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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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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)

  • Great place for beginners to the Federal Government (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work but Significant Uncertainty"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisory Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supervisory Investment Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposed to cutting edge energy technologies,

    Cons

    Under the new administration, priorities are shifting away from renewable energy investment


  2. "Attorney"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance (government hours)

    Cons

    Limited salary potential (government pay)


  3. "DOE - Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible mission from renewable and efficient energy research to maintaining our Nation's nuclear arsenal. Some of the most intelligent government and contract employees working on some of the world's toughest challenges.

    Cons

    Need to strengthen relationship between federal workers and DOE Lab community.


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  5. "Best employerI have worked for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Accounting in Lemont, IL
    Current Intern - Accounting in Lemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great Work Life Balance
    - Pension and Thrift Savings Plan plus matching
    - Friendly co workers with open door policies
    - Stable Job

    Cons

    - Hiring freezes (same for most agencies)
    - Work/travel may not be as exciting as in private sector

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place for Technical PhDs and Energy-Oriented Policy People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GS-15 in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - GS-15 in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of Engineers and Scientists, i.e. smart people
    - Energy Issues of all types MATTER to the current administration
    - Nuclear issues MATTER too
    - Generous salaries and solid job security
    - It's a great place for technical experts
    - Overall, people are pretty collegial towards each other.

    Cons

    - Less advancement for non-technical experts and/or non-technical PhDs
    - Horrible physical infrastructure. DOE HQS looks like it was built by a brutalist Soviet "architect"(Note: DOE's national labs are well funded, as reflected in attractive physical infrastructures and innovative R&D science/engineering.)

    Advice to Management

    - Invest more in DOE HQS building and physical surroundings. Forrestal is ugly outside, and the offices inside are downright depressing (although some sr-level offices have GREAT views).
    - pay more attention to work environment aesthetics.
    - explore whether more people could tele-commute (might help address the morale issues caused by working all day in ugly surroundings).


  7. "Physical Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pysical Scientist in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Pysical Scientist in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    determine own schedule and scope of duties

    Cons

    bureaucracy is sometimes cumbersome and out of touch

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "GREAT WORK PLACE"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    You get to work with a team of amazing people like yourself and rub minds together. The people are friendly and very willing to help.

    Cons

    The job involves a lot of travelling between states. This is sometimes tedious, but it is an exciting experience all together. You get compensated for every trip too.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits but lots of red tape."

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Department of Energy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are simply hard to beat. Vacation time, teleworking options, amenities, office spaces and locations, retirement, and insurance are all hard to match.

    Cons

    While there are many great benefits, the pay doesn't match what can be found in private industry. Promotion potential is fairly limited. The workplace can be frustrating at times due to inflexibility of management to promote or more often to penalize non-performing workers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize high performers, utilize available options to penalize low performers, and continue to improve technologies for employees.


  10. "Love my Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ORISE Scholar in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - ORISE Scholar in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, Collaboration opportunities, research without trying to chase after grants

    Cons

    Low Pay, difficult to become federal employee, bureaucracy issues


  11. "Programer Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Team Lead/Senior Business Analyst in Goodyear, AZ
    Former Contractor - Team Lead/Senior Business Analyst in Goodyear, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United States Department of Energy as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work love the co-workers

    Cons

    It's the government and things don't move as fast as the private sector does


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