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US Department of Labor Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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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. "Legal Extern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Extern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Extern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain legal experience. Chance to help adjudicate administrative proceedings that you would not get in other legal extern opportunities. Valuable learning experience.

    Cons

    It is an unpaid position. It is full-time and can be quite challenging as far as deadlines and research go. Very busy office with a never ending workload.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and maybe add training opportunities for some of the new externs. Administrative legal research is different than other types of legal research.


  2. "Community Support Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Support Specialist in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Community Support Specialist in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Labor part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    covers working expenses (minimum wage), job development stuff reasonably helpful and many enjoyable coworkers.

    Cons

    minimum wage is low and there are not enough slots to go around. Also Hillsborough County has slots in addition to manch.

    Advice to Management

    Get the Department of Labor to provide more Manchester NH slots.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "claims examiner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Goood pay and on the job learning

    Cons

    workload at times can be heavy

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. "Great Job in the Field"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Investigator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Investigator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in the field is great. Investigator work is challenging and you learn something new with every investigation.

    Cons

    If your manager isn't proactive and disciplined your job will be a lot less fun and satisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage talented workers. Let them make mistakes and learn from them. You will get twice as much productivity out of workers this way.


  5. "Lucky and Stuck."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Two of the three supervisors I've had have been great to work for. I have been given a broad amount of latitude to solve problems in my program area. Government pay and benefits on the GS scale. Good mission, though possibly overly broad. Work is occasionally stressful, but mostly relaxed and self directed.

    Cons

    Grade discrepancy between regional employees and HQ employees who do the same work. Other agencies pay higher than DOL regions for the same work. Workplace flexibilities are given to nearly anyone for asking, regardless of merit. Many offices are run without metrics to ensure performance. Some employees take advantage.

    Promotion opportunities are rare. Agency likes to hire outsiders.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay grades on jobs in the region that do the same work as at HQ. Being the Department of Opportunity does not mean that low performing employees should get 50% or greater telework.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Rights Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Investigator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work flexibility. The pay is not bad compared to the work being done. Very complex area of laws thus having a law degree helps; most of my colleagues and I do have law degrees.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. People are too competetive for the higher paying positions in management.

  8. "Office of Disability Employment Policy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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."


  9. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple managers to work under

    Cons

    The work was a little boring, I felt underutilized

    Advice to Management

    Wish I was able to work alongside more people and be a part of a team


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - WCA in Saint Albans, WV
    Current Employee - WCA in Saint Albans, WV

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

    Pros

    Decent pay scale and benefits, flextime,

    Cons

    Typical nightmare of dealing with government bureaucracy--your immediate supervisors are often powerless to implement procedures that would increase efficiency in doing your job.


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