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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
595 Reviews
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595 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense 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.  

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Once you become an government employee you are able to apply for positions that can truly help build your skillset to constantly apply for promotions around the world.

    Cons

    Having to deal with furlough and budget cuts. You can never truly be prepared to deal with issues like that.

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    Database Administrator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    You are working towards retirement

    Cons

    It is not enough to take care of the family

    Positive Outlook
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    HR asst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    income, meet people, benefits, job, work/life balance

    Cons

    management, coworkers, favoritism, additional duties, supervisors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Department of Defense

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    Current Employee - Cyber Crime Investigator in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Cyber Crime Investigator in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    One of the pros of working for the Department of Defense is job security. Despite furloughs and budget cuts, the mission is essential to the government and can be a fulfilling agency to work for.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can sometimes be an issue; however, with federal holidays and liberal leave standards it is manageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the needs and value of their people, entrust the expertise and skills of those working for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience for a limited time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    You meet a lot of interesting people and get to work with fascinating material. Let's not forget that you also get a security clearance in the end.

    Cons

    It varies widely from office to office, and even within the office depending on who you're working for. Sometimes the work is mindless, even if you're working with interesting material. Little to no chance of getting a job unless you're a PMF. Unpaid.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Unit Program Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great schedule, physical fitness time off, time off awards.

    Cons

    limited to military bases, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Human Resources Specialist

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist

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

    Pros

    Able to serve and learn all aspects of military human resource functions within one organization. Can serve in many units and learn different skill sets without losing seniority. Ability to travel to many countries and learn about different cultures.

    Cons

    Many deployments to foreign soil that can put a strain on family life. With frequent assignment every two years, moving the family around can be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilized deployment schedule to create more predictability for family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work experience

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    Current Employee - Commander in Fort Hood, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Commander in Fort Hood, TX (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Reliable salary and good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours and deployments across the globe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to monitor deployments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Junior Editor and Writer

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    Former Employee - Policy Editor/Writer in Falls Church, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Policy Editor/Writer in Falls Church, VA (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Exciting place to work and learn about our government

    Cons

    I cant think of any negative experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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