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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
572 Reviews
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572 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    networking, professional growth, discipline, commodity

    Cons

    there are not any cons that I can think of. DoD is what you make of it. Many have different experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  2.  

    Good Learning Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    There is job security and good benefits.

    Cons

    Often times senior management has been in the same position for long periods of time and can lack fresh ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge yourself to continue to grow and learn.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Govt. Contracting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady employment with opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, many layers to navigate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Customer Service is the most important factor

    Cons

    No Cons to reports at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for all members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Compelling mission, dedicated people, lots of bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    The mission and the people - strong sense of purpose and service to the nation, and (overall) an extremely dedicated workforce.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and bureaucratic processes - can be hard to innovate. Old-fashioned performance management approaches are optimized towards average performers; can be frustrating if you're a very high performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing so much on rank or time in grade, and focus more on rewarding excellence and creating the conditions where people can innovate.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great and Rewarding Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits, challenging assignments

    Cons

    Sometimes it is a hard balance between professional work and family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adherence to mission, family and organizational values

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Supporting the U.S. Military as an Army Officer in Special Operations was a phenomenal experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Challenging work environment that empowered me to be a creative and passionate leader.

    Cons

    You are not rewarded for excellent performance and poor performer's receive the same compensation, incentives, and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders must be creative in how they maintain and encourage their talent--talent management can't only be worked at the Human Resources level, it must be a leader priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Lead Orthopedic tech.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Orthopedic Technician in Landstuhl (Germany)
    Current Employee - Orthopedic Technician in Landstuhl (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Travel, Location, Benefits. Pay is mid-range. Housing, utilities and amenities are provided for. Being to assist in taking care of those who protect our country and way of life.

    Cons

    Time in Europe is limited. There is no job security. Chance for advancement is limited. Educational opportunities are little to none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Production Control

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Manage large personnel and always busy with something.

    Cons

    Working more hours than others at my same pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recommend for higher promotion rate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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