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Updated Jul 19, 2019

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US Bureau of Labor Statistics CEO Erica L. Groshen (no image)
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45 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good place to start career, great work life balance(in 27 reviews)

  • "Non-political, great work environment, great location, match and technology focused(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "BLS is a government agency, so they follow a set pay schedule that you can't negotiate out of(in 13 reviews)

  • "Promotions are non-competitive only up to GS-12(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A Perpetual Sluggish Pace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    The work environment, as well as the pay and benefits are a positive. Most staff and management have a shared sense of wanting to do their jobs thoroughly. Although you may be paid less than what a comparable position within the private sector gets, the benefits balance out the compensation equation.

    Cons

    It seems there is always a chance your non-routine related work and projects will fall through the cracks once it is in someone else's hands and/or get stuck in review limbo, even if you strictly followed your given deadlines. It is almost naive to trust any timeline provided considering what may occur between you completing your portion and when the final deliverable comes about.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2018-10-20
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Economist"

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    Former Employee - Economist in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You have a lot of flexible with your work schedule and generally speaking, you have a lot of autonomy with your work.

    Cons

    Some of the new employees have created a toxic, unprofessional and unbearable work environment compounded with some of the more senior staff that is a bit arrogant and undeserving. Some of the employees are very immature and you wouldn't believe the conversations that occur at this place. Drain the swap. Toxic work environment

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2018-01-01
  3. "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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster a community feel within offices, as well as offering training and development for new employees on projects and teams.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-09-28
  4. 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
  5. "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
  6. "Best Government Agency"

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

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Office politics can be an issue.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2017-01-29
  7. "IT SPECIALIST"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    -Great learning experience -Nice people -Great working environment -Metro and Marc train accessible -Flexible hours

    Cons

    -Some people complain about room for growth -Can get stressful depending on your project assignment

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2016-02-06
  8. "Atmosphere"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    Good working environment. They train and teach you well. Good managers

    Cons

    There are not any cons to working for this agency. Supervisors are understanding

    Advice to Management

    Management is good and they have a good system of support for all government employees

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2016-02-02
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Environment with Little to No Room for Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Bureau of Labor Statistics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits package. Some ability to work at home if your job function and management allows it. Made a lot of life-long friends amongst my (non-managerial) coworkers.

    Cons

    Toxic, highly political work environment. Had to complete the work of another employee in addition to my own while she was fighting the management to keep her job (which she ultimately lost). Often worked 10-12 hour days to keep up with workload, leading to serious health issues. Once management decide they don't like you, you're done for. Constant threat of government shut down and never a budget for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect - they are not machines. Please consider their perspective. Managers are not infallible and are often part of the problem due to their mismanagement of workload, etc. Non-managerial employees should be recognized for their contributions, not constantly reprimanded for every slight hiccup they might make along the way.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2015-11-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Government Job"

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    IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, decent pay and benefits, telework is becoming more accepted, lots of positions for IT specialists, great commuting location across from Union Station (VRE, Metro, MARC). Credit time, flexible work hours, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    LAN office is slow to respond, has high turnover. IT environment is not good for contractors, but okay for government employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep turnover lower by offering more opportunities for promotions to GS-13 and GS-14. Continue to promote telework and improve the telework technology to reduce employee frustration with the technology

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics2014-12-24
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