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Website of the Week for Nov. 15, 2004

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Website of the Week Archive


The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government,

A "ranking of the cabinet, agency and subagency organizations representing the federal government's `employers of choice," Best Places is an interesting website to visit for those considering jobs with the Feds.

The website lets you look at rankings by

  • agency (like the Justice Department)
  • subagency (like the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10 office in Seattle)
  • demographic characteristics
    • gender
    • age
    • minority
    • front-line employees vs. managers
    • location (headquarters vs. field offices)
  • best in class based on
    • match between employee skills and agency mission
    • strategic management
    • teamwork
    • effective leadership
    • performance-based rewards and advancement
    • training and development
    • support for diversity
    • pay and benefits
    • family-friendly culture and benefits
    • work/life balance

How were the rankings generated? In 2002 the Office of Personnel Management conducted a survey of more than 100,000 federal employees to assess their job satisfaction.

Here are some of the findings of interest to members of the legal community:

  • the Justice Department ranked 23d out of 28 agencies
    • women rated Justice as a better place to work than men did
    • employees under 40 and over 40 rated Justice about equally
  • EPA's Region 10 office in Seattle rated as the 6th best subagency for which to work
  • within the Justice Department, the best subagency in which to work is the executive office and the offices of the U.S. Attorneys

The site also offers "Fast Facts," like the agencies that employ the most attorneys. The top ten are:

  1. Justice Department
  2. Defense Department
  3. Treasury Department
  4. Social Security Administration
  5. Securities and Exchange Commission
  6. Environmental Protection Agency
  7. Homeland Security Department
  8. National Labor Relations Board
  9. Veterans Affairs Department
  10. Commerce Department
2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington