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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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US Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
Thomas E. Perez
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  • A lot of red tape, things move very slow at times (in 7 reviews)

  • Too few opportunities for advancement, rampant favoritism, problematic management at the highest level (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Too Many Political Appointees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Rights Center"

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    Current Employee - Equal Opportunity Assistant in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Equal Opportunity Assistant in Springfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Steady Pay, Believe in the Mission of this office.

    Cons

    few opportunities for advancement, rampant favoritism. High turnover in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for staff. Get rid of favoritism.


  3. "Office of Disability Employment Policy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office has an important mission. Employees are passionate about it, and they are smart, interesting, people. Training is offered fairly readily.

    Cons

    Too few opportunities for advancement, rampant favoritism, problematic management at the highest level. The current Acting Assistant Secretary communicates with staff in such a way that staff members feel their character has been attacked. It is very unproductive. When job openings occur, staff believe they are "wired" (for one particular person). Job advancement is much more likely if you leave to go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    See implications in "cons."


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  5. "senior database developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Database Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Database Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the building and facilities have a lot of conveniences like a post office, big cafeteria, close to restaurants, the capitol building, museums. easy work on databases

    Cons

    a bit of a challenge between contractors and government workers. desk space was at a premium. far from my home

    Advice to Management

    don't change contractor companies so often. include everyone in your processes. we're all in it together


  6. "To much union involvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hughesville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hughesville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    to much union involvement in who can relocate where

    Advice to Management

    offer more promotion potential to junior staff


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Just Okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance Officer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Compliance Officer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing salary and benefits, if you meet expectations: automatic 10k + salary increase annually, flexible workplace, union

    Cons

    Work is not challenging, paper pushers, too many levels of management for necessary changes to effectivly occur, lacking sense of team effort, negative co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Be accountable for your own actions.


  8. "it specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance and IT coworkers

    Cons

    Upper management do not listen to the people who actually know what they are talking about until after things are broken and crazy


  9. "DOL Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, benefits good, but expensive

    Cons

    Management does not allow work/life balances. Recognition of job well done is limited to those who management likes. Not much room for advancement. Management not willing to allow moves to learn more tasks/responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Realize you are dealing with PEOPLE. Push for better moral.


  10. "I would never work for DOL/ OSHA again..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Clerk in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Health and Safety Clerk in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Federal benefits, paid time off, good medical benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Management is allowed to act any jacked up way they want. OSHA is nothing but politics and a popularity contest. It seems like they want to fine a business for almost anything without giving them much counseling for corrective action.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your employees to respect you I would advise showing them respect. Slamming files on your employees desks, giving attitude for no reason and questioning employees personal lives is not professional. Also, treat long term employees with more appreciation than newer ones.


  11. "Okay in a bad economy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    More job security than private sector.

    Cons

    Crazy and dangerous people are protected by unions. Political leadership makes really bad decisions that threaten job security.

    Advice to Management

    Speak out against political leadership.



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