US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 125 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 278 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 305 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 370 reviews)

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  1.  

    Right job can be rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GS-5 Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - GS-5 Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, had a great leader/ mentor. Given responsibility to take on projects & additional duties. Hours were steady & given extra time to work out 3 days/ week

    Cons

    Promotion difficult. Only can be promoted in incremental steps, even if experience/education is matched to the position. Bad leadership can make getting things done difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed Bag

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great experience, great people, great mission but at the end of the day, you are still just a number so never forget that.

    Cons

    Tough on families. No kidding after 23 years of service, I got a call from a man I've never met telling me I was being forced to retire. Heartless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of talk from leadership about how much they care about people. Some folks take it to heart and try to treat it like their extended family, but most of it is just talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Air Force Operations Research Analyst

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    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are great high level projects that you can work out. Overall laid back environment.

    Cons

    The work does not seem very challenging. Overall lazy employees and bureaucracy makes it a tough environment for younger analyst to express new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Officer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits are exceptional for beginning to mid level officers. Camaraderie is extremely high in many places. Work can be exciting and challenging. Defending America is an honour.

    Cons

    Zero control over your life. Uber-political. Slow upward mobility and promotions. Complete lack of checks and balances. Zero innovation. Out of touch mid level managers. Death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on talent, not time in service for officers as well as enlisted.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The US Air Force is changing, only apply if you enjoy budget drills and cost cutting as your daily mission.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Travel around the world, top professional staff and the ability to do less with less. It's not my Father's Air Force, that's for sure. It has changes into a business, both good and bad I suppose.

    Cons

    Too many Deployments and too many PCS moves. No cance to smell the roses. Some of us went to combat zones and got a different perspective than those who chose to stay at home instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your young folks with core values. Zero tolerance for incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best Service!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Knowledge Operator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Knowledge Operator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, special duties, travel.

    Cons

    brainwashing, belittling, and great sacrifice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits, great opportunities, poor strategic vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Great opportunities for hands on experience for those who will invest in opportunity
    - Great opportunities for formal educations for those who will invest their time wisely
    - Excellent opportunities for leadership and management experience
    - Rewards highly motivated people
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Long days and high-risk activities in many
    - Rewards mediocre performers with leadership positions on merit of seniority rather than performance
    - Slow...very slow...to embrace change--an extremely regrettable organizational trait in this modern age of cyberwarfare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's little advice to management. The stereotype of the military lacking "good business sense" has been around decades and there's no real incentive to change. Good ideas leave with good leaders every 18-24 months.

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

    Great opportunities and experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to grow as a person, learn new things, and experience new opportunities. Basic military training is a given, other job related training usually given as required.

    Cons

    Like most large corporations it makes decisions for itself not for individuals. There are great people who take care of people but, don't expect the corporation to do that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make wiser decisions for people when it comes to personnel, the pendulum decisions on personal end strength make deep impacts on peoples lives.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Is it as secure as it used to be

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LIttle Peon in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - LIttle Peon in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie, used to be benefits but they are being whittled away with the stroke of a pen.

    Cons

    Unstable political budget card play on Capital Hill that is threatening benefits and quality of life programs. Good old boy network is still in play for choice assignments and career broadening positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You teach "Change Management" in all your professional development courses....utilize it when you implement new programs. I was getting tired of waking up in the morning to a new program that would affect hundreds of thousands of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A lifetime of service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    See the world and work with great people

    Cons

    Shaky job security these days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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