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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
90 Reviews

3.7
90 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
  • A lot of red tape to get things done, cleared (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Summer Intern

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Pay was great.
    Met great people.

    Cons

    More involvement with management so I can learn more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with better way for interns to learn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This job is a very stress free workplace

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxing Job, Great Pay, Fun environment, Great employees, Friendly employees

    Cons

    Not a customer based job so if you don't like to sit in a office all day with no customer intereaction, This is not the job for you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Get exposed to how government technology programs work and how they are run through the country. Get to see the big picture of technology and how its impacting the economy.

    Cons

    Government work is a bit different than working for the private sector. At times it can be much slower, with more politics involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stimulating position in the world of government

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good, old-fashioned, benefits, with the expectation and the capability to change the world, legally. A good place to blend technology with policy.

    Cons

    Way, way, too much bureaucracy, with contradictory rules and political tender spots. Department needs a clearly stated mission a la DOD

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend your entire budget every year, come hell or high water, and make choices that are sensible from a practical, rather than a political, perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is weak. and disorganized.

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    Current Employee - Energy Technology Program Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Energy Technology Program Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The work can be interesting if you don't let management get in the way of accomplishing your goals.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized and helter-scelter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive and less reactive in setting agendas.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy

    Pros

    Salary, low-stress, not a whole lot

    Cons

    horrible organization, all politcally driven.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's been a good career choice.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Being a public servant. Job security.

    Cons

    Public servants aren't always appreciated and sometimes even hated by public sector employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    50% bureaucracy 50% making a difference -10% chance of that

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    Current Employee - Energy Technology Program Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Energy Technology Program Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary for public sector work. Very steep learning curve. Relatively breezy compared to private sector, but maybe because the work is more interesting. Pretty open dialogue in Strategic Programs Office.

    Cons

    Around half the time dealing with information requests and interagency BS as well as bureaucratic process. It seems like half the people come here to settle down. There are some go-getters though. Rather stale cultural environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice people but more of a self-starter

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits were good, such as education reimbursement, health, dental, etc.

    Cons

    Resistent to change, and slow to position employees internally. Hiring new employees was also pretty slow which lead to increased work loads and little acknowledgement or compensation changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great internship program

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful experience to learn and grow

    Cons

    Can't think of any negative experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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