US Department of Defense
3.8 of 5 412 reviews
www.defenselink.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.8 412 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(49 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Job security and the openness to improve processes"
    in 43 reviews
  • "There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours; Beauracratic; Political meddling by congress;political disdain by congress"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok"
    in 17 reviews
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Great opportunity for American teachers to work for the US Government overseas

0200 TEACHER (MIXED MIDDLE) (Former Employee)
Schweinfurt (Germany)

I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary is based upon the highest average salaries for public school teachers in the US.
Salary is dependent upon years of teaching in accredited schools and earned degrees.
Working for the US Government overseas while protected by the US Government.
Teaching American children that one's nationality is more important than one's skin color.

ConsLimit of ten years non-DoDEA experience recognized on the Salary Step Schedule.
Living in a "fishbowl" environment with other Americans who tend to know all about you.
Time and travel distance from the US limits relations with family back in the US.
Vacancies highly dependent upon the US national forces deployment overseas.
Schools are closed permanently depending upon global political situations.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job managing teacher employment despite variable funding availability.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experiences.

Operations Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsTravel,great people and exciting work.

ConsExtended time away from family. Large organizations can be frustrating sometimes.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you work hard promotions will come.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Depends on location and outside influences

Naval Officer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat pay, Great ability to travel, Incredible people.

ConsVery Very long hours. Away from my family a lot. Department Heads are hit and miss.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tied to government funding, up years and down years

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Natick, MA (US)

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

ProsBenefits, time off, job stability

ConsPromotion potential is somewhat limited

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good benefits

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of Defense

ProsGood salary for HR, room for growth

ConsFederal budget can affect hours/salary

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good organization to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Department of Defense

ProsGS scale pay model, raises, and very specialist oriented.

Consthings can be slow for approval or process.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Darien, IL (US)

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

ProsStability and routine work, surrounded with non-thinkers

ConsMinimal promotability; don't stay in one position for too long

Advice to Senior ManagementIncorporate professional development into performance management metric

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unit Administrator for a Army Reserve unit. Dual military and civillian career field.

Unit Administrator (Current Employee)
Belleville, IL (US)

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMany intrinsic rewards. It always great guiding new Soldiers and preparing them for a possible long military career.Good benefits such as affordable insurance, paid time off, and training opportunities. Good entry level job.

ConsPay is not great. If senior leadership is bad, there is a toxic environment until change over. Not much advancement opportunity. Some people are cut throat and do what they can only for themselves. UA is not a career. Plan on about 3-5 years and move on.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time in developing new administrators and relize that each number in unit matrix's are people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Department of Defense

ProsBenefits are better than most

ConsPay is worse than most

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1102 in the Federal Government

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat job security, pay and benefits

ConsBureaucracy reins supreme. Decisions are made by committee which makes getting anything done next to impossible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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