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US Bureau of Economic Analysis Reviews

Updated December 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great options for telework and flexible schedules make this a great place for work-life balance, especially for working parents" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Good people, steady federal job" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Analysts are always trying to edge other out for what little opportunity trickles down to them" (in 3 reviews)

  • "I arm, ah, leery to chute out their names, but everyone knows who they are" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Engaging. Flexible, innovative and not the Census buries

    Cons

    It’s a statistics agency


  2. "Economist"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and staff, as well as opportunities to excel through projects; fair performance evaluations as well

    Cons

    You'll be doing exclusively number crunching, if that's a con

  3. "Economist"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere. BEA values education and provides many training opportunities
    - Work life balance is great. Employees can telework up to three days a week
    - High performing teams. The Commerce Alternative Pay System (CAPS) rewards hard work
    - Yearly bonuses
    - Great benefits like medical, dental and retirement

    Cons

    - The job could be boring at times, but it depends on your assignment


  4. "pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, decent pay

    Cons

    Work can be boring, like all work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "recently departed employee"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Suitland, MD
    Former Employee - Employee in Suitland, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good place to start a career- training opportunities, flex time, work -life balance, resume building.

    Cons

    slow decision making process. SES leadership is too reactionary, not strategic. non -SES leaders are generally smart, talented, and good to work with, but have little real power or authority.

    Advice to Management

    promote people based on skill sets, not how many people they supervise. BEA still operates under a 1970s based organizational structure. probably sufficient to have division chiefs, then superior technical folks, then junior staff.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Economist in Suitland, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules and helpful analysts at the non-manager level.

    Cons

    As some of the other reviews said, this agency has a problem with favoritism. There are quite a few people who have been here a long time and are stuck at GS 12. Others are promoted very quickly to GS 14 (there isn't a GS 13) because they join a few high-profile teams and become management pets. The GS 12s are just as competent as the GS 14s, and do just as much work, but just aren't given the opportunities. The speed at which the favorites move up is really frustrating. This creates a lot of resentment because you'll have such huge pay disparities that are completely unjustified. You can speak with senior management about this, and they will promise you things, but ultimately they are just leading you on.

    Making the problem worse, a number of GS 15s are leaving the area, and senior management finds excuses to give them full-time telework positions at GS 15 salaries, even though they are doing absolutely nowhere near enough to justify that pay. All this money going to full-time remote workers means less of a chance for the GS 12s to ever move up. Projects that are run remotely (like the non-seasonal-adjustment project) always turn into debacles because leadership is not present, and the GS12s end up doing all the work as usual. The agency becomes more and more dysfunctional.

    If you look at the organization structure, the favoritism and dysfunction becomes crystal clear, but management is completely loyal to one another, so nothing changes. You have a lot of nonsense positions to accomodate people they like.

    And don't you dare say anything about it. I know of TWO people who were reprimanded for saying out loud that they don't like their jobs. It was really weird; I've never heard of this much censorship and retaliation in a public sector job. I think management has an unhealthy obsession with themselves if they take themselves this seriously. There's not even a rule that you can't complain about your job; it's just that senior management lets lower management get away with whatever they want, even really nasty intimidation tactics.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding people who are leaving the area. If you're leaving the area, it's time to leave the agency. In most jobs, people leaving is how other people get a chance to move up. Here's it's just more accomodation for the favorites.

    Create a plan to allow each GS12 who's hit the salary cap to move up if they perform their jobs proficiently and are willing to take on the next level of work. Be more transparent about how these positions are awarded, and if there's a favorite pre-selected for the position, don't pretend there isn't. You're not fooling anyone.


  7. "Great learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Economist in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible telework, concise responsibilities, and direct connection to the real world in creating economic estimates. Management is competent and work space nice.

    Cons

    Management does not actively push development but that comes with government jobs. In Suitland, MD. Can’t really do much outside of the compound.

  8. "Fine but Boring"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, steady federal job

    Cons

    Work is generally pretty boring. The division of labor is pretty inequitable: some analysts will be doing complicated and involved work while others spend 90% of their time doing nothing (and making the same amount).


  9. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Economist in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis full-time

    Pros

    * This agency has experienced great scores on the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (#22 overall and #1 in Commerce department in 2017). Upper management is sensitive to this type of feedback and strives to improve
    * Great options for telework and flexible schedules make this a great place for work-life balance, especially for working parents
    * At least in my program area, management works to recognize employee contributions and achievements, respects differences of opinion, encourages independent thinking, and cultivates a collegial atmosphere
    * The commute to Suitland is not that bad, especially if you time your commute off-peak, and parking is ample and free unlike downtown DC
    * The BEA spaces at Suitland Federal Center are newly and very nicely renovated, complete with standing desks
    * There are onsite lunch options and a well-equipped gym that also offers classes; there are walking paths on the compound; green line metro stop is right outside the gates; a lovely, brand-new dedicated mother's room for new moms

    Cons

    * Working on economic statistics may not be the most excited niche to work in for some economists, but there are opportunities for interesting work and the nature of the work should be recognized before signing on
    * The location in Suitland is not exactly vibrant, especially compared with downtown DC, though a food truck center is coming soon adjacent to the facility
    * The agency seems to have experienced a drop in morale post-Suitland move but things seem to be improving in the recent past thanks to management efforts to address the issue

    Advice to Management

    The changes in recent years have been very positive. Keep up the good work.


  10. "Great college internship part-time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Bureau of Economic Analysis part-time

    Pros

    Steady Pay
    Flexible Hours
    Market relevant work

    Cons

    Tough location to get to from college campus

    Advice to Management

    Let interns telework