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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
4,644 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great Co-Workers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Co-Workers never stopped teaching when help was needed.

    Cons

    Management didn't care about lower employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all the knowledge you can and leave

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

    Frusturating atmosphere with decent pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    As an officer, the pay is decent but there is no motivation strive for excellence. The mission can be rewarding.

    Cons

    The military reaches well into your personal life simply because they can. There is no incentive to work hard because everyone is paid the same regardless of performance. The military culture does not use common sense so it is very often frustrating -- the phrase "battery-powered battery charger" keeps coming to mind. If you have an operational job, it could be fun, but if you are in the 97% that have a support job (i.e. not a pilot) it usually lands somewhere on the range of boring to tail-chasing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Brace for bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, people, travel opportunities and pay. The support network in the DoD is incredible and the leave policy is compelling.

    Cons

    A top down environment with little freedom to improve the organization. If you are the sort to question the status quo and improve the way business is done, you will probably grow frustrated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Co-workers shared their professional knowledge,

    Cons

    Lack of training but the benefits and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for each job is a must, since all employers require different requirement from their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities but less control of life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Tricare and health benefits
    Salary and compensation
    Free services (legal, etc)
    Traveling

    Cons

    Less control in location/job
    Increasing PC culture
    Meetings
    Deployments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people to have more control over their jobs/assignments

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

    A long wild ride

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

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

    Pros

    respect of family and friends

    Cons

    Getting deployed with little to no notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent leadership messaging - avoid whip saw force management actions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still in need of competent--and bold--leaders.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Excellent people, great opportunities to do exciting and exotic things.

    Cons

    The promotion system for senior leaders just plain does....not....work. I have seen great officers get passed over for an additional star while toxic leaders and incompetents get rewarded. Additionally, senior leaders (including the current CSAF) seem to have little idea on those issues that are important to the force and should be addressed. In short, they are lacking vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement 360-degree reviews like the Army does so that you can gain visibility into the different leadership performances of your senior leaders.

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

    Right job can be rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Mixed Bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11.  

    Air Force Operations Research Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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