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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Reviews

Updated 19 Jul 2019

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45 Ratings
  1. "Great Environment, But Slow-Paced"

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, working with talented and intelligent people in a non-competitive atmosphere, great work-life balance, you get to do important work that affects the entire country. Also very a-political for a government bureau.

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic, slow moving, sometimes minimal interpersonal interaction. Takes a while to learn how to navigate the bureaucracy, as well as the general complexity of the statistical production process.

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-09-28
  2. "Flexible schedules and innovation"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's all about work-life balance at BLS. Full-time employees are eligible to telework and can take advantage of very flexible work schedules. You can start as early as 6am or as late as 10am from Tues - Thurs and any time on Mon and Fri given that you account for the minimum time required (4 hours). I've also found that managers across many program offices are willing to let motivated employees pursue interesting projects as long as their required work is completed on time. For people that like playing with data this is a huge "pro" considering that the BLS is a hub for data.

    Cons

    No surprise here, but too much bureaucracy. Also, even in a non-political agency, at higher levels of management there's a lot more political maneuvering than one might find in a similar organization in the private sector, but I think this is mainly due to the level of bureaucracy. Some people spend more time concerned with administrative matters than is warranted. There is also not much opportunity to advance beyond a GS-12, which, in federal employee speak, is a pretty low glass ceiling.

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-09-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Economist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and benefits. Super coworkers.

    Cons

    The work is historical in nature..telling what already happened. Not much forecasting or forward looking work.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-09-20
  4. "Pathways Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible hours - Great supervisors - Friendly work environment - Work life balance - Rewarding work

    Cons

    - Because of telework there are sometimes very few people in the office - Don't assign their interns enough work (could be a positive) - Time passes slowly

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-09-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "BLS - Economist"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time

    Pros

    *Federal Benefits (Health, Pension, Thrift Saving Account, Life Insurance) *DOL FCU Checking Account of at least 2% annual dividends *Flexible Work Schedule *Very fair amount of leave time

    Cons

    *Work can become mundane. *Seems to be no sense of future budget within BLS *Expensive chairs, but limited employment

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-08-21
  6. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for 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

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-07-13
  7. "Not a great atmosphere but okay job."

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

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for 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.

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-07-04
  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Only GS-12 non-competitive promotion potential

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-06-01
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Everything you'd think working for the government is"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, a lot of down time.

    Cons

    Boring, not a lot of room for growth.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-06-08
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Low pay, little economic work"

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    Former Employee - Economist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for 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.

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    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-05-30
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