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US Department of Energy Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. "US Department of Energy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Aiken, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Aiken, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family oriented, Benefits, Worker protection policy

    Cons

    No cons, very successful work atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Watch budget more carefully, and closely


  2. "Innovation stalled"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Department holds highly skilled, passionate and hard working bureaucrats who have deep understanding of energy technology and markets. It is not a regulatory agency, and promotes advances in energy generation, transmission, storage, advance manufacturing and more. two-thirds of the budget is allocated for nuclear weapons, fuel and energy management.

    Cons

    Used to be a great place to innovate and move US markets. The new administration has appointed folks who have little competence in government; many have no experience in the technology area they are appointed to oversee. The dysfunction and anti-science attitude prevents good staff from enabling further progress in any of DOE's mission areas.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint scientists and managers with science backgrounds. Avoid political agendas and make use of the extensive data to fund and manage energy programs that make sense in current global markets - and the climate.

  3. "supervisory budget analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    high grades compared to other agencies

    Cons

    boredom, management does not manage

    Advice to Management

    let staff do something


  4. "Great Environment"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Energy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stability
    Good Benefits
    Competitive Salary
    Outdoor work
    Always learning

    Cons

    Work is often slow
    Slow to ascend positions


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic but impactful"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Energy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, impactful mission, national reach. There are many dedicated staff and innovators driving impactful programs. The clean energy programs are very good.

    Cons

    Leadership above the program office director level is basically useless, so that means there are 4-6 levels of management/"leadership" that add little to no value. They create a lot of churn just to get up to speed then move on to other jobs without adding much. Frequent changes in leadership can result in inconsistent policies, guidance and procedures. Cumbersome practices. Internal and external service units aren't always customer service oriented making it difficult to do business with the agency.


  6. "Not a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do not have any. Worse federal job to date.

    Cons

    Terrible Management that follows discouraging leadership styles.


  7. "Think Twice - OIG review only"

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are diligent, cooperative, focused and professional. Work is interesting and benefits are good.

    Cons

    People can't transfer out fast enough; experienced/knowledgeable sr mgmt retired.

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency, engage in meaningful communications with the field employees and be receptive to their suggestions. Address how your actions impact productivity as what comes across is that field personnel are entirely and solely responsible for lack of timeliness and any other problems that occur.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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