PA National Guard Reviews

Updated May 12, 2015
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  1. I love my job.

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    Current Employee - Logistic Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Logistic Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the pros of the national guard include free food and tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    the cons of the national guard is having a very strict appearance to keep up with

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  2. One of the true embarrassments and let downs of my lifetime

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    Current Employee - Cavalry Scout in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Cavalry Scout in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA National Guard part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get an idea of just how desperate many men are to play out the biological impulse to protect everyone. The id is king.

    Cons

    Oh god, where does one begin? I know, let's start with the officer corps. One searches in vain for role models but is are bombarded by rightwing idiocracy from every angle. For as dumb and fat as many of them are it's surprising they'd essentially want to live in Sparta. The NCO corps isn't quite as off-the-rails in *that* way, but some are even more outrageous in other ways. For instance, leading a column of soldiers to the bathroom takes on the gravity of the invasion of Normandy, digital terrorism lurks behind every flash drive. By blaring heavy metal from your diesel truck, you assert western values against Obama and his Muslim-loving compatriots. And then the lower enlisted ranks are a hodgepodge of the relatively sane and the mercifully infinite varieties of Forrest Gump that end up in the Army. These guys are truly a pleasure to know, and really are the only thing you can tell yourself you've gained in the positive from your National Guard experience.

    Advice to Management

    All of this is your fault.


  3. A little more than promised

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA National Guard part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that you serve with.

    Cons

    Not really possible to keep up a civilian career. Many Fridays have to be taken off and deployments put a huge burden on building a career. While I do love serving the country, I chose to join the national guard so that I could also build a civilian career at the same time. The mindset that being in the national guard is a full time job makes that very difficult. Being on unemployment and therefore having the time to attend multiple military schools is absolutely not grounds for promotion. I can very easily say that many of my "leaders" have only made it to their current positions by being total failures in their civilian life.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on the saying "citizen soldier."


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  5. Outstanding! Great people, great mission, great camaraderie

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people, the mission, the satisfaction of serving.

    Cons

    None...it is difficult work and some weekends are required, but...it's still all good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annville, PA

    Pros

    great coworkers a lot of subject matter experts

    Cons

    getting deployed post police officers are difficult

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work, the post is rapidly expanding thanks to extended funding from the PA government. All in all a great place


  7. Excellent career organization

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    Former Employee - Medical Group Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Medical Group Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent training, flexibility, professional growth, benefits and future retirement plan is better than most. Stong leadership that understands the unit's mission and the needs of it's members. Opportunities for experiences that go well beyond the norm and the chance to give back to the communicty and the coutry is a very satisfying experience overall. The relationships that you build with your unit members last a lifetime and cannot be equaled in any other environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at all, unless it's getting up at 0'dark 30 on a regular basis. Not exactly an early morning person.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Excellent possibilities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annville, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    There are many hard working dedicated Soldiers and leaders in the PA National Guard. Benefits are excellent, and the opportunitiy for paid secondary education is there. With a few minor changes listed in the cons this could be the best place to work.

    Cons

    Cronyism, to many people get positions they are not capable of handling due to who they know. Standards are not equally enforced. The military lays out clearly what is expected of their Soldiers however some leaders fail to meet them or enforce them. Do as I say not as I do, some Soldier are told to deploy multiple times while their leaders do not.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure standards are equal across the board. The promotion system is still manipulated and the good old boy system is at an all time high. To bad because there are a lot of great leaders and Soldiers in this state.


  9. Best job ever!

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    Current Employee - Grenadier
    Current Employee - Grenadier
    Recommends

    Pros

    Learn to blow stuff up!!!!

    Cons

    Know what you are committing to when you join. You may be asked to give your life for your country! But I think it's worth it.


  10. Disbursing Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Military is a great place to build leadership skills Becoming an officer is a great salary for starting off out of college You can be proud of your work

    Cons

    As with any military service, you don't control all aspects of your own time. You may have to put personnel goals aside temporarily to complete mission.

    Advice to Management

    The military standards are in place, enforce the standards, but do your best to mentor the soldier to make them better overall.



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