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Heavily process oriented but at least it's well documented

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Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  Oklahoma City, OK
Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

Pros

Contractors and other DoD employees will bend over backwards to work with you and get what you need (so long as you have some face time with them).

Cons

With so many faces in the crowd it's hard to stand out. Also rank is highly correlated with time in service--if you're a new guy, you're just a new guy no matter how much you excel.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep an eye out for real talent and keep in mind that while it's hard to find good talent it's even harder to find someone that can spot it! So if you see someone that can harvest talent from the applicant pool and make use of it put that person in a place they can hire folks as soon as possible.

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    Horrendous experience, left with a broken spirit

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    Former Employee - Family Advocacy Treatment Manager  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Family Advocacy Treatment Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at US Department of Defense as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Better pay than other area positions but ultimately not worth the paycheck

    Cons

    As a civilian working directly under military and exclusively for military and their dependents, treatment of the civilian workforce was abysmal. It was even lower for contract employees. The rigid hierarchy and poor treatment was something I was completely unprepared to contend with.

    In the contract position the hourly pay was good but the so-called benefits were pathetic and overpriced. It allow the contracting entity to tout being a job with benefits when in reality most contractors could not afford the coverage.

    Civilians were excluded from the staff meetings where issues of concern were hashed out. Decisions were handed down as mandates from "superiors" who had little concept of the problem and were sadly misguided in their imposed "solutions."
    Often they made the situations worse and the system created resentment amongst the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't jump to conclusions about situations. Treat your workers as grown-ups and include them in the problem-solving process. Greet civilians in the same friendly manner you use to interact with your military workers. Include contracted civilians to the same degree when there are unit-wide events and rewards. Praise and being friendly would go a long way to take some of the hostility and resentment out of the hearts of civilians who are giving so much of themselves to do a good job. Remember, YOU enlisted. I did not. Don't be such a dictator or such a jerk to us and then sit in your office laughing and BS-ing with military personnel who aren't working nearly as hard as the civilians. Don't believe everything your military underlings report about us. They are more than willing to throw a civilian under the bus to make themselves look better in your eyes. They lie. We pay the price.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay can be competitive for certain GS positions that are hard to fill. Good medical, vision and dental plans. Retirement is based on what you put into the retirement systems and social security. If you like travel it is available depending on the position held. Family crisis are handled with respect and dignity. Challenging work and work areas

    Cons

    Some jobs can keep you on travel for over 6 months at a time. This is extremely hard on family. Under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) you have to wait until you are 65 to get your full retirement. The old way of applying for jobs was based on your resume, some agencies now require you to respond to additional questions (DCMA has 29 additional multiple choice questions that have four or five responses that may only change by one word) that can chase you away from the position. In some agencies, the chance for promotion is extremely difficult, you may be locked into the same position at the same level for most of your career. Once you reach step 10 there is no further pay increases except for yearly increases, so for your last 10-15 years of service you remain at the same pay grade and step.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closely on the job descriptions that are advertised. Some job descriptions can only be filled by one person. If you are looking

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