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US Department of Commerce Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Most managers tend to avoid stepping on toes, which means that ambitious ideas often do not get anywhere unless the political appointees buy in (in 5 reviews)

  • Like much of the Federal Government, it is grossly under resourced for the number of tasks it is expected to complete effectively (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Public Affairs in Public Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time

    Pros

    I work with an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to fulfilling the mission of our agency and serving our clients to the best of our ability. There is a great sense of responsibility throughout our teams to ensure our stakeholders are the focus of our work.

    Cons

    As in any large bureaucracy, there are times when you wonder if the work you do is really appreciated and respected.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, interesting and impactful work, training opportunities

    Cons

    none I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Overall Employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities across a large organization from land to sea to air.

    Cons

    Often departments get lost in the shuffle because Commerce is so large.

    Advice to Management

    Need to create a more focused view either through a better management structure or additional focused senior leadership.


  4. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Dedicated employees. Policy experts.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Hurry up and wait demands.


  5. "Department of Commerce"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    bureaucracy and out of date facilities


  6. "Intern life"

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

    Pros

    Great on the job training, friendly work environment, and the mentorship is priceless.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of an unpaid intern

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Commerce (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Able to meet with other offices and communicate with the higher ups in the office. Small offices lets you interact and get close with everyone. Great way to meet others of various specialties!

    Cons

    It seems difficult to advance in one's career and you need to have a clearance to work with a lot of the material. Sometimes you were not sure where the work was going or ended up.

    Advice to Management

    Greater flexibility to the interns so that if there isn't any work to do, they can help out in a different part of the office.

  8. "US DOC Attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of independence, travel opportunities, interesting meetings, chance to see how the government works (very important if in DC), great colleagues.

    Cons

    Horrendous bureaucracy; flexibility is only allowed (blind eye turned) until someone notices; the agency is not very important, so it is not given priority in most considerations; no oversight of medium-level management


  9. "Senior Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Commerce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Department of Commerce puts you at the intersection of government and business.

    Cons

    I wish more businesses knew about the Department of Commerce.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees engaged.


  10. "Great place to grow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A wonderful place to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    A pretty stressful environment to work in


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