Illinois Army National Guard
4.1 of 5 9 reviews
www.il.ngb.army.mil Springfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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    Fun way to spend a weekend every month

    Sergeant (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood training opportunities while being surrounded by competent and experienced professionals. A great mix of knowlegeable noncommissioned officers and commissioned officers who tend to be better leaders than their active duty counterparts.

    ConsThe drive can be a pain if you're not used to Chicago traffic and are driving in from downstate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience, college tuition paid, and a nice supplement to any civilian career.

    Aircraft Technician (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Pros100% of college tuition is paid - allowed me to get my degree with no student loans.
    Great networking opportunities for civilian employment.
    Extra monthly paycheck.
    Strong bonds and camaraderie fostered over the course of training and deployments - I wouldn't trade that for anything.

    ConsRequired training can cause conflicts with work and home life.
    The "slotting" system means that you may not be promoted unless you secure a certain slot - this means a dead-end for promotion for many soldiers and unqualified people can get a promotion even if they don't deserve it since they were sitting in the right slot at the right time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent support provided for personnel, and positive management climate is encouraged.

    Soldier (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great job security compared to the Active Duty military components
    -Excellent additional paycheck
    -See the world
    -Learn important leadership and managerial skills

    Cons-Some civilian employers resent guardsmen (even though it is illegal)
    -Service does take some time away from civilian work and family

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep supporting the troops, we appreciate it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits overall, but not college or civilian work friendly.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great Educational benefits
    -Big support networks in service and out

    Cons-Barely any upward movement in the ranks for lower enlisted despite being qualified
    -Cut backs on personals
    -Slow to process all or any medical papers unless you are deemed unfit in there eyes
    -interferes with civilian work.
    -Not college friendly in terms of classes, internships, residency programs, and studying aboard.

    Advice to Senior Management-Hire more Staff to get people medically processed out, because waiting 2 or 3 years with injury / disability that happen on duty / during drill without the required attention. Than having to pay out of pocket for it is wrong.
    - Do more to show lower enlisted that they are needed as well.
    -Find ways to allow service members to excel by being more college friendly to students in the medical field or fields you need.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, need to read all fine print before you sign up though

    Nation Guard (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosexcellent benefits, coworkers, and bo ost of confidence within yourself.

    Consits the government, the admin side is very slow and does not always fill their end of contracts.

    Advice to Senior Managementdoing a good job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to be

    Ammo Team Chief (Current Employee)
    Crestwood, Cook, IL

    ProsMerit, work, you really get to see the world

    ConsI have nothing bad to say :D

    Advice to Senior ManagementHooah!!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefits and potential to progress

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Springfield, IL

    ProsThese are government jobs with a contingency of military membership. There is opportunity to advance because it is difficult to enter the system at higher levels so they promote from within usually.

    ConsSince your job is tied to military membership, you must remain a member of the Army to keep your job. You are also subject to full-time ramifications of your military actions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worth joining for the College

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Peoria, IL

    Prosthe officers are very involved, the troops are overall very motivated, the new leadership is very effective, free stay at a hotel if live over 100 miles way, the medics are very knowledgable, diverse support soldiers.

    Consthe upper management seems to through the drills together last minute, the drive is expensive, most of the money earned goes to paying for gas and food while gone, the commander is often absent from drill

    Advice to Senior Managementstick to the projected drill schedule and stop changing it last minute

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Active Guard and Reserve

    Major (Current Employee)
    Springfield, IL

    ProsIt has all the benefits of active army without the pick up and move every 2-3 years. You still have a connection with community since it is the national guard. In addition you can be called out for state emergencies which is really rewarding missions since it is the people you live with you are helping

    ConsYou end up working more weekends than you would on an active duty post. You don't have easy access to commissary or medical treatment facilities

    Advice to Senior ManagementBig Army needs to remember there are not as many training days available for the traditional Soldier to train.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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