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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 26 January, 2015
Updated 26 January, 2015
572 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Production Control

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Manage large personnel and always busy with something.

    Cons

    Working more hours than others at my same pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recommend for higher promotion rate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    US Marine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Marine in Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - US Marine in Jacksonville, NC (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Travel the world and to defend the United States of America.

    Cons

    There are no cons to note

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to note

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot
    Current Employee - Pilot

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    camaraderie, sense of purpose, results oriented

    Cons

    long deployments away from home, life threatening locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always lead effectively

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked at ARDEC under the Department of the Army in Munitions Engineering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work, great environment for learning valuable engineering skills. Able to work independently with little supervision. As long as the job gets done you are not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Pay is below market value for engineers. Engineers need to be valued more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for better pay for your "valued" engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Grat leadership and technical xperience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Iwakuni (Japan)
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Iwakuni (Japan)

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

    Pros

    Stability of employment, and management experience

    Cons

    Moving every three years is a un needed burden and waste of money for tax payers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why move entire households that don need to be nor want to be moved at the tax payers expence every 3 years.
    "Just because"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mechanic

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to learn.

    Cons

    Very stressful at times depending on shop and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being "yes" men.

    Recommends
  8.  

    It is a family oriented organization, that shows it's support in all aspects of one's life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Guaranteed check, paid time off, down days, discounts, special offers, great moral

    Cons

    long hours, civilian vs military

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fulfilling... Of inefficiencies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Bremerton, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Bremerton, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits, lots of time off

    Cons

    Red tape like you wouldn't believe, us vs them mentalities, extremely low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises that you can't keep. Do yourself a favor and make smart goals and stock to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Department of Defense

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CBRN in Fort Stewart, GA (US)
    Current Employee - CBRN in Fort Stewart, GA (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere and development. Diverse and family oriented

    Cons

    Time away from family and friends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best support staff in an education setting I've ever experienced.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Teacher in Okinawa (Japan)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Okinawa (Japan)

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Quality training and support from staff.

    Cons

    Contract work so not eligible for unemployment when contract not renew due to government budgeting issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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