US Air Force Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Pros
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and continue your education (in 144 reviews)

  • Currently government pay and benefits are better than their civilian counterparts (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 270 reviews)

  • As with any maintenance USAF career field expect long hours, with little reward (in 326 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wasteful organization with toxic leaders

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    Current Employee - Supervisory  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supervisory in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Better for military members than for civilians. Excellent benefits for military. Benefits for civilians are competitive with other firms, but not as good as many.

    Cons

    unethical, incompetent senior leadership and employees; wasteful programs; misogynous culture. If unethical and dishonest, AF career will be well developed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Giving advice to AF management is pointless, futile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't join the United States Air Force

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    Current Employee - Personnel  in  San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Personnel in San Angelo, TX

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hardly any pros. It is a waste of life.

    Cons

    Everything sucks. They don't enforce the rules. They just talk about the rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A pleasant experience with good folks; but I was lied to from day 1.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Clerk  in  Wrightstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Clerk in Wrightstown, NJ

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Responsibilities rarely changed; there's pre-scheduled pay increases, and it's almost impossaible to get fired...except by EXECUTIVE ORDER (like me), or an act of Congress.

    Cons

    There is no reason to excel, because no one notices,;and it does you no good career-wise. The officers directing you will tell you whatever you want to hear, because thel'll only be there for a few months...I was told if I did a good job & stayed out of trouble, I'd have a job for LIFE; because the Air Force will NEVER let good people go...this was a complete LIE. They used us (my entire unit) as far as they could, & then just dumped us all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no real upper management. Officers spend less than 2 years at a post; and athe are shipped out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Aim Low

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor Pilot  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Instructor Pilot in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training for being a pilot

    Cons

    Cost!!! The cost of everything as a whole is not worth the education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to fire the bad commanders, and keep the good talent because your current model encourages the good leaders to get better jobs elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No degree required to do job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy workload. Home on time every day. They paid for my education.

    Cons

    Workload could be done by someone with no degree. This is toxic to a resume. Benefits are eroding and pay is nowhere near private sector compensation. The base is located in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay engineers competitive wages and offer benefits to compensate for living in a small town if you want to keep and retain younger talent. Additionally, stop requiring people to have BS degrees for glorified paperwork positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You're not told what you signed up for.

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    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Healthcare is great.
    Opportunity to travel.
    Pay is only partially taxable.
    Large member support structure.
    Educational opportunities (ROTC, Academy, graduate school)

    Cons

    Even as an officer you start out like a slave. The military is a modern form of indentured servitude. What they don't tell you is that one person's opinion can ruin your career and get you kicked out without due process. The ridgid rank structure breeds a culture of pencil-whippers and wasteful spending. People are laid off while $100,000+ temporary walls are installed in a building because the commander thought a room was too big. Working for the military is selling years of your life and freedom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously rethink priorities. The officer promotions scheme is broken. Overinflated reports, and a lack of investigation into actual performance have lead to a complacency and over reliance on regulation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Air Force

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    Current Employee - SSgt  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - SSgt in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, but friends keep getting kicked out because CEO (Pres) is horrible

    Cons

    No longer job security, everyone is getting kicked out, stay away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GFY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Weak incompetent leaders remaining in, strong, talented, capable, courageous leaders leaving in droves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunities for additional education and leadership

    Cons

    becoming overly rigid and punitive, policy makers are not making judicious use of resources, very low morale, very lowest of performers wanting to remain, many narcissistic, abusive Commanders still in and making people's lives miserable. many getting released at 10-14 years after several deployments with zero retirement, a lot of instability, hard on families. don't drink the koolaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take the unit climate assessments seriously and have the courage to remove toxic "leaders" before they destroy people's lives, the suicide rates remain high because of terrible leaders, especially at the Squadron level

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

    meh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    people, benefits, travel, steady income

    Cons

    the bs, sacrifice, not well compensated

  11.  

    God Awful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst  in  Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Hampton, VA

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you get the right career field, you may get valuable work experience (at least on paper). Education benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Poor direction, lack of clear goals, lack of mentorship, general lack of professionalism in the workplace. Little or no professional development or respect given to junior members. Lack of critical analysis, lack of understanding of mental/emotional/spiritual wellness pillars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give first-line and mid-level leaders more autonomy. Provide clear goals to these levels, and work on building a culture that enforces the "soft" responsibilities of these positions. Don't try and accomplish this by writing new regulations and expecting that to be a fix. Really work on building the culture the right way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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