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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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US Department of Labor Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta
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  • A lot of red tape, things move very slow at times (in 8 reviews)

  • the federal government has a lot of rules, most for good reasons, but it can take time to achieve goals (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "The Atlanta Office is Poorly Managed"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Investigator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most of the offices have good telework policies that allow employees to perform most work tasks from home. Additionally most offices provide provide flexible time policies that allow employees to work a 4 day work work schedule or to flex their time so that they can attend to any medical or personal needs.

    Cons

    There is little consistency between offices. Upper level management is ineffective at removing middle management that harass regular staff and lower level management. The procedures for removing employees that do not do their work are highly dependent on the ability of middle management to go through a lengthy process to remove them.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to pay greater attention to the actions of middle management. They need to ensure that abusive middle management is removed from a position where they can harass employees.


  2. "Mgmt"

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

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

    Pros

    You don’t have to be very smart to move up. Just know the right people, attend Baker to Vegas and no matter your competency level, you’ll promote

    Cons

    Too many to list. Steer clear and work for the IRS or McDonalds.

    Advice to Management

    Congress needs to get involved with this agency. Absolutely a circus and a waste of tax payers dollars.

  3. "Not worth it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job stability and great benefits.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy and lack of ingenuity.


  4. "Academic Instructor"

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

    Pros

    Full time, work with kids

    Cons

    just dont, not worth the money, hard to take time off, always staying late or early


  5. "Not satisfied"

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

    I worked at US Department of Labor as a contractor

    Pros

    Opportunity to help injured workers.

    Cons

    Some actual employees are very difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Select people who know how to interact with contractors and are respectful.


  6. "DOL is Labor Intensive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Too much work for the level of staffing; management pushes unreasonable expectations; not a team environment; poorly trained staff

    Advice to Management

    Need more team building across functions; create more of a work life balance; manage expectations; treat people with courtesy and respect.


  7. "Run"

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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 Labor full-time

    Pros

    None I can think of

    Cons

    Very poor management and style. No clear direction.. changes when it benefits management staff.

  8. "Mixed Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast compensation increases;
    Theoretically Betters Community

    Cons

    Feels Disorganized;
    Not Great at Differentiating High vs. Low Achievers in Comp Awards


  9. "Horrible place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Labor part-time

    Pros

    very relaxed dress code in the Office of the Solicitor

    Cons

    Scheming coworkers, Horrible management and Poor training


  10. 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.


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