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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
493 Reviews

3.7
493 Reviews
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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.  

    Serve your country in a fast-paced environment which will provide you experience like no other employer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Classified  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Classified in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience. New and emerging technology. Travel all over the world. Get to see new and cool ideas come to fruition.

    Cons

    It can be very stressful at times. Politics suck. That is about it really. Nothing else to add for this section.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Well Done

    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

    Flex Schedule, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    none except it can be a good-ole-boy system.

  3.  

    Tons of Opportunity to Contribute!

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

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The DoD has numerous organizations performing critical defense functions. The DoD leadership and culture encourage employees to grow and learn. It fosters and enables moving into more senior positions over time. Excellent employees generally advance more quickly than the mediocre.

    Cons

    It is the worlds largest bureaucracy. Sometimes that creates frustratingly slow decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your job is to Inspire, motivate, and train the employees and then support their efforts to get their jobs done!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    awesome

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    very nice, cool people, free cookies

    Cons

    i like it alot, people are nice

  6.  

    Great place to work, secure and great benefits

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

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    This was a great place to work

    Cons

    There are lots of young interns coming in with the entitlement syndrome.

  7.  

    Government Quality Assurance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Houston, TX

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    No fear of Lay-offs, or terminations.

    Cons

    People rely on you to accept reliable products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits were very good,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, it's been a wonderful 30 year experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst  in  Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding, pay is good, good promotion opportunities in other agencies.

    Cons

    Yes, one of the biggest downsides is when the government furloughed. That was something that no employee wants to face.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My experience here have been both challenging and satifying, knowing that I am making a diffierence to the war fighter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work environment, potential growth, benefits, work culture, work related traing and travel

    Cons

    Salary, Traffic, Office work can get redundant and dry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    One of the best retirement packages available.

    Cons

    Possible long hours and extended travel.

  11.  

    The experience was a life changing and positively progressive period of life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Healthcare Specialist  in  South Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Healthcare Specialist in South Chicago, IL

    I worked at US Department of Defense part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Money, Benefits, Helps Build a Resume, Room for advancement, Opportunity to better one's health. There are many benefits to joining the military including education benefits. It will convert someone that has not achieved much in life and turn them into a great achiever if that person is willing to apply themselves.

    Cons

    The job is not for everybody. It takes an individual that can listen to and follow orders on the fly. The individual will even have to follow orders that one may not agree with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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