Federal employee benefits package is very good; health insurance plans are varied and plentiful in the Chicago area. Retirement is social security plus a modest civil service pension but their Thrift Savings PLan (TSP) is outstanding
Health insurance is standard, it should be better. Work-life balance is important for the US Department of Education. Your supervisors encourage flex work schedules and telework.
Standard federal government compensation, leave and retirement package.
Vacation time is great and flexible. Many staff teleworks (works online at home), which is great if you have kids or family, or if you don't want to fight the DC traffic. They offer replacement at home care or child care, if your health provider for children, elderly parents, sick family members, etc. falls through.
There are an OK number of days for sick leave and for annual leave. Pay is comparable to the private sector. But there is no gym or locker room for employees at the headquarters or other buildings in the area. The lack of a gym or showers or lockers is the worst thing.
Pay about 6.6% of check to a federal social security program that you will likely not benefit from. However, you can accrue a LOT of vacation time and will be able to retire at a decent age if you are able to work there for a long time.
retirement pay is a good program but not for new employees
There is metro benefits for interns to cut the cost for those travelling
Very good benefits package with standard government time off, matching contributions to retirement savings plan, health insurance, etc.
No bonuses, no alternative work schedules offered like at other federal agencies, tight deadlines due to inquiries from the Hill and oversight agencies
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.