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Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. "Senior Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Commerce (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, meaningful work for the U.S. government and private sector

    Cons

    Limited salary mobility; uninnovative culture, bureaucratic


  2. "Politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Commerce full-time

    Pros

    Commute, location, food, downtown, DC

    Cons

    Everything else. Place is toxic. Cliques and favorites. Not rated on performance but how well you kiss up to management. Incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership, get training for the uneducated


  3. "Administrative clerk"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Department of Commerce (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    the work is challenging and the employees are really friendly

    Cons

    I can"t think of none


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  5. "Technical Government job"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Commerce (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Beautiful atmosphere outside of building. Learn a wide variety of technical skills.

    Cons

    The politics are terrible. The place is filled with cronyism. Only those who "play the game" are properly promoted. Discrimination is part of the culture there. It is run very inefficiently. The building is filthy and infested with mice, rats and bugs.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck. The values of management well, they don't have any.


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    "Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Oxon Hill, MD
    Former Employee - Secretary in Oxon Hill, MD

    I worked at Department of Commerce (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability and opportunity for education and career advancement.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  7. "Mass Confusion"

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    Current Employee - Presentation & Graphic Design Specialist in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Presentation & Graphic Design Specialist in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Commerce (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The cafeteria is has a nice selection of food.

    Cons

    Working in a Communications Dept with management that didn't know how to communicate!

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent people.


  8. "Make it your own"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Department of Commerce full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've worked for a few agencies within the Department of Commerce. All have their range of culture, management styles, teamwork, and resource availability. In all, I would say that it has been a positive experience for me. I am a self-starter, that likes autonomy and group work. Ultimately, I take pride in my work and look to make my agency look good. Due to my good work, I have been recruited and asked to perform tasks that are beyond my years.

    Cons

    Some find the work to the boring and unstimulating. Others like to be told what to do. Really, it's all about placement in the government. Finding a boss that you can work with and a team that you can stand. As a millenial, I've seen many form colleagues leave because of the pass or the environment. For me, I like the pace but there are days when things are slow or tasks are tenditous. In those instances, I exercise my freedom to do my own projects or self-training.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. "Learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Department of Commerce (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The doc gave me a lot of great learning experience with potential for future full time employment in my field.

    Cons

    The pay was only a metro stipend, but I wanted to work here so it was ultimately worth it compared to an unpaid internship

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management because my experience was so positive especially in comparison to other unpaid internships, DOC was very flexible with my hours


  10. "Varies with Department"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Department of Commerce full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the department of commerce is very easy to believe in and is very important. Can often have room to grow and excel though GS grade.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy really does rule all and it is often difficult to get seemingly easy work done. There appears to be a lot of turnover in younger generations because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Of course every government entity has to struggle with bureaucracy but the very least commerce can do is improve communication channels. As a whole the department seems to be very behind in terms of technology as well.


  11. "Good division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and fun projects.

    Cons

    Typical government job; kinda bland and ridged.

    Advice to Management

    Stay loyal to your loyal employees.



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