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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 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.  

    Ok, not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Salary is good, lots of travel opportunites

    Cons

    Micromanagement is bad and sever from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging and let employees be profesionals

  2.  

    Defense Media Activity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Section Manager in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Section Manager in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Comprehensive benefits for federal employees,
    -Flex schedule offers one day off every other week,
    -Located between DC and Baltimore,
    -New building

    Defense Media Activity is a media organization that produces audio, audiovisual, print, photography and graphics products for an internal DOD audience. DMA employs military personnel, federal employees and federal contractors.

    Cons

    -Everything moves at a turtle's pace,
    -Politics and territoriality thwart progress and innovation,
    -Shaky future with shrinking budget,
    -Lack of cohesive vision and teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Enable, promote, sustain and reward innovation,
    -Shake it up, things are clogged in the middle,
    -Workforce is bored; create big projects,
    -Turn off the lights! The whole building is lit 24/7

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    You'll only do well if you're one of the favorites.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Clerk
    Current Employee - Medical Clerk

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and potential job security, depending on who you are.

    Cons

    Hard work means nothing. People around you will hardly do anything and they will receive raises and be codled. Management can change fairly constantly since you will work with military. Can sometimes be good, but when you have issues, the management changes before anything is taken care of and the new boss may not care or agree with your issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone fairly. Give those employees who do work harder more praise and opportunities and listen to their issues. Those that don't work or are lazy or abuse the system should not be granted continued employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Dead end, overrated

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

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Steady income, decent benefits, consistent

    Cons

    No room for growth, stagnant work envirnment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Test Administrator

    Former Employee - Test Administrator in North Riverside, IL
    Former Employee - Test Administrator in North Riverside, IL

    I worked at US Department of Defense (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Scheduling was intermittent which left opportunity for another job to be considered.

    Cons

    The schedule was intermittent and the field officer had an older crony(75) whom would tell her all the wrong information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    considering observing test administrators instead of listening to hearsay.

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

    Senior Cyber Analyst

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

    I worked at US Department of Defense (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting tasks, support your country, sometimes high-level responsibilities.

    Cons

    Wasted skill sets of many individuals, lack true leadership in many organizations as well as they change too frequently to be an effective and efficient organization;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select best qualified individuals for the job not just friends, political affiliation, learn to properly led and correct the deficiencies of the organization vice be so concerned advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Changing climate on Fort Sill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk in Fort Sill, OK
    Former Employee - Clerk in Fort Sill, OK

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Promotions were slow but normal with the government. The job great. I Loved working there but I needed to finish school. Just the change in the government climate is what made it so difficult to keep up with.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge was the changing climate in the workforce and the Army as a whole.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Used to be great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Section Chief, Network Security in San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Section Chief, Network Security in San Angelo, TX

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

    Pros

    Highly structured, clear expectations, higher sense of purpose/accomplishment

    Cons

    Job security, constant budget cuts, no training, too many "additional duties" and "ancillary training requirements", have generally done a poor job integrating the military/civilian workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Every year we hear about how we have to reduce our budget to save money (resulting in tech refresh or training dollars being cut), yet every year we still see an orgy of spending come August/September of money we "have to spend" so it doesn't get taken out of our budget next year... and usually it is being spent last minute on stuff we really don't need. We've also gotten past the part where we can "do more with less". Senior leaders really need to do a better job of prioritizing work and eliminating the tasks that aren't that important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    3+ year civilian experience and 5+ years military experience in the Army healthcare system.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Psychology Technician in Fort Campbell, KY
    Current Employee - Psychology Technician in Fort Campbell, KY

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

    Pros

    The job has job sercurity, for the most part. You know that your job is going to remain, it is very difficult to get terminated (thanks to labor unions), salary will increase to some extent over time, and paid time off is inevitable on all federal holidays.

    Cons

    This is a thankless organization, which does not value its civilian workplace. We were furloughed last year with very little support from the installation. Military leadership could be better trained in lean strategies and human resources. There is a clear divide between military and civilians. This feels like a dead end job in which nobody is concerned with your personal growth or success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment could and should be more aware of leadership techniques outside of what is used to deal with soldiers. Civilians are a valuable resource, and are treated as numbers rather than assets to the organization. Morale and office culture are poor all over the organizations, and manamgement does more to avoid it than to address it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Too much incompetence, politics and lack of control over your own job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recreation Specialist in White Sands Missile Range, NM
    Current Employee - Recreation Specialist in White Sands Missile Range, NM

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

    Pros

    Plenty of annual leave and federal holidays.

    Cons

    Hiring process is extremely flawed. Folks who are highly qualified are passed over for spouses, veterans, retirees, etc. with poor qualifications. As a result, there is poor production, inefficiency and, as a result, a negative work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people based on their qualifications so as to maximize potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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