Air Force Academy
3.3 of 5 11 reviews
www.usafa.af.mil USAF Academy, CO

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Updated Jun 22, 2014

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    Awesome Opportunity - Great Experience

    Instructor (Current Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsWhile 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.

    ConsNot 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging yet very rewarding

    Cadet At USAFA (Former Employee)
    USAF Academy, CO

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Abusive environment, no room for advancement

    Service Worker Mitchell Hall (Former Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

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

    ConsMitchell 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 Senior ManagementRespect the employees and you will witness a better employee!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Outstanding, creative work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Understand the mission...

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

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

    ConsExtreme work hours, Mission focused management

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the complaints / suggestions of your average employees especially those below GS 09.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Commander (Former Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsGreat location, great mission, fantastic people

    ConsUnique culture to learn and adapt to

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigher rotation into operational Air Force

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Action Officer (Current Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Associate Professor (Current Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsBureaucratic 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 Senior ManagementSupport 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.

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    Do moral rights exist?

    Assistant of child care center (Former Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsI 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Can't wait for my next assignment!

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsNationally recognized institution that caters the product (cadets/officers) to their employer (U.S. Air Force) like no one else can. The academy's grounds are beautiful, easily rivaling other majestic environments.

    ConsInfrastructure is crumbling. Information technology is horrible and outdated (why doesn't wi-fi ever work?). Draconian security demands that are not in-line with the nature of the institution. Cadets have 24/7 access to faculty and are coddled beyond what is expected at top-tier schools. Overworked professors have no time or money for research or professional development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHalt the learning-focused education experiment. Fix multidisplinary programs that are not owned by a department. Allow ISPs for cadet dorms. Stop OD/DP duties. Fully-man faculty positions to allow professors to conduct research (vs. teaching 4 sections of core). Call a halt to deployments for senior faculty that don't help USAFA or the operational Air Force. Working us harder without recognition or professional growth opportunities makes us resent the service and senior leadership and we pass this along to the cadets every day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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