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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 27 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Often long hours required even as a civilian employee; Military culture dominates (in 29 reviews)

  • Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    US Military

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Cherry Point, NC
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Cherry Point, NC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendships, SOME travel, professional and personal skills

    Cons

    No time for school, terrible pay for all the hours worked. Over worked, over stressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I have had a wide range of supply chain experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Technician in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Supply Technician in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The TSP program is very good. See different places and meet many people

    Cons

    I would have to say I haven't had any raise or bonus in 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a cost of living raise every year. We aren't the individuals getting these million dollar bonus's. We are barely making a living during these times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    DOD security.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good medical insurance. Overtime every day. Live and work in hawaii.

    Cons

    Bosses do not take care of the workers. Forced Overtime. Military people think civilan workers fall under the military. Don't work in Hawaii. It sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the workers. Remember, the workers make you look good

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  5.  

    Go to school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Traveling the world, steady income, benefits such as housing , food allowance, clothing allowance, medical, TSP, and retirement in 20 years.

    Cons

    Salary for what can be 100+ hours per week, no one gets rich, under contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make conflict resolution mandatory training. Create a human resources so that rules are equal for all employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Eyes wide shut

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

    I worked at US Department of Defense as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outstanding salary, with upgrades to war zone service.

    Cons

    Was injured at work, before attaining the magic permanent status. In addition, I left a high paying position with a contractor, based on DOD need and promises. As soon as I was headed overseas, after my office fought for over 6 months to get me for specific skills, the higher ups cancelled the position and would have sent me home jobless, but I was hurt about a month before the cancellation was announced. Uncle Sam does NOT follow the Worker's Comp rules they make everyone else follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Clear out current civilian leadership. Give outsiders a chance based off their skills. Leave the gossip out of decision making.

  8.  

    Helping people used to make this job worth it. Not any more.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Tough to sift through the bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 8 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - Stop hiring from within as much as possible; just perpetuates the cycle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Long term outlook not positive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Media in Fort Meade, MD

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Not happy working here. Poor management, lack of emphasis on promoting and retaining talent, not developing new skills.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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