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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  • Great People, lots of flexibility and respect for work life balance (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Mission and Goals, Poor Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Upper Marlboro, MD
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Upper Marlboro, MD

    I worked at United States Department of Energy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic, dedicated and professional staffers. Great benefits, education assistance and flexible work schedule options.

    Cons

    Managers had undisputed scientific, engineering and technical skills but had little to no people skills or managerial ability.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully, agency is providing more managerial training that includes diversity training and is making it mandatory for all supervisors and team leaders.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse, good salary, management values employees, benefits, flexible work schedules great training and leadership development

    Cons

    Low pay increases, inconsistent promotions

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Contract Spec."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very secure employment, laid-back atmosphere most of the time, telework and flexible scheduling is an option, bus passes are available.

    Cons

    Lower pay than private company, culture and work community connections are limited, no parking passes, work can feel isolating at times,

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire folks who are passionate about the mission and will take their work seriously. Try to engage the current workforce more in terms of creating a more friendly work community.


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  5. "GREAT WORK PLACE"

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    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.


  6. "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary and federal benefits. Job security. Nice working environment. Many jobs are directed at really important things (energy, security, science)

    Cons

    Many long-term employees seem to have given up caring about doing a good job and remain in place to build their pension. Those entering before around 1985 (or a little after) have GREAT pension -- after that it drops to just good

    Advice to Management

    Better value the great workers. Be clear about expecting performance from everyone, even the "old timers" who seem to be taking it a bit too easy on the job


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    "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.


  8. "GCEP = good time"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Opportunity to work while working on your academic goals. Geared towards graduate school. I enjoyed this opportunity and working in the forest doing global climate change research.

    Cons

    Choose your academic sponsor wisely. I had a professor from Oregon get mad at me because his female student wanted to go to the hot springs with me. He started a rash of problems by contacting my professor. I had made plans to jump ship to Harvard. The jealous professor in effect derailed my plans.

    Advice to Management

    politics... tisk tisk For the most part I had a great time and did my job and things didn't really get derailed towards the end. Too bad, I had been invited to Harvard by Bazaaz. Then one of the top three ecologists in the United States.


  9. "Department of Energy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly critical mission and visible agency

    Cons

    Federal government bureaucracy and older workforce

    Advice to Management

    Do more to recruit young and committed employees


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United States Department of Energy full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful environment to work. Lots of growth and collaboration

    Cons

    Hard to move to higher management unless physics is your expertise


  11. "General Engineer GS-801-14/ Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - General Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - General Engineer in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Very challenging technical and management work. Engineering and Nuclear industry

    Cons

    Politics in the government affected work

    Advice to Management

    None



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