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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
3,798 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Air Force core values: Integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do.

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    Current Employee - Various  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Various in Washington, DC

    Pros

    It was great and provided me with the discipline, training, experience, independence and growth necessary to equip and propel me in life and filled me with pride.

    Cons

    Being on call 24/7, meals ready to eat, long hours, ancillary training, long deployments, training excercises with full gear and wearing gas masks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always lead from the front, talk to your Airmen starting with the most junior on up, keep them informed and stay involved. Be approachable and accessible!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A job that matters.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Operator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Operator in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Integrity, Service, and Excellence are the core values that bind and unify the entire branch. Additionally, working for the better good of the entire country makes for a fulfilling job.

    Cons

    Work schedule can vary depending on the mission and job responsibilities. Deployments are often not at optimal times and can be difficult for families.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ops Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Ops Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Serving one's nation is the best reward

    Cons

    None; as with any job those you work with and for changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Benefits

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

    Pros

    Benefits, education opportunties, Skill building

    Cons

    Deployments, decesion making, force reductions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on People and information sharing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing opportunities on the cutting edge of technology provided you can lock into the right career field.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Satellite Operations and Project Management  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Satellite Operations and Project Management in Chantilly, VA

    Pros

    Great people! Challenging work, Excellent Time-off, Fair salary for most given incentives (tax free allowances, health care, amenities), and a mission that keeps people focused and instills pride in all members.

    Cons

    Deployments and time away from family in some career fields, Promotion system inherently stagnates professional ascension (i.e. if you're a go-getter, you may not "climb the ladder" at the same pace one would in the civilian sector), Budget constraints have routinely driven cutbacks to operating budgets and forced many career fields to employ involuntary separations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work, and live.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Transport Craftsman  in  Andrews AFB, MD
    Current Employee - Cyber Transport Craftsman in Andrews AFB, MD

    Pros

    The benefits are great. You will learn great job skills, and you will learn how to do anything you set your mind to doing.

    Cons

    You may be asked to deploy to unfavorable environments and deal with unexpected occasional travel to foreign countries and possibly give your life for your country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you never forget that people come first. Policy was made to be broken.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Air Force, Great Place to Serve

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Training Director in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Teamwork....Friends for life. People make the service.

    Cons

    Deployments. Too much time away from the family the last 15 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People deserve more money during deployments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Career Choice

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

    Pros

    The military offers excellent opportunities for a young college graduate. No matter what path your career takes you, the foundation of having been a military officer is universally respected and is a great place to start, particularly for those that are still undecided on long term goals.

    Cons

    There are commitments depending on what field you enter and what level of assistance you were granted in earning your college degree that may be more restrictive than civilian companies will demand. You may have limited options on your military specialty, depending on the needs of the service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on recruiting the best and brightest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Serving the Nation

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

    Pros

    Great training and duty alongside other willing volunteers who all have an innovative spirit.

    Cons

    Performance measures for individuals are lacking; promotions can be made mostly by jobs held and not level of service performed; creates sub-culture of careerism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge Airmen to seriously evaluate and measure (objectively) work performance instead of assuming all do their work equally well.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Hard charging, high intensity mission achievers!

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, and comraderie second to none.

    Cons

    Frequent moves and work related travel can behard on families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and no b.s. transparency is the key to increased line production.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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