US Air Force

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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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4.3 213 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh

General Mark A. Welsh

(94 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and continue your education(in 144 reviews)

  • Currently government pay and benefits are better than their civilian counterparts(in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family(in 270 reviews)

  • As with any maintenance USAF career field expect long hours, with little reward(in 326 reviews)

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    The US Air Force overall was nothing but great to my family and I.

    E4 - Air Force - Senior Airman (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsPersonal Growth
    Challenging
    GI Bill
    Travel
    Medical Benefits
    Integrity
    Pay
    BAH
    BAS
    Family Support

    ConsSchedule
    Down Sizing
    Lack of Correct Leadership

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Employer

    E6 - Air Force - Technical Sergeant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe opportunity to get a great education, medical expenses taken care of and quite affordable for your family, traveling, quality of life, pay regardless of your efforts (though that can be a bad thing if you are comparing one that does too much to one that doesn't do enough). Great overall.

    ConsThings aren't the same anymore. It's very political now. Rank isn't the easiest to make in comparison to the other branches of service. The rating system isn't fair across the board.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your NCOs... they are the backbone of the Air Force!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good opportunities but at the cost of bureaucratic delays and slow processes

    Branch Chief (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFantastic aviation opportunities, chance to defend your country and make a difference. Good educational benefits. The 20yr retirement is still hardly matched anywhere else, though don't expect to retire to a NYC penthouse on it.

    ConsBureaucracy at it's worst. You'll learn the definition of red tape and delays. Some careerism form long-term service members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Air Force, along with the others services and US culture as a whole has become very risk-averse. This can stifle creativity and lead to lower performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits with lots of unnecessary "policies".

    Diet Therapist (Current Employee) Suitland, MD

    ProsThe medical benefits are a huge perk while you're in. The pay is good for a person right out of college or just starting out with no work experience. You have the opportunity to travel and be trained in a profession.

    ConsYou dont always get to choose the profession you would prefer to work in. They will move you as needed. Morale is getting worse throughout the airforce because of the pressure of buget cuts/restraints.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention and take better care of your airmen by not always making the decision that will make work easier on you and take away more from them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Aircraft Mechanic

    Crew Chief (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsTravel, Schooling and training good

    ConsAway From Family, Can be very political at times Force Shaping

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo Much Change,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Aim High

    IT Tech -GS (Current Employee) Silver Spring, MD

    Pros*High Profile
    *Challenging
    *Fast paced
    *Training

    I truly enjoy my position at Andrews AFB. It's exciting to be able to physically see our countries senior leadership. My career knowledge has grown by leaps and bounds

    ConsManagement does what they want regardless of rules (Get into the good ol boy system and you'll be okay). Promotions are not conducted fairly and you often have to leave the organization to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive and breath the Air Force Ethics. Don't cut corners. You lose many good people by not looking out for your airmen. I have attended many conferences that stress the importance of this but you as leaders talk the talk but don't walk the walk.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One word: Adventure. Also the healthcare is good.

    O4 - Air Force - Major (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAdventure, interesting opportunities and the chance to affect global policy.

    ConsWork/home balance, Potential to get trapped in a dead end position. Some co-workers are not as accommodating as they could be. Also, you have to kill people sometimes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Downsized

    Air Force Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork with great people and technology

    ConsChaniging benefits and broken promises

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't continue to erode befits and stop mishandling the drawdown which is creating immense turmoil and instability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great world experience...for a price...

    Safety Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsSchool paid for and practical, real-world experiences.

    ConsTime from family, can't quit, they know you are locked in to a contract and often use that to their advantage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide equal compensation for members who excel in school and become professionals in their field. I make WAY more on the "outside" and am actually paid what I am worth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for retirement benefits, places, and people.

    Cyber Operations Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey take care of family. The bases are clean and the housing is better than the other services.

    ConsSometimes common sense is not as common as you would hope. Budgets and projects can be frustrating because they are based on how much we can spend rather than what we should spend.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't bow to Public Opinion. Stay true to the AF culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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