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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
505 Reviews
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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 22 reviews)

  • Great job security working with the federal Government (in 46 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Personnel management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Secruity, see the world, protect our country

    Cons

    Not many to mention at all

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Large working teams means lots of bureaucracy and long lead times to get most things accomplished.

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    Current Employee - General Engineer  in  Rock Island, IL
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Rock Island, IL

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of resources that can broaden your skillset and a wide, diverse group of people to work with. Lots of training is available, however not all is as relevant as may be desired.

    Cons

    Many bureaucratic hoops to jump through to accomplish seemingly simple tasks. Benefits aren't as good as what was offered for previous generations of the workforce. Travel tends to be sporadic and oftentimes to the same locations.

  3.  

    Won't find this mission anywhere else

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Get to work on a wide variety of projects that you can not do anywhere else.

    Cons

    Antiquated I.T., can be hard to entice others to adopt new trends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The world around us is changing culturall in the U.S. and that includes expected job perks and must-haves. If the DoD does not adapt it will be out competed for talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Inventory Management Specialist

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    Current Employee - Inventory Management Specialist  in  Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Inventory Management Specialist in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Supporting the war fighters, seeing how my actions/work can effect the military members out in the field.

    Cons

    limited to move up for promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very positive stable career.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Meeting new military members on a daily basis. Service members are very thankful for the support civilians provide. Rewarding career.

    Cons

    Technology appears to be behind the times and is a constant budget concern. Paperwork is endless at times. Takes up a lot on the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the paperwork burden.

  7.  

    Very satisfying work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    People, work satisfaction, chance to contribute and do meaningful work. Many chances for leadership and an emphasis on training and professional development.

    Cons

    Difficult to get into, trend towards hiring from within. Resource constraints and the occasional threat of a furlough sometimes stunt organizational and individual growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Management Analyst  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  9.  

    The DoD is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  10.  

    Feel like a contributor

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    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - OSD Press Officer in Washington, DC

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

    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
  11.  

    Great experience and building expertise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    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

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