US Department of Defense Reviews

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  1. Great leadership development experiences

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Opportunity to grow professionally

    Cons

    Narrow scope for talent development

    Advice to Management

    Revamp talent development strategy

  2. Working with weapon system program offices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with other divisions/offices and their pesonnel

    Cons

    Poor leadership/management within the Intelligence Divsion

    Advice to Management

    Don't be rigid

  3. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and work life balance.

    Cons

    There's too much politics in this organization.

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  5. I am currently chief logistics management analyst. I provide for the care and feeding of personnel worldwide.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Dependable pay and great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Too large and cumbersome to create significant change. Too bug down by cumbersome policy.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of antiquated policy and empower people to excel.

  6. 8 years as a Team Leader.

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Fayetteville, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent amount of predictibality. Deployments are tough on families, but DoD is increasing training focused on resiliency for families.

    Cons

    Deployments and time away from family is tough. Over emphasis on time in service vice the best person for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reduce promotion rates in order to retain only the most qualified. Determine additional incentives to increase competition amongst service members.

  7. challenges

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Fort Meade, MD

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with many dedicated people. Often, lot of leeway given for longer lunch periods for physical exercise. Opportunity to work on different projects.

    Cons

    Lack of long term strategy. Frequent change in military leadership, often translating in to frequent change in organizational structure and direction. A lot of waste.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to apply financial discipline. Think as a tax payer. Develop long term strategy. Hire more wisely. Learn to work together.

  8. Career opportunites in the military

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Great opporturity to serve and retire in 20 yrs

    Cons

    Subject to worldwide assignment to remote areas.

  9. Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, huge budget, different projects

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of mobility, a lot of red tape

    Advice to Management

    hire som non-vets

  10. Great company

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    Current Employee - Equipment Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Equipment Specialist in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick leave

    Cons

    No growth potential, stagnant growth

    Advice to Management

    Praise in public, admonish behind closed doors

  11. I worked for NAVFAC - The Navy's Facilities & Engineering branch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some great people; smart, hard-working, easy to get along with. You get to work on military bases and contribute to defending the country. Great construction projects to work on, and usually good contractors. Work-life balance is great. You get 2 to 4 weeks off per year, and no one gives you a hard time about taking it. There are some great supervisors and managers. If you can handle the cons, it's a secure job with great pay and benefits (medical, dental, 401k).

    Cons

    If you are a white, male, licensed engineer - you're golden. If you are female and/or just a tech - you don't get much respect. There's little to no opportunity for advancement: there is one rank/pay grade for engineers and one for techs. You come in at that level and there's nowhere to go. Navy officers command (manage) every branch (with civilian engineers as managers. There's a strong military 'chain-of-command' element which means info flows down well, but not up.

    Advice to Management

    Get out to the field offices more often, and talk regularly with people at all levels. They need training, support, and communication. Hire experienced techs and engineers to be contract specialists so they understand the projects, technology, and lingo. Try harder to bring the climate for women up to the times.

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