US Department of Defense Reviews
Great job security working with the federal Government(in 45 reviews)
There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance(in 20 reviews)
Requires long hours, time away from your family and lack of upward mobility(in 28 reviews)
Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok(in 17 reviews)
“I am an administrative assistant and would not recommend working in the DC region as a GS employee.”
Pros – There ament any pros. As GS civilians we haven't had a raise since the current administration has been in office. We have at times lost 20% of our pay. Our civilian leadership is terrible on every level.
Cons – Very much an environment of it's all in who you know. I was transferred to the building I work in due to a BRAC. Leadership is extremely bias in favor of the people who have been around. It is a high school bully atmosphere. Now before my transfer I didn't have any problems and would have recommended working for the government. However now I never would.
Advice to Senior Management – Clear out current civilian leadership. Give outsiders a chance based off their skills. Leave the gossip out of decision making.
Pros – Working to provide for the needs of service members provides a lot of intrinsic rewards.
Cons – You have 300 million bosses who lay you off when they feel it is politically expedient. People will hate you because you work for the government, then hate you even more if anyone threatens the services you provide. Everyone will talk about how you are overpaid, while your peers rake in 30-50% more in salary and benefits than you.
Advice to Senior Management – To Congress, start making workforce management decisions based on what will make the federal government a rewarding, productive place to work, rather than what gets you brownie points with your voters.
– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – - Job security
- Pay and benefits are nice but on the decline due to budget cuts
Cons – - Tough to get anything done because there are so many levels of approval
Advice to Senior Management – - Stop hiring from within as much as possible; just perpetuates the cycle
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – State-of-the-Art media technology and studios for print and broadcast
Headquarters facility brand new, large building, impressive architecture
Diverse workforce of service-members from all branches, DOD employees, and contractors
Fast food café offers convenience, large menu, fresh coffee
Ft. Meade facilities and morale activities
Proximity to Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis
Cons – No emphasis on product quality and customer service/satisfaction
Poorly administered, mid-level managers' input unsolicited, leads to terrible decision-making
Lack of care for employees, ultra-bureaucratic, non-transparent, cold
Long-term viability of defense media/military journalism doubtful; funding cuts, RIFs more than likely
Advice to Senior Management – You are leading the Defense Media Activity, consult with your MEDIA experts. You have handed decision-making to HR pros. They are great at HR, not so much with media.
When an organization's leadership makes uninformed decisions on major issues, due to not actually seeking information, it is hard to feel confident in its direction.
Setting aside those observations, Stars & Stripes, TPC, and other products will be history soon. Its hard to see a purpose for a Defense Media Activity without defense media.
“Not happy working here. Poor management, lack of emphasis on promoting and retaining talent, not developing new skills.”
Pros – Fair salary, good work/life balance (reasonable hours), good benefits.
Cons – Lack of incentives. Incredibly poor management in my department. Many of my co-workers have poor work ethic. The most talented workers are not utilized, and typically move on to other opportunities (as I am trying to do now). Morale is poor overall, lack of creative thinking and organization. Office is not fully utilized. Too much emphasis on veteran's preference, which should be only a tie-breaker, but in reality counts for much more.
Advice to Senior Management – Recognize and promote talent, fully utilize your workers. Create incentives, sack inefficient workers and properly reward good ones. Political appointees and former vets/current military personnel wield too much power, are too often promoted or given higher visibility work than career or term civilian personnel.
Pros – Plenty of time off, medical cost's reasonable
Cons – WG employee's treated like dirt, little or no chance to promote, even with a B.S. degree!
Advice to Senior Management – STICK AN ICE PICK IN YOUR HEAD AND WAKE UP! Quit hiring your friends, nepotism is demoralizing.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
“Very disappointing. They run 1/4 of the employees into the ground,, the other 3/4's sit all day and collect a paycheck.”
Pros – The hours are good, benefits and retirement.
Cons – Brown nosers that move up. They are unqualified and everybody suffers for it.
Advice to Senior Management – Management doesn't take feedback or advice. They are moving up and could care less about the employees or the mission.
Pros – Challenging environment: largest, most complex, unstructured systems and fragile infrastructures.
Cons – Old generation of IT management layers and political appointees; textbook repeaters, ... etc.
Advice to Senior Management – Retire. Make room for next generation.
Pros – Better pay than other area positions but ultimately not worth the paycheck
Cons – As a civilian working directly under military and exclusively for military and their dependents, treatment of the civilian workforce was abysmal. It was even lower for contract employees. The rigid hierarchy and poor treatment was something I was completely unprepared to contend with.
In the contract position the hourly pay was good but the so-called benefits were pathetic and overpriced. It allow the contracting entity to tout being a job with benefits when in reality most contractors could not afford the coverage.
Civilians were excluded from the staff meetings where issues of concern were hashed out. Decisions were handed down as mandates from "superiors" who had little concept of the problem and were sadly misguided in their imposed "solutions."
Often they made the situations worse and the system created resentment amongst the workers.
Advice to Senior Management – Don't jump to conclusions about situations. Treat your workers as grown-ups and include them in the problem-solving process. Greet civilians in the same friendly manner you use to interact with your military workers. Include contracted civilians to the same degree when there are unit-wide events and rewards. Praise and being friendly would go a long way to take some of the hostility and resentment out of the hearts of civilians who are giving so much of themselves to do a good job. Remember, YOU enlisted. I did not. Don't be such a dictator or such a jerk to us and then sit in your office laughing and BS-ing with military personnel who aren't working nearly as hard as the civilians. Don't believe everything your military underlings report about us. They are more than willing to throw a civilian under the bus to make themselves look better in your eyes. They lie. We pay the price.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – - Good job security
- Good benefits
- Excellent travel ops
Cons – - Working with government employees was one of the most eye opening and discouraging experience I have ever had. Coming from the private sector, I could only make it about 6 months before I had to leave. It takes a certain kind of person that enjoys that sort of environment.
Advice to Senior Management – Serious house cleaning is needed.