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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
102 Reviews
3.5
102 Reviews
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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12 Ratings

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.  

    Great internship experience

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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

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    All Politics, No Real Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Early in my career, there were mountains to climb, now, the role for government is cloudy and blocked by the politics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Dedicated career staff who believe in the mission. Strong research talent in the national labs. IT tools were kept current. Strong focus on cyber security. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Too political, excessive favoritism for certain employees, stale policies. Large scale change comes slowly as the career folks out wait the politicals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the SES'ers on how to be more effective Executive Sponsors of IT Projects and Programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of independence, not a lot of direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern with the Energy Information Administration, you get exposed to all of the functions of your office. I had the opportunity to work on a research report for the Undersecretary of Energy. They treat the intern crew to a couple fun field trips and meetings with different offices in the Administration. You also get your own office!

    Cons

    You don't get a lot of personal direction or guidance. I didn't really get to work on a team or be accountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is probably not a whole lot they can do for interns, but if there could be some more direction and supervision it would be really great!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consultant in Emergency Management and Nuclear Safety, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries and usually longer assignments.

    Cons

    Constantly changing budgetary constraints cause unsure environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the experience your people have. Don't work in a vacuum. People WANT to share their experience with you and the organization. All you have to do is ask.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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