Royal Air Force Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff Andrew Pulford
Andrew Pulford
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Pros
  • Full training, good structured career, free medical and dental care, free gym membership and best of all great like minded people (in 4 reviews)

  • Good travel prospects, opportunities for sport and personal development (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • As with the Armed Forces time away from home was frequent and short notice (in 11 reviews)

  • Time away from home on operations, resource pressures created by the shrinking defence budget, the increasing levels of bureaucracy (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Sqn Ldr

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Great diversity of career options

    Cons

    Flexibility in location is required


  2. Hit and Miss

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of employment roles. Opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Can be stuck in a less-challenging role for a while. Unsociable hours. Inconsistencies in demands from management.


  3. How the RAF has changed

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    Former Employee - Weapons Systems Operator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Weapons Systems Operator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Air Force full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Comradeship, travel, pay, RnR, benefits

    Cons

    Moral, micro management, too much focus on secondary duties to get promoted rather than primary roles.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking towards your next promotion and do what is right.


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  5. RAF

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good career prospects and adventure training/development opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, service needs come first. Lots of time away. Leadership focused on themselves and their political career over the needs of the wider service


  6. royal air force is very cool company

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    Current Employee - Engineering Officer Royal Air Force in American Canyon, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Officer Royal Air Force in American Canyon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    i am indian and i am save my india because pakistan and any country will atack on our country.

    Cons

    my cons are fliying the fighter plains in mountains


  7. Navigator

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    Former Employee - Commissioned Officer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Commissioned Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Air Force (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to lead teams of highly competent professionals. Challenge yourself against the best operators in the world.

    Cons

    Ever shrinking resources demanding more from fewer people.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to government short-sightedness and ensure proper funding/resourcing. We will do the job asked of us, anywhere, any time, if you provide the necessary tools and personnel.


  8. Review from an RAF Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Challenging. Interesting. Huge responsibility for Officers when still quite young. Lots of travel with like-minded people. Many opportunities for sport and adventurous training if you are pro-active and take them.

    Cons

    As an Officer you move jobs every 2 years, which makes it difficult for your personal life. For Officers, your career progression up through the ranks can be limited depending upon which branch you choose and this is not made clear when you join. For example there is a healthy promotion rate for pilots and engineers, who have many jobs up to the top levels. Intelligence and Air Traffic Controllers cannot make the very senior levels.


  9. RAF Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exciting, challenging, varied and interesting work that has a real sense of making a difference.

    Cons

    Standard downsides of life in a military Service.


  10. Aircrew Life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, flying suits, women

    Cons

    No more drinking at work, less and less adventure training, the war is over

    Advice to Management

    Make it fun again


  11. Not just a job, a career and a lifestyle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Good wages, excellent training and experience opportunities, free health and dental care, sporting and adventurous opportunities, reduced rate housing, travel, interesting and varied career path

    Cons

    Work and life balance, lots of time away, can be hard for families, impedes hugely on personal time such as working Christmas and night shifts and so on. But that's what we agree to sign up to. Pros out way cons.

    Advice to Management

    Immediate line management varies from post to post. Generally managers are well trained and firm but fair. Overall, personally, I would like to see more support given (from the government) to support single parents in the forces. I divorced from my partner, so was forced to leave the service because I could not withdraw my son from school during term time to deploy, or attend mandatory training away from base. The government stance on this has led me to lose my 14 year career. A terrible shame.



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