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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
518 Reviews
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518 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 23 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 45 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supportive environment

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    Current Employee - Detective in Tacoma, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Detective in Tacoma, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is exceptional. Ability to recieve up to date training. Once your probation period is over, short of committing a crime it would be hard to be fired as long as you continue to complete your job.

    Cons

    Must put up with a good amount of crap, Big Army is slow to catch up with the rest of the position culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consistent schedule and good pay

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    Current Employee - Transportation Assistant in Andrews AFB, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Transportation Assistant in Andrews AFB, MD (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Consistent schedule and good pay

    Cons

    Work is dependent on the budget. May be furloughed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The opportunity to pursue almost anything field you want

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    Former Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Options--in jobs, locations, responsibilities, etc.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy often stands in the way of common sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful place to work.

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    Current Employee - Regional Deputy Director in Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Regional Deputy Director in Alexandria, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment with a diverse group of employees.

    Cons

    No mass transportation in the local area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Work

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Warner Robins, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Warner Robins, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, growth, & Holidays.

    Cons

    At some point the GS scale evens out no matter what degree(s) you have. No special pay for specific titles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoyed 22 years of outstanding growth in the areas of leadership, management, followership, customer service and team

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Cocoa Beach, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Cocoa Beach, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    30 days of leave per year beginning the first year of employment.
    Every federal holiday off.
    Promoted based on experience and job knowledge.
    Allowed for personal and prefessional growth.

    Cons

    Work-life balance difficult at times.
    Pay was not equal to amount of work required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure management communicates to everyone the expectations of the organization and hold eveyone to that standard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Simple, detail oriented.

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    Former Employee - Senior Medical Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Representative

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job Security, professionalism. You will learn leadership, and the work drive is high.

    Cons

    Uniform maintenance, running field ops. Getting shot at.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Transportation management for active duty armed force members and DoD civilians

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    Current Employee - Counselor-Transportation Assistant in DFW, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Counselor-Transportation Assistant in DFW, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    relaxed dress code: collared shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes; work schedule (730-1600); 1.5 hrs for lunch if including working out at gym; most of work can be done communicating by phone and/or email-low face to face contact time; flexibility with time off.

    Cons

    LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION-my commute has doubled; most of work knowledge comes from OJT or teleconferencing, no formal classroom training due to budgets; promotion limited; super slow internet besides DoD websites; antiquated monitors and scanners and fax machines;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more perks especially during down time, off peak season, more command luncheons, newer equipment and furniture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Security Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Security Coordinator in The Hague (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Security Coordinator in The Hague (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Some new issue to work each day!!

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of the interagency consensus combined with lengthy acquisition process can hurt expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the workers get it done with minimal oversight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working for the government is great

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    Current Employee - Child Youth Program Assistant in Fort Drum, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Child Youth Program Assistant in Fort Drum, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Mission essential so you don't lose work during weather related emergencies

    Cons

    CYPA 4 job is extremely stressful for little pay. Commissary workers earn more for very little responsibility. A CYPA 4 has to keep children alive and well.
    Most work has to be done at home if it isn't direct contact with the children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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