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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
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  • Too few opportunities for advancement, rampant favoritism, problematic management at the highest level (in 7 reviews)

  • A lot of red tape, things move very slow at times (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, good salaries, nice people and nice facilities. They're doing a lot of work to get computer systems updated and modern. Good place to work.

    Cons

    Minor stuff: Hard to park at, traffic is a bear in downtown Dallas, cafeteria has awful, low quality food. It can be hard to move around in the agency unless you are willing to move to DC but that's common with government work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on succession planning and cross-training more staff.


  2. "Interesting work, bureaucracy"

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work with the potential to make a difference

    Cons

    Can be bogged down by bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Focus on younger employees to increase retention

  3. "Good salary for work but no room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Claims Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Labor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, work flexibility, decent work lift balance.

    Cons

    No room for growth. No advancement opportunities if you are not white. Low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Please offer more opportunities to minorities.


  4. "Unfair labor practice"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant Trainee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant Trainee in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Labor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are nice and friendly there. The daily tasks are not hard at all to an accounting professional.

    Cons

    My previous supervisor was biased and discriminatory. No people or procedures could prevent a person like my ex-supervisor from abusing her power.

    Advice to Management

    Less political and bureaucratic, listen to the stories from both sides and find out the truth underneath the so-claimed evaluations.


  5. "Athletic Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Athletic Engineer in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Athletic Engineer in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pro's of the athletic engineer is accepting the time in which one puts within one's body, enabling the ability to pursue that of the weight in which one gains I.E. Bone Densities to enable the structure to then continue growth on several levels. I.E. Windows, Steps, Densities of Glass, and in many cases battling with the thought of the blood extraction and the creation of gargoyles.

    Cons

    Finding those of whom enable one such financial instruction. Yet the abilities to endure that of one's continuation will enable one the ability to think in terms of the future. I.E. Road Trips, Quick Books, Private Sector

    Advice to Management

    Cardio Vascular, the ability to think in terms of a circuit and that in which enables the item to them come closer to one in terms of one's personal gym. I.E. Retirement and the ownership of a gym, one will come in contact with the belief of many pressures of which one then emits on the earth enabling one the abilities to see that in which will stimulate the purchasing price to be that in which one is enabled to establish.


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are nice, and employees are treated well

    Cons

    the Headquarters building is run down


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Too Many Political Appointees"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of DOL is an extremely important one.
    Work life balance was a priority under Secretary Perez.

    Cons

    The place is WAY over-saturated with political appointees. The Secretary and Deputy Secretary were great, but nearly 10% of my office were appointed, and they were toxic to the mission.

    Too many people sitting comfortably on an easy job collecting an easy paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Scale back the appointees. It is unnecessary for a director to need 3-4 advisors.

  8. "Another Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, normal 9-5 life working in a cubicle forest.

    Cons

    A lot of personnel who are out of touch with the private sector.


  9. "Worst Place on Earth to Work"

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    Current Employee - EOS in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - EOS in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexi schedule, alternative work schedules, unionized & fellow co-workers/peers. The work is rewarding when you are allowed to do your job.

    Cons

    Horrible & misguided management. The agency lacks training and it lacks individuals who are capable of developing and implementing adequate and sufficient training that is conducive to the work. Information provided is often false and misguided regarding the job, positions, travel, benefits & advancement. The agency as a whole is not organized. Management lacks clear & basic knowledgeable on managing skills, job requirements and resources required to do the job. The agency lacks consistency & most importantly management staff is a bunch of bullies! It only allows you to select one city and state but this applies to nearly every office across the nation none of the employees appear to be happy!

    Advice to Management

    Stop bullying & micromanaging your staff. You lwill get better results, more quality work, one loyal employees, & more effective results.


  10. "Mission Driven atmoshpere"

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    Former Employee - Chief of Staff, Employment and Training Administration in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Chief of Staff, Employment and Training Administration in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of the Department of Labor to help Americans enter and succeed in the middle class

    Cons

    the federal government has a lot of rules, most for good reasons, but it can take time to achieve goals

    Advice to Management

    Let people fail so that innovation is not only rewarded but expected.


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