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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.8 468 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(69 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Knowledge Operations Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ (US)

    ProsOverall excellent experience. The culture of the workplace is very "we" oriented and attitudes are mission focused.

    ConsI found myself most qualified for positions however not most eligible "... time and grade..." is first reviewed as done so in most big bureaucratic systems operations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot much... Management was excellence. To continue to develop and encourage young employees to stay with the Federal Service

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

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    Civilian medical worker

    Clinical Staff Nurse (Former Employee) Columbia, SC (US)

    ProsGreat team to work with. I worked at the Troop Medical Clinic at Fort jackson, and I totally enjoyed with working with the troops, and providers. Health insurance is great!

    ConsFound that some of the co-workers there were dog-eat-dog. I was offered to take a course for Lean Sigma Six course and another person "took" the place in the class (they are not planning on attending college or actually using the certificate).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you don't like the current administration just wait a while, it will change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It have been a great experience working of Marine Corps

    Instructional Systems Specialist (Current Employee) Mount Washing, OH (US)

    ProsBenefits and family leave program

    ConsCongress cut backs sometimes government shut down

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

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    great organization to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat job security not really any worries

    Consfrequent moves every three years

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep people at one location longer

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

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    One of the best places I have worked.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI was permitted to spread my wings and step outside of my comfort zone.

    ConsIf working with the military environment, this is not for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep allowing people to obtain job growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    On an intrinsic level, this career has been very satisfying, but on a tangible level there is much to be desired.

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsPros are contributing to something (at times) that is greater than myself.

    ConsThe decision makers in Congress will cut your retirement and benefits well before they will ever think about trimming their own "fat".

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

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    Mission Focused, Great Experience!

    Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsThe DoD has strong core values and is very mission focused. It was humbling to see the sacrifice made by so many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. I was proud to be a civil servant, and enjoyed knowing that I was doing something to better our nation.

    ConsThe civilian side of DoD is very traditional and slow to adopt new ways of doing things. They've made strides over the last 5 years regarding work at home, work life balance, and dress code

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to explore new ways to attract talent from the next generation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Military Career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will never get a chance to enjoy camaraderie as you do in the military. It will align you for success throughout your lifetime.

    ConsYou must be flexible and willing to go the extra mile

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

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    Information Systems Technician

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTraveling the world and serving your country.

    ConsDeployments, being away from your family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAwesome chances at advancing.

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

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    Upward Mobility

    E8 Senior Chief Petty Officer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent practice of inclusion and diversity

    ConsMentor program form the point of entry to transitioning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement mentorship program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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