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Air Force Civilian Service Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Government work, just o.k.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Air Force Civilian Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Predictability in knowing the organization will likely be around for a 3-5 year period minimum helps create a sense of stability.

    Cons

    Low creative opportunities do not offer employees incentives for solution sets, only incentive is complying with laws and regulations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Civil Service Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Air Force Civilian Service full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for professionals, working with mostly good, hardworking people trying to do the right thing by accomplishing mission goals. Some employee benefits are good such as time off for annual or sick leave.

    Cons

    There used to be a civilian career track to get promoted, for example if you were mobile and willing to work in remote parts of the country/out of the country for several years at a time, and you were serious about your work, you could move up and get regularly promoted. Now, all of these higher paying civil service jobs are handed to retired military officers who are friends with the hiring managers. The Officers, while good people with similar skills, were not were not groomed to do the jobs in the same manner. They were on their own track and were able to retire after 20 years with full benefits.
    Not all of the benefits are good - for example, I pay more (over $10K/year) for health insurance benefits that are less inclusive than friends/family get in the private sector.
    We are the scapegoats for the haters in Congress that instituted the same programs that they say are wasteful!
    Morale is at an all time low because hard working middle-class people like myself are losing pay (no raise in three years and higher cost of insurance/taxes) and vilified for doing our jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Good Mission but Frustrating Large Military Led Bureaucracy

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

    I have been working at Air Force Civilian Service

    Pros

    Depending on your job series you can work on cutting edge technology programs, most positions have decent stability but there are RIFs and program shutdowns to deal with. Large bases may be able to absorb these reductions but smaller organization may have layoffs (RIFs). Pay for non-tech jobs is good. Retirement/Pension plan if you can stick around long enough in addition to a '401K' type of savings plan with some matching contributions. Good health care options but the plans are not cheap. Contrary to the public perception, the vast majority of USAF/Gov't personnel are hardworking and dedicated to their jobs and mission. The mission can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Most Civil Service jobs in the USAF are working for Military leaders. The vast majority of leadership positions go to Military, often inexperienced and focused mostly on their career and promotion potential. They also don't stay long so the organization tends to focus on near term successes and lack long term goals. Civilians are often looked upon as second class citizens. The pay system is fairly antiquated with pay set by grade and time-in-grade not by skills. High tech skills may be underpaid compared to industry counterparts. Civilians are often the 'grey beards' in the organization and often have far greater job skills and knowledge than their military counterparts but struggle to compete. Military leaders attention are focused on junior military officers/enlisted who take far more effort to manage and lead than civilians. Civilian promotion opportunities are limited but available if you are mobile. Innovation is stagnant in most Government service. Laws and Regulations are massive and set at the highest levels in the government, most of the organizations efforts are consumed with maintaining compliance with these overbearing rules and regulations even if they are wasteful. Military leaders are more focused on promotion than 'rocking the boat' to try to implement positive change. This stagnant environment can lead to frustration as the organization knows it often wastes effort but is powerless to do anything about it. Public perception and especially elected leaders tend to bash government employees for wasting money. In fact most of these wasteful practices are directly attributed to Congress and not the Civil Servants that are required by law to execute the programs that Congress passes. No pay raises for the last 4 years, recently a 1% pay raise is the first time since 2010. Once you have several years vested in the system it is does not make financial sense to leave; you may find yourself 'stuck' to maintain your long term financial benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is hard to break into the senior civil service ranks. You often find yourself competing with retiring (20 year+) military who use the 'good old boy' system to land a civil service job. There is some effort to curb this practice but the damage has been done for years. Make no mistake, this is a military organization, civilians are often looked at a second class of employee. The intense competition in the military ranks for promotion tends to drive the work tempo of the organization. Civil Servants need to manage their own careers since the military have en entirely different personnel system and most military, even if they are in charge of you, do not know how to manage civilians. Keep up with your won education and training and look for your own job opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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