Royal Air Force

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Royal Air Force Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
65 Reviews
3.8
65 Reviews
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Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff Andrew Pulford
Andrew Pulford
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

  • Opportunities for sport, travel 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, instability of home environment, mobility (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    RAF

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Air Force

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Varied Job with the ability to travel.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Air Force

    Pros

    Travel
    Varied Job
    Requires ability to demonstrate many skills
    requires a degree of self improvement

    Cons

    long hours
    unstable shift patterns
    lack of personal development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Helicopter Pilot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool job, good fun, great camaraderie, lots of travelling.

    Cons

    Public Sector Pay, erratic work schedule, late notice deployments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY US MORE!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    14.5 year roller coaster ride!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Movements Controller in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Movements Controller in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible package of benefits including free gym and sporting facilities, great medical and dental, opportunities to travel, variety of different roles within trade, good progression… I could go on for ages.

    Cons

    While overall job security is fantastic, it is expected that you will spend long periods of time away from home, often at the drop of a hat. Management frequently move the goalposts, seemingly for no good reason. Government austerity policy is slowly eroding the benefits of service life.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great for a full and rewarding career

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    Current Employee - Royal Air Force ICT TECH in Lincoln, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Royal Air Force ICT TECH in Lincoln, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Full training, good structured career, free medical and dental care, free gym membership and best of all great like minded people.

    Cons

    Deploy anywhere in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent time while in. Experience second to none but not ideal for a permanent career

    Current Employee - RAF Pilot in Benson, England (UK)
    Current Employee - RAF Pilot in Benson, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership and management training. Comeradery and experience amazing amd unforgettable.

    Cons

    Promotional aspects get limited quickly as the organisation is not that large. As the career progresses it moves away from the positive experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to re-evaluate the appraisal system-a tendency to over-report means it's not you being appraised but your line manager's eloquence

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My formative years well spent

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    Current Employee - Telecommunications Operator in Carterton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Operator in Carterton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined the RAF when I was 18 and living in a remote town with few opportunities. The RAF gave me the opportunity to learn a valuable set of skills, have amazing experiences all over the globe and serve my country on operations. It wasnt always great, sometimes it was terrible, but when it was good it was great. I have memories and lifelong friends from that time I would not trade for hoarded gold.

    Cons

    Promotion was very limited at the time (1990's), pretty much the only reason I left. But it might be different now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult to say as its been so long, but prioritising those with operational theatre experience when it comes to promotion might be a start.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The RAF offers a great package...but they set your career path early on and it's hard to change it.

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    Current Employee - Squadron Leader in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Squadron Leader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A force for good. Generous leave and welfare package. Sports and adventurous training is cheap or free. Accommodation is subsidised. Appointers generally listens to your posting preferences. Relatively good pay.
    You don't have to worry about what to wear in the morning!

    Cons

    You can be sent to a war zone at inconvenient times in your life. Long absences can lead to domestic issues. Support/back office processes suffer from poor investment as treasury money is always focused on 'front line first'. Appointment staff have agendas and if you are not a graduate on entry, you can fall below the ideal rank/age line and reach a glass ceiling. Beware of niche skills as they will keep you doing that in the same rank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a centre of excellence for IT specialists within the RAF with a solid career path. Outsourcing almost all IT services is proving expensive and, when good people realise their is no career progression, they leave. Promoting mainstream officers into IT appointments doesn't work. They flounder and IT projects suffer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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