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United States Department of Energy Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Program Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    This is not a good environment for minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop overlooking bad behavior from management.


  2. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    low salary, scale seems to improve as grade level increases

    Cons

    great quality of life, never work long hours

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade and compensate high preforming employees


  3. "Senior Investment Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Officer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Officer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the Loan Guarantee Program Office of the U.S. Department of Energy, one gets to work on truly world-changing clean energy and clean tech projects, alongside intelligent, committed co-workers.

    Cons

    The uncertainty about future Congressional funding and the long-term future of this worthwhile program can be unsettling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting to good fight to advance the commercialization of clean energy projects!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very bureaucratic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot working for DOE and built a lot of great relationships. The salary was okay but the benefits were amazing. Fortunately for me, I had a ton of great mentors so luckily, I didn't deal with a lot of red tape.

    Cons

    There were so many people there that had insane salaries that didn't deserve it. Knowing how hard I worked, it was very disheartening when folks who didn't give as much made two or three times more than me. Also, there was no clear career ladder. No clear plan during performance reviews how to advance.

    Advice to Management

    The Culture at DOE could really use some work. Every department is different: EE, EERE, HHS, etc. and they all had a different internal culture. Diversity is almost non existent as well. If you look at the 15's and SES, you can count on one hand the number of women and minorities. Most minorities were in administrative roles. Not sure if much has changed but if those things are addressed, DOE might find itself being a "best place to work."


  6. "Working at Savannah River Plant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager in Aiken, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Aiken, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work, long time employment (depending on federal budget) Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    High Stress, Managers have long hours sometimes, No overtime pay for higher managers depending on level of management

    Advice to Management

    Bring in resources to keep plant operating, Continue to keep treating personnel fair as you have in the past years


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Know your purpose"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work, many committed people, metro accessible

    Cons

    lots or bs surrounding meaningful work, lots of uncommitted people, food desert


  8. "DOE review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people who are great resources to have. Interesting work. Very little overtime.

    Cons

    One often has to deal with large bureaucracy issues. There is a lot of stove pipe issues. Many of the programs play sill political games to keep their budgets as large as possible instead of doing what is in the nations best interest.

    Advice to Management

    Do what is in the best interest of the nation and not what is in the best interest of your budget.


  9. "Team Lead/Contract Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Team Lead/Contract Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Team Lead/Contract Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great pay, alternate work schedule, a variety of contract actions.

    Cons

    Management opportunities don't often exist.


  10. "DOE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is comparable to industry average. Interesting work

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - nothing gets done because of all the red tape

    Advice to Management

    Appoint managers that know what they are doing


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission, but..."

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

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

    Pros

    The mission of Department of Energy is a noble one, and many folks remain employed here because of their devotion to creating energy security within the United States. There are many employees who are very passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Management is slow to make changes, even when employee surveys consistently demand a shift in leadership's approach to various issues affecting employee morale. As with much of government, it can be difficult to create changes and this often leads to frustration among employees.


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