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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated December 6, 2016
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United States Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
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  • Nice work-life balance (government hours) (in 22 reviews)

  • Pay, benefits, pension plan, job security (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Information Technology Consultant - Cloud Computing Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Telecommunication Service Operation - Task Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Telecommunication Service Operation - Task Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Not a very challenging environment

    Cons

    Great salary for folks in the IT industry.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Antiquated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Workforce Development Division in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Current Employee - Director, Workforce Development Division in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large presence of highly technical scientists and engineers. The mission is exciting.

    Cons

    Living in the past. Old, antiquated systems used to conduct work. Old thinking when it comes to new ideas and concepts. Environment not attractive to younger generations.

    Advice to Management

    Purge the boomers.


  3. "Nuclear Energy Intern"

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

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as an intern

    Pros

    Easy hours, laid back, do not have to do much

    Cons

    Nothing really gets done, no real reason to be at work

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Average benefits and average salary.

    Cons

    No efficiency, no accountability, poorly managed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the internal polls that you ask employees to take.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very Politicized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunity with bright people

    Cons

    Low pay, little responsibility, disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Be better organized


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stressful for communications professionals."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting advanced technologies and science are being deployed for clean and renewable energy. Working with the public is important for DOE's future.

    Cons

    Huge revolving door, inter-departmental divisiveness and a working environment that picks favorites. Consultants tend to be mis-treated, and dis-empowered. That's wrong. The "ivory tower" of national labs led by career Feds is highly insular. DOE tends to be always on the defensive. It needs to be pro-active in communications, internally and externally with the public. It's a huge, monolithic and bureaucratic research institution.

    Advice to Management

    Create more transparency and public awareness and jobs in clean energy, and treat consultants equal to feds -- we're all in this together to help America grow into a better place.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting work, Subpar human capital management"

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

    Pros

    - Energy work is at forefront of policy

    Cons

    - Low morale due to poor management

    Advice to Management

    Treat human capital as a valuable asset, and not a negligible resource.


  9. "Interesting policy issues to work on but low morale pervades"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is the best reason to work here. No one works at night or on weekends (with limited exceptions) - rare for attorneys used to law firms. The political appointees in charge are sharp and generally good to work with, but they have limited effect on the hordes of career employees...

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. All decisions are made by consensus and there are few leaders who want to take on an issue and make a decision, unless someone on the Hill is putting pressure on them to do so. The attorneys have no support or precedent databases.

    Advice to Management

    The problem may be with the whole government but there's got to be a way to address low performing employees. Also develop a client-service mentality. It's amazing how many people wanted to do their jobs without any accountability or deadlines.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "EERE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is nationally and internationally compelling. Hours are great. Lots of meetings with VIPs and Washington players. Lots of international travel. Policy issues are relevant.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. That About sums it up.

    Advice to Management

    I would pass on working at DOE. Instead, try working at State or Treasury. Issues often can be the same.


  11. "Sr Adviser"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    Great leader in Sec. Moniz

    Cons

    Incredible bureaucracy and poor work environment



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