US Air Force Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
3,841 Reviews

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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and continue your education (in 144 reviews)

  • Currently government pay and benefits are better than their civilian counterparts (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 270 reviews)

  • As with any maintenance USAF career field expect long hours, with little reward (in 326 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Loadmaster  in  Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Loadmaster in Valdosta, GA

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

    Pros

    Job Security
    Easy Work (MOST of the time)
    Travel the world

    Cons

    Changing times, draw backs are starting to end the job security "Pro"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't cut back so much. We will get too small, then have to rebuild in a hurry if something happens (which it will)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved it!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Training, People, Locations, Job, Travel

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

  3.  

    Great Americans!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    See the world, get paid to receive valuable training, invest your life in a mission that makes a difference.

    Cons

    Defense cutbacks have been tough. Family separations at times. Dealing with the largest bureaucracy in the world (DoD) can be demoralizing.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Recently retired officer.

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    Former Employee - Officer/Pilot/Strategist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Officer/Pilot/Strategist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Seeing the world. Being challenged with new and different responsibilities. Working with people who will make you laugh and make you want to be your best.

    Cons

    It's a big bureaucracy, with all that entails - sometimes mind-numbing rules, glaring examples of failed meritocracy, and little opportunity for you to breakout and achieve greatness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Served in Sec of Air Force HQ, Washington DC

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    Former Employee - Senior Leader  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    People make an orgainzation, and the senior Air Force leaders are some of the most professional individuals in aviation.

    Cons

    When surrounded by hard working self-motivated individuals, there is never time "off-duty."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not respond quickly to outside critics, trust in your own people and traditions, they are frequently superior to the less well informed outsiders.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    29 + Years, and I'd do it all over again!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Air Force Senior Service Representative  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Air Force Senior Service Representative in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Allowed me opportunities that I would never have been afforded anywhere else.

    Cons

    Uncertainty atmosphere, created by budgetary constraints/resourcing/drawdown, deployments, and the assignment system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the Airman is the primary "warfighting system" in the AF, then ensure that current and future policies reflect this priority and avoid the cookie cutter approach to personnel management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Transition Course

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant  in  Glendale Luke AFB, AZ
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Glendale Luke AFB, AZ

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

    Pros

    It was excellent for informing individuals on benefits and setting them up for success.

    Cons

    There was nothing negative to report!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep this program going, and the instructors were great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding experience

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Supporting national security...strong core values

    Cons

    Dependent on Congressional and public support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure work is focused and valued...minimize the churn.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Benefits, opportunity for excellent retirement, requirements for persoanl behavior

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - U S Air Force Officer, Pilot  in  Beale AFB, CA
    Former Employee - U S Air Force Officer, Pilot in Beale AFB, CA

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

    Pros

    Medical, dental, education, shopping benefits are a big plus. Normally provides good long-term stability for planning. Provides a large amount of support for families. Opportunity for travel to places you never imagined. High level of on-the-job training and builds self-confidence as you become more knowledgeable. Often places a high level of responsiblity on very young people. For education, offers tuition assistance while on active duty, then GI bill after separation. Most can continue to a 20 year retirement if they choose (and get promoted). Personally, no regrets after 23 years.

    Cons

    Hard work, deployments, and high performance expectation. Government bureaucracy can get frustrating - but so can any job. High level of expectation of personal behavior both on and off the job. You are always "on duty" with your behavior. You can get sent to places you don't really want to go. You will probably see or be in combat at some point in you stay in 20 years - it is the MILITARY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to reduce bureauracracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The Air Force has afforded me many opportunities and challenges to grow as a manager, leader and individual.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    The Air Force provides many education opportunities, technical skills, and travel opportunities to those who serve. There are also a lot of jobs that easily transfer to the commercial or private sector.

    Cons

    With the continued manpower reductions, military or government service becomes a challenge as the Department of Defense is required to sustain with less personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply processes, provide growth opportunities, hold personnel accountable for their actions. Be creative without being destructive for workforce utilization. Share strategic vision with the manpower performing the tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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