US Army Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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Pros
  • Great Benefits; Salary was good; Diverse people; Ever changing work place (in 473 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are a bonus in accordance with the aforementioned information (in 117 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometime the amount of time required away from family for training can get tough (in 511 reviews)

  • Long periods of time spent away from home during training or deployment (in 209 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army full-time

    Pros

    Travel, Leadership, personal growth, promotions

    Cons

    Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Honduras, Retirement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    High pay, very low job satisfaction working for an endless stream of yes men.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Army

    Pros

    Mission focused, service to country, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Promotion structure is less merit based and more subjective than you would think with such a large organization. Constant fire drills taking focus away from what is important toward what is not important. Ratings come from supervisors that are two levels removed, don't interact with you on a daily basis, and form their opinion on your abilities based on assessment from direct supervisors with a conflict of interest to blame their failures on you and take credit for all of your successes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time constantly changing what we do, how we do it, how we evaluate it, and look at trends in retention and job satisfaction as negative inputs on senior leaders instead of on the Soldiers who chose to leave as a result of their incompetent bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    COMSEC Manager at US Army

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Army E5 in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - US Army E5 in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Insurance, and steady pay. Holidays off

    Cons

    Pay scales between Enlisted/Officers are way off, as Enlisted are more knowledgeable, and end up more educated. Toxic leadership, and no change in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that we are all human

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    wasn't worth doing 20 years

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    job security, medical (for someone without a family), when there's time off, there's a lot

    Cons

    unpredictability, degrading benefits, worthless retirement package, missed holidays etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The Civilian Take. Great overseas experience, horrible employee management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intelligence Officer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Officer in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Army full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really be part of the front-lines of what is current on all the major current news channels. Have great travel and training opportunities. Federal benefits package is really great. Salary is great.

    Cons

    Have to travel with short notice. Lots of upper management issues - lack of transparency, unfairness in treatment of employees, mind games (psychological manipulation), if a civilian, will always have uniformed solider take precedence. No flexibility in work/outside interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take performance evaluations seriously and really examine own personal biases. Make take into account emotional leadership decisions. More respect for an employees desire for interests outside work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I have worked in 7 US states, Germany, Bosnia, and South Korea.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Intelligence Collector in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Human Intelligence Collector in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    We stay in shape and stay healthy. We get paid for doing something we would do habitually even if we weren't in the Army.

    Cons

    Separation from your loved ones, whether you are in the military or you're a family member, is one of the aspects of military life that can make or break a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop killing your own employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    US Army lies and does not serve the people anymore

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 88 Mike Truck Driver in Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - 88 Mike Truck Driver in Killeen, TX

    I worked at US Army full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun with Guns and meet new people. Specialized training. Guaranteed paycheck
    benefits are OK

    Cons

    Double Standards
    Put you years behind in career if you are an enlisted.
    Your ordered to replace uniforms at a cost greater then what you get for clothing allowance. Boots cost half your clothing allowance for the year, yet your ordered to replace more. As an enlisted soldier your stuck being more than your MOS your Grounds keeper and every bad detail known to man(Picking up other peoples cigarette butts when you don't smoke) . Officers think their crap don't stink and that they are better than you. You going to college while in is under company commander discretion and he or she will say no. They don't want you going into the Green to Gold program and becoming an officer to compete against. If your not the popular one you will be stuck on all bad details. Reverse Discrimination does occur in the Army if your the only white guy in your squad you will get screwed for promotion even if your the fastest runner and have better scores in everything you do. You cannot stand up for yourself or you will be subject to Article 15. You look at someone wrong it can be written up as sign of disrespect and subject to Article 15 lose of rank. You lose your freedom of speech. If someone want to hold you back all it takes is them losing your promotion packet. Army units were purposely losing soldiers medical records screwing them for applying for VA benefits after they got out. Dexheim, Germany in particular. Enlisted soldiers end up starting careers over behind everyone else, whereas an Officer continues there career when getting out right into management. 2 different Armys between Enlisted and being an Officer. Officers are setup for Success and decent pay whereas Enlisted come out in debt in most cases. Average Enlisted Soldier comes out of the Army with a minimum of 10,000 debt. You can't control the Unit you end up and most of them are crap. 4th Infantry Div was horrible. The Army covers up number of Deployments Soldier go on by restructuring Units. Dismantling them and remaking new ones with same soldiers causing same soldier to go on many deployments. If you have a family you need to sign off rights to your spouse so when things go south and you get divorce you get screwed. It's not family friendly by any aspect. The worst time of my life would not recommend anyone taking the risk. I was medically denied from Special Forces Assessment and Selection after over 4 years service for medical reasons. I was told I could not go to school, but I could get a second job. If you want to serve your country find another way. I worked ridiculous hours with no additional pay and you will do a vast amount of overtime without pay if your not the popular one. Army will not give time off to go to voting poll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better and treat everyone with respect as a human-beings should be. Take input from others and learn from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Get in move up and move out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Moffett Field, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Moffett Field, CA

    I have been working at US Army part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place for young adults to grab some discipline and skills.

    Cons

    Me myself and I's. No leaders to look up to no more,due to everybody walking on egg shells.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take away the gravy train (20yrs +) system so the E-1s / O-1s on up can make rank by Moving in, Moving up and finally moving out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Too Long

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    The Army has great benefits, but you have to take that with a grain of salt. Most of the medical personal that treat Soldiers are outcast from the civilian sector who could not get or lost their medical license, or became under investigation.

    Cons

    The promotion system is probably the worst in the world. It is probably the only organization in the world that you can be promoted to a senior level management position without being able to read or operate a computer. I am not being cynical, I have seen this several times in the military. If your physically fit and barely made it out of high school, this is the job for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Army

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Nothing, the worst organization to work for.

    Cons

    Everything, the organization is full of kids.

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