US Air Force Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Air Force career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Andrews AFB, MD
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Andrews AFB, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Training and experience are the best reasons to serve in the Air Force. The leadership training in general is unmatched in the civilian community. Most career fields equate to an associates degree, and some to a bachelors. Air Force life serves as a springboard for great things as long as the individual is able to adapt.

    Cons

    No overtime pay, frequently long work hours, regular deployments, delayed/constrained advancement/promotion, physical fitness requirements for all positions, moderately good quality health care.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and empower them to solve the issues they've identified.

  2. Pilot

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities to develop as a pilot ahead of civilian peer. PIC of large turbine aircraft in 1000 hours. Decent health care

    Cons

    Indentured servitude. Commitments up to 10 years for new pilots. Everything is career centric

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your operators in the end they provide a support role. Avoid the 100% solutions offered by the REMFs. Set up a transitional internship with the major airlines for USAF pilots who are retiring (not separating). A great incentive for pilots to stay with the USAF...

  3. Retired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Andrews AFB, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Andrews AFB, MD

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees can move every few years.
    Great medical benefits
    Tax free housing
    Tax free food

    Cons

    Bad leadership at lower levels
    Work extremely long hours
    Could get deployed to a war zone for and extended period of time

    Advice to Management

    Improve leadership at lower levels by offering more leadership classes available to all.
    Don't promote people before they are ready. SSgt in 3 years is not ready for promotion.

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  5. I have been a member of the US Air Force for more than 20 years and there is never a day that I question that decision.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There's no better benefit package than that of the Air Force. The travel and educational opportunities are phenomenal.

    Cons

    Times have changed and the Air Force is evolving into a more agile force with a dramatic increase in workload with very little opportunity for promotion after a certain point, I am past that point.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing I would say in this area, the Air Force has been strong since 1947 and I'm sure it will continue to do so.

  6. Great career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Great place to learn! Whether you are seeking to learn a high tech trade or serve for an entire career, the USAF has plenty of opportunities.
    -The AF values training and education and makes sure it has the best educated Airmen in the world
    -Many careers have skills directly transferable to civilian life
    -Leadership/managerial/supervisory opportunities will prepare you for ANY outside career
    -Interesting/challenging mission
    -Opportunities to travel the world
    -Competitive compensation package
    -Serving your country!

    Cons

    -When called upon, sometimes long hours away from home
    -Military service not for everyone--make sure you understand what it's all about--could be a negative if your expectations are wrong
    -Frequent moves (could also be a pro--depends on the person/family situation)
    -Organizational inertia--sometimes hard to make changes. AF is a bureaucracy and sometimes significant change is slow to come about

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on people and mission

  7. Though in budgetary/political upheaval, the opportunity to contribute something greater than self is very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Joint Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Joint Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Early leadership opportunities, good training and professional eduction, health care, a significant amount of programs focused on helping you and your family, travel, and excellent benefits/retirement

    Cons

    The work/home balance can be a challenge, losing some control over where you will go and how long you will stay, deployments.

    Advice to Management

    Remain true and transparent to your Airmen about challenges facing the Air Force.

  8. Health Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great doctors for myself and my family. Dedicated medical staff.

    Cons

    Getting through the referral system and booking appointments outside main clinic

    Advice to Management

    advocate for your all your clinics to have a practice manager, and encourage civilian network providers to have a practice manager

  9. Excellent benefits, saw the world

    Former Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people and mission of the Air Force, happily served for 20 years and would do it again. Maximize what you get out of it - use the education benefits, push your career forward by taking on what is needed for promotion. It is what you make of it.

    Cons

    At times there is a good 'ol boy network that is disappointing to see. Most work to keep the system impartial and performance based but every once in a while the decision gets made in the back room.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expect the best of airmen and be fair and forthright with all on decisions that are made, pros, cons, and chart a clear path to victory.

  10. The Air Force, similar to all military branches, is and all or nothing organization. Dedication equals success.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Knowledge Operations Management in Clinton, MD
    Current Employee - Knowledge Operations Management in Clinton, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security, lots of opportunities to network with other gov agencies, community feel in most offices.

    Cons

    Deployments, sometimes long hours to complete the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Know your people

  11. Great experience, fast paced and rewarding environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Control and Budget Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Control and Budget Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work is always for a mission and a purpose. Strong sense of camaraderie. Life changing experiences.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent time and travel away from home, regimented standards of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Balance experience of staff and subordinates. Leverage opportunities for mentorship and counsel.

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