US Air Force
4.1 of 5 2,892 reviews
www.af.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Air Force Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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4.1 2,892 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh

General Mark A. Welsh

(875 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You get to serve your country and gain invaluable skills that will help you in life"
    in 78 reviews
  • "Medical and Dental Benefits a big plus in the military"
    in 77 reviews
Cons:
  • "It's tough being away from family but I have no real issues with serving for my country"
    in 184 reviews
  • "Long hours and goals that are some times unreachable but overall I liked it"
    in 229 reviews
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Aim High

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Air Force

ProsJob satisfaction, education benefits, travel

ConsSome people are in leadership positions who shouldn't be

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Great opportunity to experience things you friends can only dream about.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Air Force

Prosopens doors that werent even visable brfore. Travel all over the world and make money while youre at it. If youre single and living paycheck to paycheck i highly reccommend talking to your local recruiter.

Conssometimes can be stressful. slightly different lifestyle that can be hard for some to adjust to. Travel can be very difficult if you have a family.

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I was active duty Air Force for 9 years as a Engineering Assistant (3E5X1)

E6 - Air Force - Technical Sergeant (Current Employee)
Spokane, WA

I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 8 years

ProsMost of the leadership at the commander level and supervisors I had were all fair, competant, and easy to work for. The benefits were nice, you can't beat the 30 days of leave you get as soon as you start! Pay wasn't bad especially when you take into consideration free medical, housing allowance, clothing allowance, etc. Lots of free/cheap services gym, outdoor recreation, auto hobby.

ConsIf you have a family the frequency and length of time you are away gets old. Some of the extra work you have to do for training is no fun either

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take for granted the people who make you look good by taking care of business day in and day out.

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

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Grounded bird?

Cyber Systems Operator (Current Employee)
Fort Walton Beach, FL

I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits, personal leave, sick leave, pay, allowances, travel, change, progression, recognition, opprutunity, education, fitness.

ConsDeployments, paperwork, record keeping, always on call, belong to the country, no facial hair, always on point, no room for mistakes, mandatory everything, politics, budget cuts, inconsistant leadership, training, old equipment, officers should be promoted from within (too many clueless kids), favortism, decisions made without knowing people, too many 5 eprs that aren't earned.

Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize management, proactive rather than reactive, become a family, stand up to congress when necessary.

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

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A stellar career in the Air Force.

E8 - Air Force - Senior Master Sergeant (Current Employee)

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

ProsTraveled the world! Great experience in aircraft maintenance.

ConsYou need to kiss butt to get promoted.

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

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Interesting Adventure

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Air Force

ProsBenefits are Awesome! The people you meet are the main reason it can be fun. Depending on your career field you can travel all over the place.

ConsHaving to deal with the typical bureaucracy that comes with being in the military. Many people tend to get the idea in their heads that they are superior to other people in every way.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Meaningful Life Experience

Senior Operations Analyst (Current Employee)
Fort Walton Beach, FL

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

ProsIt's a rewarding career. I've seen things from the heartbreaking to the breathtaking. I'm honored to have served my nation for 20 years.

ConsThe job can be very demanding, and I've been squarely in harm's way in the performance of the Air Force mission. As a very large organization, there are many peculiarities to the evaluation and promotion systems.

Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline the evaluation systems, and enforce some enterprise-wide standardization. If everyone is special, then no one is. As every officer walks on water in their performance reports, the process of differentiating exceptional performers from average performers is simply not granular enough.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good opportunity for people starting out

Operations Research Analyst (Current Employee)
Las Vegas, NV

I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 3 years

ProsJob security
Good people
Same pay but better living standards than the Army, Navy, and Marines
Quick advancement
Clear expectations

ConsOccasional long hours
Occasional deployments overseas
Sometimes have to do other things you don't want to do

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Experience of a lifetime!

Chief Information Officer (Former Employee)
Monterey, CA

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

ProsConstant challenge and growth. You develop from a junior officer to senior executive in the course of your career, all the while serving our great nation!

ConsDeployments can be challenging at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have loved serving third generation in the U.S. Military

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Air Force full-time

ProsGreat Retirement Plan, health benfits and opportunity to travel to places you may never get a chance to go again. Education benefits have been a plus as well.

ConsWillingness to drop what you are doing at a moments notice and support the needs of the Air Force. More than often times your service will come before family. That is the choice you make coming into the military. Not bashing, you just have to accept it.

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

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