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US Department of Energy Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  • Nice work-life balance (government hours) (in 23 reviews)

  • Great place for beginners to the Federal Government (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Can be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is filled with passionate, hard-working staff who are trying to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    It's a federal bureaucracy, so there are typical obstacles at times --- particularly with anything that touches hiring or procurement.


  2. "Poor Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    workforce is passionate about mission

    Cons

    too many management layers. leadership is weak, inexperienced and insecure. pitiful work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    reorganize and strip the levels of management. hire experienced managers and leaders who are also open to new ideas and are flexible with work-family-life issues.

  3. "Old Fashioned Work Culture is Not Good"

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    Former Employee - Auditor
    Former Employee - Auditor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting topics, requires continuous learning.

    Cons

    Old fashioned good ole boys' culture.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that change is both inevitable and necessary.


  4. "Wonderful Career Staff"

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

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

    Pros

    The other career staff employees (FTEs) at the DOE are fantastic. No matter the political environment, they are extremely dedicated to executing the missions they are given and they do it professionally and with good spirits. The DOE also has lots of great opportunities for training - plenty of working lunches, seminars, and in-house speakers to learn about the myriad functions of the Department outside of your own office. Phenomenal work-life-balance.

    Cons

    Obviously, compensation is less than most comparable private sector positions. GS pay scale can make hiring difficult and promotion opportunities limited and confusing.


  5. "Working at DOE"

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

    I worked at US Department of Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of interesting work, close proximity to two metro stations

    Cons

    There are a lot of layers for approval


  6. "Analyst"

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

    I have been working at US Department of Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Moving up in the government can be a gift and a curse.


  7. "Human Resources Department"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, outstanding leadership, strong military network

    Cons

    Family Time, commuting time to and from work.

  8. "Incredible mission and people!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The vital mission of the Department is incredible!

    Cons

    Offices can be cramped and dispersed.


  9. "Great Place to Work but Significant Uncertainty"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supervisory Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposed to cutting edge energy technologies,

    Cons

    Under the new administration, priorities are shifting away from renewable energy investment


  10. "DOE Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. I was in a document and librarian position. Interesting work, never dull.

    Cons

    the gov't pay scale was hard to adapt to coming from the commercial sector. I was unable to continue my tenure due to pay.

    Advice to Management

    The probationary period can be waived at any period to qualified employees. Please use this as a retention tool. Also be aware that rating systems and the awards are not being issued accordingly. Managers refuse to rate at a higher grade, this makes promotion and yearly awards meager.


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