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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  • Only GS-12 non-competitive promotion potential (in 7 reviews)

  • Some people complain about room for growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about federal statistics, learned JavaScript and HTML coding, good opportunities for training, able to work both individually and on teams, produce a respected product

    Cons

    At the whim of the federal budget, can get repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Good luck in this administration


  2. "Great place despite Department of Labor Policies"

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

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

    Pros

    Independent and fact-based; great benefits; managers (at least mine) were always accommodating and understanding; centrally located (next to Union Station); ability to work on independent projects and articles for publication; plenty of opportunity to learn and improve skills; allowed to pitch ideas and suggestions to management even if you're completely new

    Cons

    Often was light on work; has to abide by Department of Labor policies no matter how asinine - example: DOL terminated pathways employees and BLS remained powerless to keep them despite having enough money

    Advice to Management

    Everything was for the most part great

  3. "Not a great atmosphere but okay job."

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    Former Employee - Economist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Economist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in my schedule a bit. Make appts for myself.

    Cons

    Supervisors are micromanagers. Hostile environment. Little room for growth after a certain point. Seldom allow lateral movement in region.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the middle managers and ARCs who have no clue how to manage and inspire staff. It's horrible.


  4. "Low pay, little economic work"

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    Former Employee - Economist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Economist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is super effective and the people are great. Take the job and start studying for graduate school immediately then leave as soon as you get in.

    Cons

    All you are doing is convincing people to give data. There is no real skill development and you spend the vast majority of your time dealing with administrative paperwork. Low pay for the first couple years. They keep talking about how the government has work life balance, but you will need a second job for the first two years if you ever expect to be able to save any money. Also your job can be cut if a Republican president decides he does not like the data.

    Advice to Management

    Bureaucracy there inst much that they can do


  5. "Field Economist"

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    Current Employee - Field Economist in Western, NE
    Current Employee - Field Economist in Western, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Flexible schedule. Telework. Coworkers are mostly hard-working and care about their work.

    Cons

    My unit has an unrealistic workload. Management doesn't listen to employee feedback but pretend like they do.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of ORS. NCS staff has too much on its plate. Most staff feels stressed out with the constant deadlines and unrealistic workload.


  6. "FE"

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    Former Employee - Field Economist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Economist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good work/personal life balance.

    Cons

    Boring, repetitive and insignificant work.


  7. "Best Government Agency"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist (GS13) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist (GS13) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Non-political, great work environment, great location, match and technology focused.

    Cons

    Office politics can be an issue.

  8. "Review"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, a lot of motivated coworkers. Nice facilities and upbeat atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some divisions don't have a lot of work to do, if you aren't proactive you won't be given a lot of responsibility.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good for a year or two at most..."

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Laid back. Good benefits.Lots of opportunity to learn. Good work life balance. Nice people.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent. GS 12 is bad pay. Not in line with industry practices. Fellow developers are incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Get out the way and let devs


  10. "Labor Market Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Labor Market Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Labor Market Analyst in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Benefits-positive
    Retirement-positive
    Training-positive
    Fixed Flex Hours available
    Group Committees-postive

    Cons

    Limited Advancement
    High School Atmosphere
    Too many employees related to one another

    Advice to Management

    None


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