 Reviews
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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9 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Germantown, MD

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    salary, PTO, benefits, advancement opportunities, coworkers, work-life balance programs

    Cons

    new employee orientation length and content lacks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    orient new employees to campus and how DOE works

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good overall experience, but frustrated by bureaucracy and aloof leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    To interact with so many smart scientists and engineers and economists under one roof is a pretty great experience.

    Cons

    Difficult bureaucracy to navigate. High variance of staff quality: some are terrific and genuinely care about what they do; others seem to just punch the clock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is difficult to integrate schedule C with career staff but it has to be done to work effectively. ARPA-E has done a particularly good job at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Department of Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Due to the broad scope of the agency, there is a significant amount of interesting work being done in many areas.

    Cons

    DOE suffers from similar issues that afflict many other federal agencies, including the ouroboros of red tape and leadership more concerned with politics than leading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to stand up and stand out - the nation needs leaders. Getting the mission done and securing our country's scientific, energy, and environmental future is more important than winning a popularity contest.

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

    Great internship experience

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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

    Supportive, warm culture. Treats employees well

    Cons

    Politics/the Hill rules, impacting the work you get and the experience you receive

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Loosey-Goosey with Employee Privacy Data

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Access to some of the most impressive thought-leaders in the world. Impressive legacy re: Nobel Prize Winners. Great employees' cafeteria! HQ building is superbly located on Independence Avenue NW exactly 2 blocks from WMATA Metro system; across the street from the Smithsonian Institution's Castle and National Mall; and, 1 block away from L'Enfant Plaza merchants, food vendors, US Post Office, etc.

    Cons

    HORRIBLE leadership. Secure Access process was reinvented daily. Managed to allow a data breach that siphoned all employee privacy data collected over past 5 to 10 years for secure access badges. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    YOU are the US Dept of Energy! YOU can manage nuclear codes and reserves, fossil fuel management, loan and grant initiatives, BUT, YOU cannot figure HOW to protect your employees from a devastating data breach???!!! REALLY???!!!! Get serious about protecting what's AS important as your THINGS ... YOUR PEOPLE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    DOE is a unique place to work to pursue mission drive science and national policy through public service

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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

    Extraordinary proximity to world leading science and national labs

    Cons

    extraordinary bureaucracy and inefficiency in administration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove layers of management fearlessly to allocate more to science programs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you have competent co-workers/management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and important mission

    Cons

    Budgets are ever-changing. Difficult to implement projects.

  9.  

    All Politics, No Real Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty easy jobs and many folks do alternate work schedule with every other Friday off. You can stay here 30 years and not have to worry about job security or working long hours or too hard.

    Cons

    Politics drives the DOE, not mission requirements. The DOE SES community is a bureaucratic clique that looks out for each other, not regular GS employees. There are many many political (schedule C) appointees here and the turnover is quite high. It's a very risk averse culture that accomplishes little and lends itself towards backstabbing. The DOE has not had a clear mission in 20 years and does not have a new one in sight. Facilities are old and IT is ten years behind the commercial world. No thought towards succession planning or the next generation of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of federal job "tenure" and get rid of so many schedule C appointees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Department of Energy

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Albany, OR

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a great place to work

    Cons

    You can develop various skills when you work for DOE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    rewarding

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    job security, research and development ok

    Cons

    limited scope, poor communication ok

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your employee's opinions and respond

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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