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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
128 Reviews
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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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    Deputy, Director Resource Analysis

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    • 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)

    Pros

    High impact job that influences executive level decision making for a corporation with $122B per annum budget and 680 thousand employees.

    Cons

    Our best analysis is routinely undermined by congressional politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions speak louder then words. Lead by example and we will follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    US Air Force

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    Current Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, brotherhood, training, growth opportunities.

    Cons

    For my experiences, I can not think of a single con. I have been in the USAF for 21 years and have loved every day of it. The USAF has shaped my life and given me the training and leadership skills I need to advance both as a military professional and in the private sector.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Loved it.

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    Former Employee - E7 - Air Force - Master Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - E7 - Air Force - Master Sergeant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Something can seem crazy, and deployments are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Medical Technician

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    Former Employee - Military, Medic, USAF, Enlisted, Medical Technician, 4N0 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military, Medic, USAF, Enlisted, Medical Technician, 4N0 in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Being a Part of a team that acts like a vast family. Medical and dental. Experiences unlike anything offered out side of the military. Job security. Wide scale respect from those you work with and civilians. Discounts normally 10% or more from merchandise (not available everywhere). Chance to learn and become a leader, effective follower (this is important and harder to do then learn to lead) become an expert in the field of job, chance to move into different areas in the military as far as jobs and within your job, Promotion is completely on you ( the guidelines are there you meet them and surpass them you get promoted and more money. Taught to work with all types of people and keep it professional to maintain and succeed in the mission. Even if you do not know what you want to do in life the military will give you a job to do as your find yourself. Unlike many jobs if you mess up You get written or verbal counseling to improve you as a member vs. simply fired. Your an asset that is an investment by the government and they would rather teach you to become better then get rid of you and waste all that money (this does not mean you can't mess up enough to be discharged.) You are trained to react when others will not, such as a car wreck, house fire, traumatic events. You will find that you don't stand around in shock as others tend to do but move into action and direct others to help those in need. THERE ARE DAYS THAT EVERYONE HAS SAID I"M DONE AND LEAVING THE MILITARY, most do not because it's an amazing job, and they way 90% or more treat each other as family even if your a stranger while your a member is something that is non existent or extremely rare in the civilian world. Example Brand new to a base, some one stops and helps you move in your stuff and then invites you over to their home for dinner since your not quite set up in your home this can be for a single person or their entire family.

    Cons

    Like every job there are days that suck, people you will not work well with and days you want to quit. In the military you can't just quit. You are a Number in a system that the government owns and will do with you as needed to complete whatever mission big Military decides. You may deploy for long periods of time, or be in training, or simple have a mission away from both your station and your home/family. If you break the law you face both civilian and UCMJ (this is far harsher then civilian court). You could give the ultimate sacrifice, or become severely injured and disabled. You don;t always get respect you are owed or thank you's, You become the center of dislike for the government at times, and people are no longer just people but possible threats you always have to consider (this doesn't mean we think all are threats, just that we have to have situational awareness that changes you view on society just a bit.) Sometimes you do jobs you hate whether you want to or not. Chain of command can be tough to get used to if you like it to be the (insert your name) show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to say, each leader is different. Some great some not. Just remember to listen to your subordinates, cause in taking care of your troops you will find that you take care of the mission as well. Just because you have rank doesn't mean your the smartest one for the job. Rank doesn't make a leader (just because you can test well and gain rank doesn't mean you should lead others. A leader never stops learning and following. You can learn the most from those below you, if your leading them correctly then they will teach you your strengths and your weaknesses. Also find some one to mentor you and learn as much as you can from those above you that you feel are strong leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    One of the BEST organizations to ever work for!

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    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Working for the Air Force has been one of the best jobs I've ever had. The benefits are phenomenal, the time off beats most private sector companies, the pay is decent, and most of all the people are the best. Additionally, there is a great sense of work/life balance that is second to non. In my private sector job, I would miss out on life. I now have time to get everything done!

    Cons

    Most members are quickly approaching retirement age and they are not that technically savvy. Thus, I am the go to person for most things the average younger individual would consider remedial at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I have great managers that truly look after their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    USAF Honor Guard

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    Current Employee - Ceremonial Guardsman in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Ceremonial Guardsman in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    the benefits are awesome, great way to take care of your family. Lots of room for promotion, travel around the world

    Cons

    being that you're in the military, you can't control where you live, when you work, what you do. a lot of work outside in the cold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Service before self

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent investigative agency that is leading the way for other DoD agencies

    Cons

    Work life balance and rotational deployments can be rough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through and keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Absolutely recommend working for the USAF. Great leadership opportunities and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Logistics Readiness Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Logistics Readiness Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Culture of leadership, teamwork and service before self. The ability to work towards a common goal (mission). Opportunities for advancement are a part of the command structure unlike a civilian employer where you really do not know what your goals are, what you are working for and when/if you will ever get promoted.

    Cons

    Time away from family is extensive. Multiple long deployments to austere locations. Fitness standards are high. To join and be successful you must think about the team and the mission and not about yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. USAF is doing a great job!!!!! Just keep the manning where it is. Can't trim anymore without jeopardizing the mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A career, not a job

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    • 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

    Integrity, Service Before Self, Excellence in all we do! You're part of a team, not a cog in a wheel.

    Cons

    Volatile world makes it difficult to plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower lower levels. Get rid of the red tape and miles of paperwork.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cyber Operations Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Cyber Operations Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Cyber Operations work environment transfer seamlessly into the civilian work environment. The combat or deployable communications field offers opportunities to design, implement, and maintain entire information systems and network that their civilian counterparts can only dream.

    Cons

    Deployments to remote areas of the world for extended periods of time, just like the other military services, can be very touch on family life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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