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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
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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.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Officer in Andrews Air Force Base, MD
    Former Employee - Officer in Andrews Air Force Base, MD

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Best branch of the military......takes care of their military members!

    Cons

    Deployments are always a possibility in this career field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Operate independently

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Take action to be in-charge of your career. Then, teach your Airmen to do the same. The values are excellent, and the AF is a great place to launch your dreams.

    Cons

    It is a rare leader who will teach you the right thing at the right time. No matter what the rules say about PME and education, it is still a box to fill, and bosses will still consider it when promotion time comes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions based on people, not budget or numbers. We are designed to use incentives to level retention, but experienced people know when to run away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    US Air Force Officer

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    Current Employee - Aviation/Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aviation/Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I've had the privilege to work with amazing people and been able to travel and live all over the globe. The pay is reasonable (with all of the perks) and it is steady employment. The benefits are fine...tuition assistance, health care, dental, space available travel. Great team work atmosphere, where people can hone their leadership, followership and cross-functional integration skills.

    Cons

    It is truly a 24/7 job. Your family life takes back seat to your job and you could be away from your family quite a bit. Seems to be a large disconnect between senior leadership/decision makers and the action officers/worker bees. Middle staff/management seems to paint a rosier picture to top management instead of acknowledging certain issues. Its a tough time for all military branches right now with the cuts in manning...we are losing a lot of great people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the king. When the highest ranking Air Force officer tries to implement policies to assist the masses; i.e. no masters until O-6 level, help him enforce these policies. Stop forgetting the past. All of our problems seems to be cyclical and no one seems to learn from our past mistakes; manning, budget, various policies.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    United States Air Force

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    Current Employee - MSgt - USAF in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - MSgt - USAF in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Air Force has a lot to offer including job security, excellent benefits, first class training and education opportunities, and travel. Additionally, for the most part, the people you work with are passionate about their jobs and willing to make sacrifices many others would run from. Through my AF service, I have gained a first class education and a varied and unique level of experience.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is that once you have chosen either an enlisted or officer track, it is difficult (an later in your career, impossible) to advance beyond a certain rank. As the Air Force does not have Warrant Officers, senior enlisted are limited in their opportunities for advancement.

    Additionally, the nature of military service is a two edged sword. On the one hand, deployments offer great opportunities, but on the other, the require great sacrifice from the member and their families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a warrant officer track for enlisted, who want to continue to progress beyond the enlisted ranks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Values, steady pay, training, travel opportunities, mentoree/mentorship opportunities, leadership opportunities, health and dental care, camaraderie, education

    Cons

    slower than 'sister services' in promotions, wait and see approach to promotions and job location assignments, below average pay versus responsibility of the job at hand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider allowing promotion opportunities twice per year, improve the selection process for assignments by placing more emphasis on specific skills needed at a location rather than 'plug and play' with general career field (this need can be the need identified by the gaining unit's leadership - e.g. one option... leadership is given multiple names that fit and can have the opportunity to select individuals based solely on their training and experiences listed in their file, with all identifying data removed)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Staff Sergeant/ Crew Chief

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Travel and tight knit community

    Cons

    Long hours and limited freedoms

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worked with some of the Best People in the world!

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Andrews AFB, MD
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Andrews AFB, MD

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

    Pros

    The people!! Really great people!

    Cons

    Lack of home life. Deployed a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has the rank does not mean they are the best person for the job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work.

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    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

    Great working relationships and teamwork. All employees have a sense of belonging and rely diverse skill sets.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is lacking. There is more work than life. Demographic requirements fog advancement opportunities for many hi-performing leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people and stop conforming to politics.

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  10.  

    Some great opportunities to see the world and learn valuable life and job skills but with high stress and frustration.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    See the world!! In addition to the potential to be stationed in nearly any country in the civilized world, you have 30 days of vacation a year to see the rest of it. If you manage your career well, you can learn many different work trades and skills while creating opportunities to advance to the highest ranks. Also, pay and benefits are not that bad, especially in an unstable economy. As long as you do the best you can at your job, you can expect to work your way up the ranks at a fairly decent rate. If you can learn how to "play the game" early, you career can be very successful and very rewarding.

    Cons

    As part of the federal government, bureaucracy abounds. It is nearly impossible to accomplish work correctly due to dwindling resources, internal politicking, and lack of dedication and selfish actions from those around you. You have to deal with overzealous leaders who expect you to sacrifice everything about your life for the service in their efforts to get themselves promoted. In the high operations tempo of today's military, family life is extremely stressed. Potentially, your every waking moment may be required to be dedicated to being a "well-rounded individual," meaning no time to manage family matters. If you are single or have a strong, capable spouse, your career will flourish but otherwise you are going to suffer. You also have to rely heavily on your leaders to mentor you on life and career matters but good luck finding a leader competent enough and willing to spend necessary time doing it. A core expectation of military service is respect for your superiors who, sadly, often aren't deserving of it. What the Air Force stands for is a very laudable institution but it's typically the people around you that will either make it enjoyable or make you miserable. Also, don't let them trick you with the "every person is important" line. Some specialties are definitely more favored than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you have human beings working for you, not robots. They have human limitations, human desires that must be accepted and taken into consideration. Every person is unique, every person's situation is unique. "One size fits all" doesn't work, whether when leading physical training or when overseeing work. The worker shouldn't be expected to adjust to you, rather it's YOUR responsibility to get maximum productivity and effectiveness out of your workers and you need to find the carrot to make that happen. Threatening punishment isn't going to achieve that; at most, you'll get bare minimum performance out of the worker. You need to provide positive incentives. Promotion isn't supposed to be a goal, it's supposed to be a side effect of you doing your job properly. Your focus should be on the work and your people, not on your own future. Bottom line, do the right thing!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    2A571/2A574 Crew Chief: Its what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Pay, TSP, training, tuition assistance, housing, camaraderie, travel (depending on your job), medical, on-base amenities (library, gym, etc.), promotion opportunity (somewhat job based), and then a decent pension at the end of 20 years. Working on aircraft can be pretty fun, and some of those trips were awesome.

    Cons

    Sometimes the deployments seem to go on forever, and then you are sent on frequent temporary duties. 12 hour shifts and weekend duty. Working on aircraft can drive you crazy. Dealing with the careerists that inevitably end up being in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership tries, but really I think they are ham strung by limited power, and a "buzz word of the week" mentality. I don't think looking to corporate America for ideas to improve the Air Force has been effective (Quality, LEAN, AFSO 21). Most would say making a mechanics back-shop more efficient is just common sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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