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US Air Force Reviews in Colorado Springs, CO

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
4,663 Reviews
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 132 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 293 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 315 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 384 reviews)

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  1.  

    The Air Force provides an outstanding opportunity for Americans to serve and learn!

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    Former Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being a part of protecting the United States; a fulfilling sense of service! Training is probably the best in the world. Excellent pay and benefits, especially for the officer and senior enlisted ranks.

    Cons

    Subject to the whims of Congress. Sequestration is significantly hurting the military and this country's national defense. Frequent moves can be challenging yet with the right attitude this is a positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold true to benefits of those who served. If you need to change, change for those entering the military.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The mission comes first.

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Schriever AFB, CO
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Schriever AFB, CO

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I left another government agency because I was tired of feeling like my job was meaningless. At the Air Force I know that I'm contributing towards a piece of the mission. Knowing that what I do has an impact is important to me.

    Cons

    Following checklists is more important that the outcome. Its foolish and wasteful sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm happy with my management right now, but sometimes they need to push back on the upper ranks of senior leadership. Every mistake ever made can't be prevented with a new checklist or double and triple inspection.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    A very rewarding experience to be able to serve my country!

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    Current Employee - O4 - Air Force - Major in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - O4 - Air Force - Major in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Training provided, great benefits and self rewarding knowing you are serving your country

    Cons

    Multiple moves and long durations of being away from family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that the people are the most critical asset there is in the military.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    US Air Force

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    Current Employee - NCOIC in Peterson AFB, CO
    Current Employee - NCOIC in Peterson AFB, CO

    I have been working at US Air Force part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits while in and once you quit or retire. Pay is more than fair, you get to see the world. The opportunity to serve your country and be part of something very important.

    Cons

    Constant challenges and life style hardships, like being relocated and/or deployed every few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great way to start your professional career and gain a wide range of sought after skills.

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    Current Employee - Military Program Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Military Program Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    You gain valuable experience and develop an outstanding work ethic.

    Cons

    Be prepared to sacrifice time away from your family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared and take advantage of all training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Job

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    Current Employee - Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Very easy job, great people to work with

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy at times, slow to hire personnel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Challenging, fulfilling but quite often skills not fully employed.

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    Former Employee - Information Assurance Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Information Assurance Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to grow; an adventurous experience with cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Often the skills of employees are not matched properly to the job, are under utilized or completely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take closer inventor of your personnel's skills and try to match them to the right positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ending an Air Force career

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    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Travel, responsibility, unique experiences

    Cons

    Time away from family, burden, advancement stunted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about families

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Work Security

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    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in US Air Force, CO
    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in US Air Force, CO

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

    Pros

    You are secured at a minimum 4 years of great work experience.

    Cons

    It is a very competitive environment at the officer level.
    As a junior officer (Captain and below) is competitive among your peers.
    As a senior officer (Major and above) is hard to work with the system, the system is set up to kick you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put each employee in the right job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's what you make of it.

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Peterson AFB, CO
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Peterson AFB, CO

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Medical benefits, 30 days paid vacation a year, educational benefits, salary

    Cons

    at least a four year contract, no input in duty station, no individualism. Some workcenters are micromanagers. Negative work area spreads. A lot of patients (dependents, AD, retirees) in the clinic feel entitled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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