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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
4,464 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    A career, not a job

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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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cyber Operations Officer

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    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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  5.  

    Best 20+ years of my life!

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    Former Employee - Personnel in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Personnel in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There's no better place to work/serve in the world. Education benefits are great. The people are above par. Never thought this country girl would end us traveling the word and earning three college degrees thanks to the military!

    Cons

    Long hours and deployments. As with any job, you will get a bad boss from time to time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best Career

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    Current Employee - O4 - Air Force - Major in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O4 - Air Force - Major in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Travel, school, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Hazardous locations, ever changing. Drawdowns in numbers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Military Branch I've supported

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart, colloquial, and engaging branch. Never felt like a lower class "contractor". My opinion and work was appreciated and valued. I miss working with them. How often do contractors say that?

    Cons

    Just the usual contractual language that's out of the individual contractors hands, but impacts the ability to provide what the client actually needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the client, then act.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Live the uncommon life!

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    Former Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Serving our nation in the US Air Force is an amazing journey unlike any other. The experiences, skills obtained, and training received during my 20 year career were unparalleled. The Air Force knows how to take care of its service members and families better than any other service branch.

    Cons

    Sure you'll have some long days and some days away from home but most of those deployment experiences turn out to be the best professional opportunities of your life where you learn and grow faster than ever before

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep leading and leaning forward!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A career, not a job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E6 - Air Force - Technical Sergeant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - E6 - Air Force - Technical Sergeant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great pay and education benefits. Pension after 20 years. Outstanding climate, co-workers (family) and leadership. Best years of my life!

    Cons

    Frequent moves can be challenging for family members, however there is a great internal support system to allow for easy relocation and adjustment for family members at new duty-stations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Retired, 20 years active duty

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    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Experience, prestige, travel, leadership opportunities stand out as positives. People are genuinely concerned about the mission and most folks play well together.

    Cons

    Could be hazardous during missions. Politics and cronyism do play a factor in advancement. Knee jerk reactions to social/political correctness are unnecessary and can impede mission accomlishment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic 30 year career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multiple in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Multiple in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities and growth potential and development; diversity of worldwide locations; full spectrum of operations, exercises and programs.
    "The U.S. Air Force provides air support for surface forces and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2012, the service operates more than 5,638 aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 satellites. It has a $140 billion budget with 332,854 active duty personnel, 185,522 civilian personnel, 71,400 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 106,700 Air National Guard personnel"

    Cons

    Moving every 2-3 years (at best); combat deployments; strange base locations. Armed conflicts, humanitarian operations, budget cuts/sequestration; congressionally mandated continuing resolutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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