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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Washington 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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    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. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. 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


  6. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    With my supervisor I have a lot of flexibility in my work time. With 'flexi-time' we can work anytime between 6am-8pm Monday through Friday and it allows me to leave when I don't "feel like working" and stay late when I'm feeling productive.
    Relaxed environment, where I am comfortable talking with higher level managers who really care that the work is done correctly.

    Cons

    Not everyone in the BLS has the same benefits. Some groups are locked into a 'production' mentality that doesn't benefit the employees very much.
    As a statistician or economist, GS-12 positions are the 'default' unlike many other agencies that have career ladders ending at GS-13.

    Advice to Management

    Unify a system of measurement for the annual review across all managers to use, ensure common data tables have easy-to-find data dictionaries, and actively encourage government agencies to work together on learning and implementing new methodology.


  7. "economist"

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    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Since the new DOL secretary took over, there has been an emphasis on giving employees the opportunity to work in other offices (for potential job changes) as well as increasing work place flexibility (telework, alternative work schedules, etc.).

    Cons

    Perhaps like many federal agencies, the upper management often seems out of touch. The current SES at the head of my office is completely incompetent. The person does not even have basic office skills or any skills related to the practice of economics. Hands downs the worst SES person in over 20 years of working here!

    Advice to Management

    Manage? How about actually putting people that don't work on work schedules? Then fire them if they don't perform.

  8. "Good, not great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexibility in schedule

    Cons

    Rigid structure, lack of advancement opportunities


  9. "Economist - BLS"

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, salary, manager gives employees autonomy

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and takes senior managers a long time to make decisions. Projects move slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees a more timely response for project feedback.


  10. "Great place to start a career"

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, work-life balance, interesting co-workers

    Cons

    The pace was a little slow for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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