There are newer employer reviews for US National Guard

1 person found this helpful  

Volunteer for part-time slave labor at low pay

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Sergeant  in  Urbana, IL (US)
Former Employee - Sergeant in Urbana, IL (US)

I worked at US National Guard as a contractor for more than 5 years

Pros

Instills discipline, encourages people to be responsible and orderly, required time is only 1 weekend a month plus a 2 week period per year

Cons

Low pay, many different bosses, generally any promotion is just a handout to relieve a superior of some of his/her duties while retaining the same amount of bosses/masters as you previously had.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop treating volunteers like slaves.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

198 Other Employee Reviews for US National Guard (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    More a calling than a job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cadet  in  Somersworth, NH (US)
    Current Employee - Cadet in Somersworth, NH (US)

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Provides you a skill set that helps foster your own independence.
     - Gives you experience working with and managing teams of people, from groups of four to in the 100s.
     - Puts you in control of a lot of tax dollar's worth of equipment at a pretty low level.
     - Great chance for upwards mobility, at least to a certain point (E-1 to E-6, O-1 to O-4).
     - Service to nation, and the respect that it comes with.
     - Drill pay is pretty good for two days a weekend. (Can be around $100+/day once you're an E-4 or above).
     - Active Guard Reserve spots, where you work a full-time position in the NG or Reserve, come with full Active Duty pay and benefits. Check a pay table if you're interested, but this can be quite decent.

    Cons

    - Balancing the Soldier/Citizen mindset can be weird at times.
     - It may be only one weekend a month, two weeks a year (annual training), but the higher you go, the more of your time you'll have to be putting in.
     - It's the military - expect a lot of structure and paperwork. Creativity is appreciated, but don't expect to revolutionize the system.
     - Advancement is limited by time-in-service, unless you drop your request to go something "high-speed", as we say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stay flexible, and look for ways to cover up gaps in budget and supplies. There's enough experience in your companies/battalions/whatever that just about anything can be pulled off with enough effort.
     - Keep the standards high. Drop 'em if they can't hit that PT minimum, if they don't stay up to date

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    An experience to never forget and always remember

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infantryman  in  Medford, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Infantryman in Medford, OR (US)

    I worked at US National Guard as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great job qualifications, and leadership skills, and life lessons to take to the grave

    Cons

    really hard to have or keep a family if your not already strong enough financially or mentally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for US National Guard

Worked for US National Guard? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.