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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 12 August 2014
Updated 12 August 2014
478 Reviews

3.7
478 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Great job security working with the federal Government (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Requires long hours, time away from your family and lack of upward mobility (in 28 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The DoD is a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Federal cuts, pending lay-offs, furlough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep your employees first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Feel like a contributor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Ability to communicate and shape national defense policy
    Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders

    Cons

    Information is power, and some senior leaders hoard it.
    Senior leaders sometimes more focused on management rather than inspired leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to inspire!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience here have been both challenging and satifying, knowing that I am making a diffierence to the war fighter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Work environment, potential growth, benefits, work culture, work related traing and travel

    Cons

    Salary, Traffic, Office work can get redundant and dry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    One of the best retirement packages available.

    Cons

    Possible long hours and extended travel.

  6.  

    The experience was a life changing and positively progressive period of life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Healthcare Specialist  in  South Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Healthcare Specialist in South Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Money, Benefits, Helps Build a Resume, Room for advancement, Opportunity to better one's health. There are many benefits to joining the military including education benefits. It will convert someone that has not achieved much in life and turn them into a great achiever if that person is willing to apply themselves.

    Cons

    The job is not for everybody. It takes an individual that can listen to and follow orders on the fly. The individual will even have to follow orders that one may not agree with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience and building expertise

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

    Pros

    This job area has good growth opportunities

    Cons

    Pay, limited to scale and not performance based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, the DoD needs to create an incentive based performance structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experince

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PBO  in  Columbus, OH (US)
    Current Employee - PBO in Columbus, OH (US)

    Pros

    steady pay and great benefits

    Cons

    I would say our govermentis a con

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    DoD QAE

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stability, Work, Promotion, Service to Country

    Cons

    Regimental, travel a lot, Weekends

  10.  

    Government Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Fort Gordon, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fort Gordon, GA (US)

    Pros

    Stability, Benefits, Discounts, Security Clearance, Flexibilty

    Cons

    lower pay compared to private industry
    Promotions
    Bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more personable with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It have been a great experience working of Marine Corps

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist  in  Mount Washing, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist in Mount Washing, OH (US)

    Pros

    Benefits and family leave program

    Cons

    Congress cut backs sometimes government shut down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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