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US Air Force Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 132 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 293 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 315 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 384 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst job I've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Linguist in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Linguist in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The GI Bill is really the only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Literally everything about it minus the GI Bill.
    Leadership that doesn't care about it's people, only impressing their superiors.
    Constant bickering and gossiping.
    The majority of enlistees are incredibly immature with a huge chip on their shoulder.
    When the leadership feels like morale may be a bit low, lets have everyone come in early on their day off to have a bunch of briefings on why morale should be higher.
    Depending on your career field, you may not be able to switch (I couldn't).
    Promotions have literally nothing to do with your character or ability. If you can read a book, remember what you've read and then spew it back at a piece of paper, you get promoted. This leads to terribly unprofessional people in charge.
    Regardless of your age, if you're lower ranking then you're immediately disposable. Countless times a problem came up, I would offer advice on how to fix it only to be ignored because my rank was lower, even though I was older than most of the people tackling the problem. More often than not, in the end they end up doing it how I suggested at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating people like they're replaceable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Might be for you Might NOT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Pay is steady, health care payed for

    Cons

    layoffs just like a corp. Middle management is horable, leaders do what they want

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Everyone is for themselves

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Time off is great. Look forward to getting 30 days of leave guaranteed every year. Being able to go to appointments without having to take time off is a bonus as well as all the other benefits offered as long as you use them.

    Cons

    For the most part leadership is awful and incompetent. It definitely a "good ole boy" system in place where everyone is looking out for themselves. The family mentality and culture is long gone and I don't see it coming back anytime soon. Those in leadership positions enjoy screwing over people as long as their in the spotlight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourself and remember where it is you came from. Everyone you stepped on to get to the position you are in you will one day cross paths with again. May those very thoughts tuck you in at night.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was good getting terrible.

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    Current Employee - Electrical and Environmental Systems Shop Chief in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Electrical and Environmental Systems Shop Chief in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Education and training, and that really all I can say about the Air Force

    Cons

    Worst good old boy system I have seen. I have watched airmen receive awards and promotions that were not worth a damn, but because they golfed with the higher ranks, or hunted, fished, or anything like that they received these awards and promotions irregardless of the technical, management, or leadership abilities.

    When I first joined we used to take care of each other. If you were a good airman and made a simple mistake you were forgiven and people fought for you. Now the hang you out to dry as long as it makes an example of you and the person administrating the punishment looks good for doing it, that's all that matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop MICRO-MANAGING and let your junior NCO do what Airman Leadership School and Non-Commissioned Officer School teaches them to do. Also stop relying on that one airman that is good at the job, give the other lower ranking airman a chance to shine and become the one airman that you can always count on to do the good troubleshooting and repair. The one you count on now that goes on every TDY, deployment, MRT...that one getting worn out and you are going to drive them to a breaking point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Don't join the United States Air Force

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personnel in San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Personnel in San Angelo, TX

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (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
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Security Clerk in Wrightstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Clerk in Wrightstown, NJ

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    No degree required to do job

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You're not told what you signed up for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than an 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

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