California National Guard

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California National Guard Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
21 Reviews
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21 Reviews
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California National Guard Brigadier General David S. Baldwin
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  1.  

    National Guard 88M

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    Current Employee - Sgt 88M in Moreno Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Sgt 88M in Moreno Valley, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being part of a true team. Life long friendships that can not be made any other way. Great training for most people and lots of hands on. Having the ability to serve on both the State and Federal level is a plus.

    Cons

    Being a part time Soldier does not always fit into normal every day life. Some weekends your family is forced to do things without you and you miss out. Weekends are rarely ever just two days. A monthly drill can be up to five days so making adjustments for normal life can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to give plenty of notice of when drill dates are. Things change, but Soldiers are people and have lives at home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    National Defense - no more noble a cause

    Cons

    None - all are volunteers committed to the Army Values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great plan to pay for school if fasfa doesn't help

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    Current Employee - 74d CBRN Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - 74d CBRN Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great option if you want to work and focus mainly on your education whether it be high school, college or a vocational school.

    Cons

    You won't make much at first, especially because you work part-time (2 days per month on the weekend). The higher the rank, the higher the pay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Extremely satisfying and challenging.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Glendale, CA

    I worked at California National Guard part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good training, world experiences and management skills learned.

    Cons

    Potentially, adverse living conditions and situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded to new opportunities. Be dedicated to your job and country. Remember that the National Guard is U.S. Army, but most importantly, it helps the community you live in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Follow the yellow brick road

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Los Alamitos, CA
    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Los Alamitos, CA

    I worked at California National Guard part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people wonder opportunities to train

    Cons

    Some of the upper management operate somewhere between Darth Vader and Tony Montana.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop flagging soldiers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity

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

    I have been working at California National Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome work experience, great coworkers unique experience that prepare you for any career. I am pround to be a member of this organization

    Cons

    It can be hard on your family but often they are supportive. This will not make you money rich but experiences tyat can not be duplicated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ok experience

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    Current Employee - Infantry in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Infantry in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits of Tuition Assistance for college.
    Weekend warrior if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Cannot expect the standard from active army.
    Not much of productive time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some NCOs need more motivation to set strict standard overall.

    PT, Conduct classes on equipments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    It's a huge organization so it'll completely depend on your unit.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California National Guard

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are great!

    Cons

    Depending on your personality the military culture may not fit.

  10.  

    Great experience for the young!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medic
    Current Employee - Medic

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -options for junior leaders to take charge
    -military benefits
    -on base privileges

    Cons

    -promotions impacted for high volume MOS
    -not flexible with civilian culture
    -hurry up and wait

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best job I ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA

    I worked at California National Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You had challenges every day. It is expected that your superiors train you to take their job just as you are to train your subordinates to take your job.

    Cons

    It is almost expected that there will be a communication breakdown somewhere along the line. Once in awhile you have to travel to some not so pleasant areas of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train like you mean it. Stop going through the motions just to meat the standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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