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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 20 August, 2014
Updated 20 August, 2014
482 Reviews

3.7
482 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
74 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    DoD QAE

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stability, Work, Promotion, Service to Country

    Cons

    Regimental, travel a lot, Weekends

  2.  

    Government Life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Fort Gordon, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fort Gordon, GA (US)

    Pros

    Stability, Benefits, Discounts, Security Clearance, Flexibilty

    Cons

    lower pay compared to private industry
    Promotions
    Bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more personable with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It have been a great experience working of Marine Corps

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist  in  Mount Washing, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist in Mount Washing, OH (US)

    Pros

    Benefits and family leave program

    Cons

    Congress cut backs sometimes government shut down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Knowledge Operations Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not much... Management was excellence. To continue to develop and encourage young employees to stay with the Federal Service

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Civilian medical worker

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Clinical Staff Nurse  in  Columbia, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Staff Nurse in Columbia, SC (US)

    Pros

    Great 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!

    Cons

    Found 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 ManagementAdvice

    If you don't like the current administration just wait a while, it will change.

    Recommends
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great organization to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great job security not really any worries

    Cons

    frequent moves every three years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep people at one location longer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Government job with an interesting mission

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Fort Meade, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fort Meade, MD (US)

    Pros

    You do learn something new everyday about technology. The mission is pretty interesting, and some of the people you work with are quite talented and you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Typical government b.s. It can get quite frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to get rid of some layers of management as they give no added value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Perfect job to collect a paycheck, not much for the go-getter.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Mundane boring tasks, not much excitment or change from day to day. Administrative burden is huge and ever changing, impossible to keep up with all regualtions. Find yourself staring at a computer screen all day typing nonsense.

  11.  

    Used to be great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Section Chief, Network Security  in  San Angelo, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Section Chief, Network Security in San Angelo, TX (US)

    Pros

    Highly structured, clear expectations, higher sense of purpose/accomplishment

    Cons

    Job security, constant budget cuts, no training, too many "additional duties" and "ancillary training requirements", have generally done a poor job integrating the military/civilian workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Every year we hear about how we have to reduce our budget to save money (resulting in tech refresh or training dollars being cut), yet every year we still see an orgy of spending come August/September of money we "have to spend" so it doesn't get taken out of our budget next year... and usually it is being spent last minute on stuff we really don't need. We've also gotten past the part where we can "do more with less". Senior leaders really need to do a better job of prioritizing work and eliminating the tasks that aren't that important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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