US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2015
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
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Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 27 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 48 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. Great Benefits;

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits; Salary was good; Diverse people; Ever changing work place"The pay and benefits are a bonus in accordance with the aforementioned information

    Cons

    Lifestyle can be hard on family unit with long periods of being away from family"
    Long periods of time spent away from home during training or deployment

  2. Attorney

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Attorney in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people ... mission focused.

    Cons

    Poor communication and no formal senor executive development program.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency ... improve communication!!

  3. Training

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    stable, plethora of opportunities, travel

    Cons

    lack of flexibility, regulated, process over outcome

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  5. Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flexibility, leave/vacation and sick days, paid holiday time off

    Cons

    Limitations for career advancement to higher pay grades, even if you have degrees, due to time in-grade restrictions, Reduction in Force (RIF)

  6. SCM

    Current Employee - 10+ Years in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - 10+ Years in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Many determine on work environment

    Cons

    Some concerns are laboring duties

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work

  7. Budget Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, work environment, and people

    Cons

    Most jobs located around Washington DC.

    Advice to Management

    Give qualified applicants a chance for opportunities.

  8. Great leadership development experiences

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Opportunity to grow professionally

    Cons

    Narrow scope for talent development

    Advice to Management

    Revamp talent development strategy

  9. Im currently a Human Resouces Specialist (Military) for a major military command located in Hoover, AL

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Hoover, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Hoover, AL (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Pleasant work enviroment to work in.

    Cons

    Defense cut backs are impacting resourses need to work effectively in the work place.

    Advice to Management

    Take into consideration the lack of resouces when attempting to assign task.

  10. great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - Auditor in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    growth, advancement, travel, adventure, meet great people

    Cons

    depending on who you work for, there are incompetent supervisors/managers

    Advice to Management

    promote based on ability to perform the job at the next level.

  11. Working with weapon system program offices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with other divisions/offices and their pesonnel

    Cons

    Poor leadership/management within the Intelligence Divsion

    Advice to Management

    Don't be rigid

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