US Air Force Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
4,192 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 124 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 277 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 304 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 364 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic 30 year career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multiple in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Multiple in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities and growth potential and development; diversity of worldwide locations; full spectrum of operations, exercises and programs.
    "The U.S. Air Force provides air support for surface forces and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2012, the service operates more than 5,638 aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 satellites. It has a $140 billion budget with 332,854 active duty personnel, 185,522 civilian personnel, 71,400 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 106,700 Air National Guard personnel"

    Cons

    Moving every 2-3 years (at best); combat deployments; strange base locations. Armed conflicts, humanitarian operations, budget cuts/sequestration; congressionally mandated continuing resolutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    "REWARDING"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diverse culture, Great work-home balance, and endless opportunities to improve on career as well as an individual.

    Cons

    Some leadership could focus more on developing subordinates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CV-22 Avionics Backshop Team Leader/Programs Manager

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Clovis, NM
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Clovis, NM

    I have been working at US Air Force as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Training that transfers to many positions in the civilian sector.

    Cons

    Many training gaps emerge when transitioning from military to civilian sector.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Most rewarding and enlightening experience as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    I met some people during my career who changed my life. I am certainly proud to be able to call them my friends for life.

    Cons

    The only setback is occassionally having to leave my family for extended periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as our leaders remember to keep the the most important resource, the people, as its focus, the organization will be continue to successful.

  6.  

    Retiring after 20 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - USAF Pilot in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - USAF Pilot in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    I love the USAF. It will be hard to finally say goodbye. I would recommend to anyone looking to serve something greater than themselves.

    Cons

    Long hours, long work weeks, extended deployments, not treated in accordance with ability but in accordance with seniority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of people and people will execute the mission professionally in the most challenging and ambiguous of circumstances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work wit good pay and benefits. There are a lot of jobs in oklahoma but most don't pay well.

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Engine Worker in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Aircraft Engine Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation for oklahoma, and the environment and pace is pretty good.

    Cons

    It can be extremely boring. Its like watching paint dry sometimes. The culture is not very cutting edge. People are much more into maintaining the status quo than being the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to who works hard and who doesn't. It seems like oneone really cares if you are a slug or a top producer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall enjoyed time as an Air Reserve Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force full-time

    Pros

    The people and the mission. Decent benefits. TTwo

    Cons

    Negatives were only evident toward the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I accomplished nearly everything I set out to when I first joined and then some.

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    Former Employee - TSgt USAF in Langley AFB, VA
    Former Employee - TSgt USAF in Langley AFB, VA

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

    Pros

    Best reason to join; Real world changing opportunities, and then Education.

    Cons

    "Do more with less." No words have damaged the moral and integrity of all that was accomplished than these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop expecting more for nothing. AFSO 21 is based on Six Sigma philosophies and this runs contrary to that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to start

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Superintendent in Summerville, SC
    Current Employee - Production Superintendent in Summerville, SC

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for the Air Force is the job security. If you want an opportunity to receive excellent training with the option for a career the Air Force is a great place to look.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge in the Air Force is the time away from the family. As a young Airman the travel is amazing but after 20 years the idea of leaving the family for another 6 months begins to grind on members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to put people first. The recent past has shown that management prioritizes technology over people. If you continue down this road you will find it difficult to retain good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Management and Comptroller

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Travel opportunities, great medical care, and takes great care of families. Better base facilities than the other services, and less deployments than the Army and Navy. Pays for schooling (either Master's or technical/certification type of training

    Cons

    Deployments apart from family, constant moving, the farther up in rank you go the less choice you have in where you go and what you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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