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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
493 Reviews

3.7
493 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
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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.  

    The DoD is a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Federal cuts, pending lay-offs, furlough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep your employees first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Feel like a contributor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to communicate and shape national defense policy
    Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders

    Cons

    Information is power, and some senior leaders hoard it.
    Senior leaders sometimes more focused on management rather than inspired leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to inspire!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience here have been both challenging and satifying, knowing that I am making a diffierence to the war fighter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work environment, potential growth, benefits, work culture, work related traing and travel

    Cons

    Salary, Traffic, Office work can get redundant and dry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    One of the best retirement packages available.

    Cons

    Possible long hours and extended travel.

  6.  

    Highly recommended for veterans but not minorities.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Paid OT. Work weeks are 40 hrs only. All federal holdays are paid. There are 13 paid sick days a year. Great environment for white, conservative, Christian males (ideally older > 50yrs of age).

    Cons

    It's like an episode of mad men w/o the alcohol and smoking. It's a pretty racist, sexist, bigoted environment. They removed the colored water fountains but the mentality stayed. This is not a good environment for any minority including women.

  7.  

    Not a bad place to work

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, fairly secure as long as you are an actual government employee. Lots of potential for learning new areas.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Department of the Air Force is hard to promote, unless you're in good with a hiring manager, who manipulate HR.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant  in  Elmendorf AFB, AK (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Elmendorf AFB, AK (US)

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

    Pros

    Working with our service members and the benefits (medical, dental, holidays)

    Cons

    Not easy to promote. Too much corruption in the hiring process. Hiring managers have the ability to manipulate the system to place whomever they want into a position, no matter their education or experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Government job with an interesting mission

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Fort Meade, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fort Meade, MD (US)

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

    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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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.  

    The experience was a life changing and positively progressive period of life.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Healthcare Specialist  in  South Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Healthcare Specialist in South Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Money, Benefits, Helps Build a Resume, Room for advancement, Opportunity to better one's health. There are many benefits to joining the military including education benefits. It will convert someone that has not achieved much in life and turn them into a great achiever if that person is willing to apply themselves.

    Cons

    The job is not for everybody. It takes an individual that can listen to and follow orders on the fly. The individual will even have to follow orders that one may not agree with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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