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Not for everyone, but the best organization I've ever worked for.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Career Opportunities - The breadth of jobs is unlike what you will find in any corporations, and you will have opportunities to switch careers multiple times in your career. Career development and progression is straightforward and mainly only limited by your own ambition and performance.
Compensation & Benefits - You probably won't get rich, but when you add in all the benefits it's comparable or in many cases better than the civilian world.
Work/Life Balance - Uniformed service is a 24/7 way of life. Which means there is a heavy focus on holistic support for you and your family.
Senior Management - Everyone pretty much starts at the same place, so you know your leaders have been in your shoes. They tend to be truly exceptional people who have risen to the top at every point in their career.
Culture & Values - "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do" it's a simple ethos that is applied at every level and in every situation.

Cons

Career Opportunities - You need to start working towards your career goals from day one, because you are constantly compared to your peers and once you fall behind them your opportunities for advancement will begin to dwindle and you can't catch up or start over.
Compensation & Benefits - The Air Force is downsizing and budgets are getting slashed. Like most organizations payroll & benefits are prime cost cutting targets.
Work/Life Balance - An AF career is a big commitment. You have little control over your schedule, location, combat, risky jobs, etc., and you will constantly have to make choices between the AF and your personal life. Serving your country is very rewarding, but you need to make sure you have a life to go back to at the end of the day and after your career ends.
Senior Management - Military leadership will always be subordinate to politically appointed leaders and handcuffed by federal processes and regulations. That's part of what makes the US a democracy, but can also be a handcuff.
Culture & Values - "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do" it's a simple ethos, but can be misapplied. If you always put service first you will burn people out. If you push for perfection as opposed to excellence you will create unattainable expectations and temptation to sacrifice integrity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

With today's budget environment, the flattening of the global environment, and rapidly advancing adversaries the AF will have to change. The organization, application, and critical thinking of our modern AF is still steeped in traditions bred from ground infantries centuries ago. Have the courage to radically shake it up. It will hurt. We won't enjoy it. It probably won't work the first time or the second or the third, but it will make us better and more adaptable.

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  1. Air Force has been wonderful, treats you good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    steady paycheck, benefits are good, core values are of high priority. co-works can be great, good way to ensure stable income in the house

    Cons

    Deploy at times and away from family, extended periods of deployments, 6 months or longer. depending on the job, you could deploy every 6 months.

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  2. Great mission; harsh personnel management

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    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work and great people

    Cons

    Big organization with challenges in personal responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to put a more personal face on the manning processes

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