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Working in the Air Force has been great

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Former Employee - Analyst in Tucson, AZ
Former Employee - Analyst in Tucson, AZ

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

Pros

Good training oportunities, esspecially if you have limited prior experiance
Good travel potential, though not always where you want to go
responsibility for others
Some very good leaders

Cons

A lot of deployments
forced moves to places you may not like
high turnover, lots of training
Many bad leaders

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employ management/leadership training provided and avoid the road more traveled: lazy leadership, fearful of innovation/change, listen before passing judgment, etc

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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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 (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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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    Disapproves of CEO
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