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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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3.8 464 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(69 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance(in 21 reviews)

  • Great job security working with the federal Government(in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • 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)

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

    Recreation Specialist (Current Employee) White Sands Missile Range, NM

    ProsPlenty of annual leave and federal holidays.

    ConsHiring 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 Senior ManagementHire people based on their qualifications so as to maximize potential.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    DOD behind on technology and behind on pay and benefits.

    Computer Scientist (Current Employee) Fredericksburg, VA

    ProsTelework, leave and credit hours.

    ConsLeadership is top heavy, promotions are slow, bonuses are far a hard to get.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about people more get involved with the little guy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Top heavy management, culture of intimidation, a lot of cronyism and favoritism

    Program Management (Current Employee) Fort Detrick, MD

    Prosbenefits include teleworking, alternate work sched

    Consno room for growth, leadership/management can't be trusted, underperformers and bullies get rewarded

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove morale, develop employees, retain good workers and stop rewarding your cronies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Mission; Suffocating bureucracy

    Manager (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    Pros- Defending 'murica from all enemies: foreign and domestic.
    - Working in the Pentagon.
    - Deploying to war zones to serve on the (sort of) front lines.

    Cons- Suffocating bureaucracy that stifles creativity, rewards complacency, and leads nowhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many senior managers - in quantity and mediocre quality - that are making things run slower, poorer, and purging the department of top talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fantastic opportunity to support the military.

    Operations Research Analyst (Current Employee) Suffolk, VA

    ProsGood pay and benefits. I work with the most talented and experienced group of professionals I have ever had the opportunity to associate with.

    ConsToo bureaucratic. Too much reliance on military active duty to fill leadership positions in jobs that government civilians have considerably more expertise. No promotion opportunity due to budget considerations. Too much organizational change to be effective.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lacks Strong Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany diverse areas to work in within the organization and located globally.

    ConsSevere lack of leadership and too much political games leaves the Department's employees without direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide strategic direction, support your employees, stop putting politics over the mission.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long but rewarding hours

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsYou are at the center of where decisions are made in the defense of the nation. Your work supports the key decision makers.

    ConsEndless, meaningless, mind numbing bureaucracy. Decisions often made based on personalities or politics not data. Mid-level workers tend to throw obstacles in the way rather than clearing a path for decisions. More concern over correct spelling rather than making timely decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many people can say no, not enough can say yes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A decent job.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat PTO package and Benefits

    ConsVery long hours and work never changes

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    Great value for time and money but advancement based on years of service and very hard to learn

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of time off, little chance of being fired, very little work to go around, undeserved pension, education reimbursement

    ConsBureaucratic, little chance to be challenged to learn, tons of training that is useless

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo work instead of just scheduling meetings to talk about work

     

    too much down time, not fully utilizing my skills

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgym time, telework, travel, holidays

    Conspoor salary, furloughs, budget cuts

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