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Air Force Academy Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Awesome Opportunity - Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Instructor in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Air Force Academy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    While things are fairly structured in the way of curriculum for first- and second-year students, each instructor has flexibility with that curriculum and how they approach their teaching. There's little to no politics or office drama. Interacting with the cadets is one of the highlights of this job, and the Academy's well-known high rate of instructor availability for out-of-the-classroom instruction gives ample opportunity for such.

    Cons

    Not unlike any academic institution, I would imagine, the workload can be extensive to the point of taking many nights and weekends through the semester, largely in grading student work. Fortunately, in the Computer Science department, there is a concerted effort to structure classes so that is minimized as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    If you're not in the military or retired from the military, don't work here!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Air Force Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The campus is pretty.
    Some non-salary benefits (e.g., travel)

    Cons

    It's important to point out that there is a huge difference if you're working at USAFA as a civilian vs. if you're a member of the military.

    If you're a civilian:
    - be prepared to work 4-5 courses a semester while your military co-workers have 1-2.
    - you'll get half the salary of your military co-workers, and you won't get the same housing benefits etc.
    - you have to stay all day long, while your co-workers come and go as they please.
    - you work with co-workers who are not qualified for the job, and -- despite you being actually qualified for the job -- they won't listen to your ideas, even to the detriment of the students.
    - you'll observe other civilian employees getting unfairly punished for things (workplace bullying)

    Bottom line from my perspective was a complete disregard for human dignity. There was a total mistreatment of anyone who is not currently (or was not previously) a member of the armed forces.

    If you're a civilian contemplating working at USAFA, be prepared for disparate treatment, pay, hours, and workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't listen anyway, so, no.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Challenging yet very rewarding

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    Former Employee - Cadet At USAFA  in  USAF Academy, CO
    Former Employee - Cadet At USAFA in USAF Academy, CO

    I worked at Air Force Academy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The community and people you work with truly are the best in the world. They work to help and train the best leaders in the world.

    Cons

    There can be a large time committment but it is very much worth it.

    Recommends
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    Abusive environment, no room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Service Worker Mitchell Hall  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Service Worker Mitchell Hall in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Air Force Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are no pros to this position. It is stressful, abusive, employees are under paid, overworked, and the environment causes hate among the employees.

    Cons

    Mitchell hall supervisors are ignorant, abusive, and do not understand work life balance. Job is number 1! The employee is just a "body" to fill the job. No respect is given but they expect it from you. This job will ruin your health and your home life.STAY AWAY!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the employees and you will witness a better employee!

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Outstanding, creative work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Air Force Academy

    Pros

    The Center is a unique organization focused on providing engagning opportunities for folks to develop and pursue a life of living honorably. Individuals are encouraged to work together and develop cross-sectional opportunities sharing resources and integrating programs. The focus of individuals is on the outcomes and opportunities provided to others, not on personal benefit.

    Cons

    Program ownership can get in the way of integrating and updating program curriculum.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Understand the mission...

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Air Force Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Workout Facilities, Cycling Trails, Jogging Trails, Best Daycare in DOD

    Cons

    Extreme work hours, Mission focused management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the complaints / suggestions of your average employees especially those below GS 09.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Commander  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Commander in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Air Force Academy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location, great mission, fantastic people

    Cons

    Unique culture to learn and adapt to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher rotation into operational Air Force

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    More people should care about the missions...which are the cadets!

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    Current Employee - Action Officer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Action Officer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Air Force Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Military benefits, work with some of the finest young men and women in the country--best and brightest is evident at USAFA!

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of strategic vision for organization, senior leadership is more worried about congressional ramifications than doing what is right...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership is more worried about congressional ramifications than doing what is right...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good atmosphere, great colleagues, fun working with cadets...

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Air Force Academy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues--all energized to teach and research with cadets. Fantastic teaching environment focused on delivering the best possible education. Good interdisciplinary collaboration, esp in the sciences and engineering. Good integration of research into undergrad educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic requirements that come with the Air Force: endless mandatory training and forcing support functions down to the end user (travel, etc.) as budgets are cut. Heavy teaching and additional duty workload cuts into oppportunities for faculty research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your faculty and stay focused on the educational mission. Protect and encourage opportunities for faculty research to ensure faculty stay current in their discipline and stay relevant for the cadets.

    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do moral rights exist?

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    Former Employee - Assistant of child care center  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant of child care center in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Air Force Academy

    Pros

    I like to do caring for the children, playing with the children and concentrating on child development and learning. With the children, we are required to provide a stimulating and safe environment, change their nappies, feed them, keep them clean, and follow their sleep routines. I love working with little angels.

    Cons

    Workplace bullying,Unfair Appraisal,Employees don't last (HR has those numbers),Yelling at the Employees,friends of friends are promoted, you need to fit in that group to advance your careers, this is a joke the way managers treat you and If you have the right education or training you may be well positioned for ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR must begin this transformation by understanding the employee's direction, why they keep quitting! Investigate the Management with the proper agency as EEO, HR,...

    Doesn't Recommend

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