Air Force Reserve Employee Reviews about "civilian"

Updated 20 Jul 2020

To filter reviews, or .
4.4
98%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
Approve of CEO
Air Force Reserve President  Donald Trump
Donald Trump
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, you just have to know where to look for them(in 37 reviews)

  • "Great medical benefits at a fraction of civilian cost(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some people dont see the sacrifice the military makes(in 28 reviews)

  • "Expected to be trained and certified like full-time active duty counterparts, but in less than half the time to accomplish everything(in 24 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.

Reviews about "civilian"

Return to all Reviews
  1. "It was good experience."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician 

    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It’s part time pay. Great medical benefits at a fraction of civilian cost. GI Bill for active duty time. Military experience.

    Cons

    Not much to do as a BIO reservist. Never deployed or had special duties. Go active if you want the real deal.

  2. "NA"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve

    Pros

    Get to serve while being a civilian.

    Cons

    Still have to be a military member.

    Continue reading

  3. "Great part-time job and outstanding experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time

    Pros

    It gives the opportunity to serve while pursuing a civilian career. I was able to afford my education through them.

    Cons

    You do have the demands of military service outside of drill weekends and annual tour. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you must be prepared to balance both civilian and military life.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "A rewarding career, military service demands a lot but gives a lot back."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance (Crew Chief) in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pride in what you do. Job stability. Consistent pay increases. You will get plenty of training. The opportunity to travel around the world and be paid to do it. The longer you stay the better it gets. Retirement! Discounts at civilian businesses. If you are a Reservist (vs. active duty) they can't just tell you that you have to move to another state or country. So you can buy a house and settle down without worrying about having to move. With Reserves you kinda get the best of both worlds - you get to be a civilian most of the time and then you do your military commitment on the side....however, even as a "civilian" you are still bound to the rules of the military (no drug use). Usually there are opportunities for full-time positions at whatever base you are assigned to. You would have to live close enough to the base though to justify a daily commute. Education benefits are very good! I was active duty for 8 years, got out for awhile then went back in as a Reservist.

    Cons

    You may have to deploy for long periods of time to very hot places. The pay isn't that great when you are just starting out. You are on an enlistment so you can't just quit. You MUST stay off drugs and not get any DUI's and stay in shape (more of a pro). You have to get use to the rank structure and doing what you're told even if you don't like it. As a reservist (vs. active duty) you will have to wait till age 60 to collect retirement. Reservists dont get nearly as much points towards retirement as active duty does.

    Continue reading
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Part time"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Air Force Reserve for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great training as a segue for civilian certifications

    Cons

    It IS the military- which isn't a con but many people don't grasp the full concept of the Reservist's mission.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Air Force Reserve"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RF Transmission Systems Tech in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Instills discipline, teaches time management techniques, provides opportunities to perform at levels of responsibility that civilian companies would require much more experience for.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be stressful, disconnection between senior leadership and lower enlisted ranks causes inefficiency in certain situations, some planning functions are in need of improvement.

    Continue reading
  7. "Everything is earned! Currently AGR, prior active duty and prior traditional reservist."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Wrightstown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Awesome people that you work with; great camaraderie! Flexible around you (unit transfer, IRR option, volunteer for active duty time mission permitting)! No glass ceiling!!! AF Reserve is #2 priority (#1 priority is your civilian life/career). Early retirement (up to age 50) for volunteering for temporary full-time duties for part-timers.

    Cons

    Sometimes sacrificing a family/friend weekend get-together for drill weekend. Pay isn't great starting out (gotta start somewhere, what did u expect?).

    Continue reading
  8. "Excellent experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Education benefits, work experience, the people you meet in the reserves can assist in finding civilian jobs

    Cons

    Pay is sometimes messed up when transitioning between multiple sets of orders.

    Continue reading
  9. "Choose your rate, choose your fate."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Avionics Technician in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve for more than a year

    Pros

    If you find a decent job that you like, then the world is your oyster. You get the best of being a civilian and the training and backing of being military in the job markets. If you're looking into joining don't base your entire outlook off the training commands and the way they treat new boots.

    Cons

    It's hard to transition from active duty to civilian sometimes, there can be gaps in employment. Best to offset that with going to school. Don't let the recruiter talk you into a position you don't think you'll like.

  10. "Powered Support Systems Mechanic"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Reserve full-time

    Pros

    Working as a civilian employee for the US Air Force reserves is a great way to extend your service to our country. Great hours, excellent pay and fantastic benefits are all good reasons to stay.

    Cons

    Congress seems to be in the habit of cutting jobs in the government without regard to weather those jobs are needed. the constant threat of furlough, and termination of the job are over hanging and cause stress.

    Continue reading
Viewing 1 - 10 of 20 English Reviews

Work at Air Force Reserve? Share Your Experiences

Air Force Reserve logo
or