US Department of Defense Reviews

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Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 27 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Often long hours required even as a civilian employee; Military culture dominates (in 29 reviews)

  • Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok (in 17 reviews)

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  1. SCM

    Current Employee - 10+ Years in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - 10+ Years in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Many determine on work environment

    Cons

    Some concerns are laboring duties

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work

  2. Budget Analyst

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    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, work environment, and people

    Cons

    Most jobs located around Washington DC.

    Advice to Management

    Give qualified applicants a chance for opportunities.

  3. Im currently a Human Resouces Specialist (Military) for a major military command located in Hoover, AL

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Hoover, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Hoover, AL (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Pleasant work enviroment to work in.

    Cons

    Defense cut backs are impacting resourses need to work effectively in the work place.

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration the lack of resouces when attempting to assign task.

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  5. great

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - Auditor in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    growth, advancement, travel, adventure, meet great people

    Cons

    depending on who you work for, there are incompetent supervisors/managers

    Advice to Management

    promote based on ability to perform the job at the next level.

  6. Career development

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The DOD is very aggressive in encouraging and funding training for professional development.

    Cons

    Technical jobs are typically at field activities, which typically requires frequent travel for developing technical skills.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of mandatory training. I suggest management reduce the mandatory training requirement.

  7. Great for some, but I thrive on innovation and thinking outside of the box.

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    Current Employee - Network and Systems Administrator in Landstuhl (Germany)
    Current Employee - Network and Systems Administrator in Landstuhl (Germany)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -A steady paycheck, unless the government shuts down.

    Cons

    -The ceiling is very visible
    -Far too many restrictions and lack of innovation
    -Quality of life is an afterthought
    -Many of the other employees I see daily actively or passively (through body language) express their dissatisfaction with their jobs, yet won't do anything about it. That's a bad culture in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    My management in my organization is great. They unfortunately have to execute decisions made at far higher levels than theirs.

  8. Good place to work in preparing for the future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great foundation for education and experience

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say really

  9. US Air Force career

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    Former Employee - Air Battle Manager in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Air Battle Manager in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Professional community, strong benefits, travel, serve the nation.

    Cons

    Absence from family, work in all condition, hazardous duty, you won't get financially rich.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people and they will take care of the mission.

  10. Department of Defense-Contractor

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    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work for the DOD, overall they are a very talented group of individuals to team with. The work way very rewarding and touched upon many areas of Enterprise Architecture

    Cons

    They were in need of a great deal of overhaul as to be expected. Lots of opportunities to work longterm. Cons were on some contracts there was a 12 month limitation. Also environment can be very political.

  11. I am currently chief logistics management analyst. I provide for the care and feeding of personnel worldwide.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Dependable pay and great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Too large and cumbersome to create significant change. Too bug down by cumbersome policy.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of antiquated policy and empower people to excel.

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