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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
524 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
86 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 24 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 47 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  

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    Opportunity to serve Department of Defense through civilian service.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance,government benefits, pay, and it's a federal position.

    Cons

    Lack of challenge
    Limited opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct internal employee morale survey and take action on information obtained to reduce turnover.

  8.  

    Job is great, traffic is awful, people are people

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, great job, good people for the most part

    Cons

    minimal room for growth, DC traffic is atrocious, people...it is the political hub, so make your own assessment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    AF

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good way to travel a lot.

    Cons

    Lots of work for little pay.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Personnel management

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Secruity, see the world, protect our country

    Cons

    Not many to mention at all

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager of automation for the network operations of US Army Europe network ops center

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    Current Employee - Internal Support Management in Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Current Employee - Internal Support Management in Wiesbaden (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Living in Europe, good training oportunities. Great working environment.

    Cons

    The base has lousy parking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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