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Updated September 2, 2015
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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  • Great Benefits (such as medical and dental) (in 132 reviews)

  • great benefits good pay great work enviornment (in 293 reviews)

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  • Away from family while deployed (in 315 reviews)

  • Constantly changing supervision; Long Hours (in 384 reviews)

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  1. us air force

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Officer in Travis AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Officer in Travis AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    growth, family orientation and common goals

    Cons

    long hours and a bit intrusive into personal time

    Advice to Management

    be positive


  2. If you'd like to change the world one mission at a time, the Air Force is the place for you

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Pilot in Shreveport, LA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job Satisfaction is amazing in the Air Force. Knowing you are doing things that impact the nation and the world is a great experience. The ability to travel to remote places is always a possiblity in the Air Force. Also, you are not always confined to just one job or position. There are multiple things you can apply for once you have established yourself in your primary career field.

    Cons

    As a pilot you are limited to the locations available to your airframe, but you are given the opportunity to see other parts of the world one trip at time. Contrary to popular believe, these locations are not always Iraq and Afganistan

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. If you want to be an employee, you can't get a better job in the private sector unless you're top management

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Integrity. Responsibility level not found in private sector. Benefits. Pension. Respect. Recognition.

    Cons

    Separation from family. Limits to progression/career advancement/salary. Not for someone who'd rather have their own business than be an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Study "Good to Great" - there's too much at stake to not stay the best.


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  5. Go Air Force!

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    Current Employee - MSGT in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - MSGT in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great MILITARY career - Lots of opportunity for professional development and tuition assistance. I loved the fact that I could transfer to other bases every few years and start new challenges while maintaining my level of seniority within the organization. The work you do may save lives.

    Cons

    This is a military career - not just a job. A certain level of self-sacrifice and selfless desire to serve your country is needed. You may experience deployments, family separation, long hours, no overtime pay, it can be problematic to get time off for school if your a shiftworker or are susceptible to exercises/deployments. You could go to war - the USAF has been in at war since 1990.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out the advice of senior enlisted members


  6. Superb way to see the world and serve your country

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    Current Employee - Lt Col in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lt Col in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World travel has been great. I've been to 35 different countries around the world. Professional growth opportunities cannot be beat. As you progress in the USAF you will be given more and more responsibilites that keeps pushing yourself. You'll find for the most part, your work efforts will be rewarded, not by money but recognition of a job well done.

    Cons

    Some of the thirty five countries I talked about are not so nice, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Korea and in very austere conditions. But think about it as character building. But in a twist of the downsides, you have a great sense of teamwork that can get you through it and in the end you come out stronger. After 20 years of moving every 3 or 4 years, it can get a bit much.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your troops.


  7. Military service is a satisfying career

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    Current Employee - USAF Lt Col in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - USAF Lt Col in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends

    Pros

    Clear worthwhile mission Leadership opportunities Technical opportunities Talented coworkers

    Cons

    Service before self Time away from family

    Advice to Management

    Continue open communication on mission goals


  8. The ultimate career, for those who can't settle for less.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Beale AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Beale AFB, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want a job that you can commit to, that will give back as much as you put in, than the military is right for you. If you are also concerned about your education, have skills relating to or are interested in any technical field, than the Air Force is the right branch of service for you. The pay may not seem like a whole lot but once you factor in the free housing, food, medical care, and education you realize just what you are making. Once you sign up and complete basic training, the Air Force will take care of you. The only thing it asks in return is for you to take care of the Air Force. So, let's talk benefits. Yes, you get free housing, in the form of either on-base dormitories for single Airmen, on-base housing, or off-base housing which is paid for with your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). You also get free food, either on-base at the dining facility (I have never eaten at a dining facility that made bad food), or off-base with your Basic Allowance for Sustenance (BAS). On top of that, you are encouraged to go to school, and your tuition is covered. Add in to that mix your basic pay and the fact that you don't really have any major expenses (maybe a car loan or a phone bill, but psssh), and you can see why people want to work in the military. Those aren't the only good things about it, though. Also consider the lifestyle the military offers. You are surrounded by other people from varying backgrounds, but who all have the same values and principles you do: integrity, service, excellence. The fact that you really never know where the Air Force might take you is also exciting. And on top of that, there are so many opportunities for fun and networking in the USAF community for you to take advantage of. You've just joined one of the largest, greatest networks on the planet, and every other person in the service is there for you, always. That is the feeling you get when you wear the uniform, and that, I would say, is the greatest reason to work for the US Air Force.

    Cons

    Of course, the military isn't for everyone. There will be a few people who don't like the responsibility, the structure, or the accountability that comes with a career in the Air Force. Every action you take is considered and judged. This can be a good thing, because you get regular feedback, but it can also be stressful. Being seperated from your family is another difficulty. Everyone in the Air Force is deployable, and you never know when you could be called for a few months in the desert. It happens. If you can accept it as a challenge, rise to the occasion, and do your best, you will become a better person for it. If you get stressed out and bogged down in your own regret, however, you will fail. There are people who just want normal jobs, where they can roll into work a few minutes late every day and no one cares; where the most challenging thing they have to deal with is a customer complaining about their food being cold; where they are safe, comfortable, and ultimately unimportant. This is not a job for those people. In this job, you are responsible for and are held accountable for your own actions. You can't be comfortable all the time. You can't be unimportant. That isn't even an option.

    Advice to Management

    The way the military works, my Senior Management was in my exact position before, and in the future I will be in theirs. There's no advice I can give them. They've seen everything I have, and then some.


  9. Great! Overall!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Scott Air Force Base, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Scott Air Force Base, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Career advancement is guaranteed as long as you do nothing illegal. Great opportunities exist to travel the world. Training is unmatched anywhere in thew world. Other pro's are that employers will seek to employ you because of the work ethic and discipline you eventually learn to live by.

    Cons

    Career advancement is guaranteed as long as you do nothing illegal. This inevitably leads to people getting promoted and leading other into misery. Overall, the deployments are increasing and a melting pot of services are becoming the reality. Airmen no longer just do their own jobs..more and more we deploy with the Army to execute convoy operations.

    Advice to Management

    Rework the performance review process. The rating systems is just not credible and it leads to people getting promoted who should never lead others.


  10. Great for an offier enlisted..ehhhhh

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    Former Employee - Supply in Langley AFB, VA
    Former Employee - Supply in Langley AFB, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits, FREE. I have went into the emegery room EKG, stiches out of pocket. Root Canals.. really just great. Free housing, if you get married... free money.. a baby more money. Also something that I did not realize is the tax breaks. I did not understand this until I received my degree and got out. Currently I work and I am single and make 50k. 2 years ago I was a single person and making 30k, but with the tax breaks and the "basic" pay I only make 200 more dollars a pay check. And com'on as troop who went to iraq, you are in the AIR FORCE, NOT THAT BAD,, that is unless you are Security forces

    Cons

    I can only look from it from a enlisted point of view. Pretty much you are looked down upon towards officers. Regardless if they are the most dumbest of indivduals. Pretty much a big barrier between officers and enlisted, think of the King and the pesant. And of course the deployments. From an enlisted stand point if you are not a good test taker... you may want to rethink. To gain E-5 and above its all about a test.... No board, no seeing a person managing skills a test. This consequently makes for some horrible mid level managment and well as upper.

    Advice to Management

    Focuse more on your enlisted troops they are the ones who make the airforce run!!!!!


  11. US Air Force - great place to work

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    Current Employee - Air Force Lieutenant Col in Offutt AFB, NE
    Current Employee - Air Force Lieutenant Col in Offutt AFB, NE
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good and the benefits are very good. Not many civilian companies give 30 days of paid vacation per year, unlimited sick time, flexibility, chance for advancement, and free/cheap healthcare. Although not always perfect, there is a definite career path and chance for advancement. Promotions aren't guaranteed, but if a person works hard, does well at their job, and continues their education, there is an excellent chance for advancement. One nice thing is that a person usually has flexibility throughout the day or week to take care of things if needed. As long as your job gets done you don't usually have somebody watching you to make sure you've worked a certain number of hours per week. This of course depends on the job. If you are a security policeman and assigned a certain shift then you may not have as much flexibility to go and take care of something because you have to man your post.

    Cons

    The disadvantage is that you can't just decide to quit anytime you want to. Sometimes long hours are involved, including deployments away from family. There are politics within the military, but I've found that to be true in the civilian jobs I've had as well.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be as flexible as possible with deployment length, so people can balance family with work. Although the mission should be first, keeping deployment lengths shorter would greatly help morale, happiness, and retention.



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