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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
482 Reviews

3.7
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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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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  1.  

    It is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    The Department of Defense (Army) have great salaries.

    Cons

    We need more mentors. Management needs to step up. Care more about employee growth and job satisfication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate more on the job training as well as professional training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The DoD is a great place to work.

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Federal cuts, pending lay-offs, furlough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep your employees first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Feel like a contributor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Ability to communicate and shape national defense policy
    Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders

    Cons

    Information is power, and some senior leaders hoard it.
    Senior leaders sometimes more focused on management rather than inspired leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to inspire!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience and building expertise

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

    Pros

    This job area has good growth opportunities

    Cons

    Pay, limited to scale and not performance based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, the DoD needs to create an incentive based performance structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Government Life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Fort Gordon, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fort Gordon, GA

    Pros

    Stability, Benefits, Discounts, Security Clearance, Flexibilty

    Cons

    lower pay compared to private industry
    Promotions
    Bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more personable with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Knowledge Operations Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    Pros

    Overall excellent experience. The culture of the workplace is very "we" oriented and attitudes are mission focused.

    Cons

    I found myself most qualified for positions however not most eligible "... time and grade..." is first reviewed as done so in most big bureaucratic systems operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much... Management was excellence. To continue to develop and encourage young employees to stay with the Federal Service

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Civilian medical worker

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Staff Nurse  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Clinical Staff Nurse in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    Great team to work with. I worked at the Troop Medical Clinic at Fort jackson, and I totally enjoyed with working with the troops, and providers. Health insurance is great!

    Cons

    Found that some of the co-workers there were dog-eat-dog. I was offered to take a course for Lean Sigma Six course and another person "took" the place in the class (they are not planning on attending college or actually using the certificate).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't like the current administration just wait a while, it will change.

    Recommends
  9.  

    It have been a great experience working of Marine Corps

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist  in  Mount Washing, OH
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist in Mount Washing, OH

    Pros

    Benefits and family leave program

    Cons

    Congress cut backs sometimes government shut down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great organization to work for

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

    Pros

    great job security not really any worries

    Cons

    frequent moves every three years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep people at one location longer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    On an intrinsic level, this career has been very satisfying, but on a tangible level there is much to be desired.

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

    Pros

    Pros are contributing to something (at times) that is greater than myself.

    Cons

    The decision makers in Congress will cut your retirement and benefits well before they will ever think about trimming their own "fat".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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