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"Not a Meritocracy"

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Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Working at the Department of Labor provides a lot of stability and security during a time of economic uncertainty. Once you're there a year, it's nearly impossible to be fired. You would never be fired for poor job performance. The benefits are pretty good. Take advantage of the TSP, which is the government's version of the 401k plan.

Cons

Progression up the organizational ladder is not based on merit. There's a lack of innovation and creativity. Senior management is largely incompetent.

Advice to Management

Foster bidirectional communication among employees and also between management and employees. Eliminate the "buddy system" and institute a meritocracy where the most productive employees are rewarded.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of Labor

  1. Helpful (3)

    "There is no such thing as leadership or management!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary, respected title, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Some of the senior staffers have been at DOL for over a quarter of a century. They do not understand how technology has changed the workforce. We have wasted BILLIONS of money on programs that do not work, but senior career staffers remember how they worked "back in the day". Most career staffers are so old that they do not want to change anything because they only a year or two to retirement and they just want to sit there buying time until they retire. If anyone comes up with a new idea, it dies because the senior career staffers do not want to do anything new.

    Advice to Management

    Political leaders are good in front of the cameria, but they need work on leading!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "High Pay, Low Expectations"

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    Current Employee - Claims Examiner in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation seems high for the amount of work that we do. The benefits are good. There is no problem taking time off for medical or personal reasons.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Half of the frontline managers and all of the senior management is just the worst I have ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Try asking employees for feedback once in a while, and then listen to it. They are out of touch with what we do. If they had a choice between doing nothing, and doing something with a neutral outcome for themselves that would benefit their employees immensely, they will always choose to do nothing rather than lift a finger.

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