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US Air Force Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
4,443 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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 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.  

    I loved my job but wasn't meant for the military

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    I loved my job
    My coworkers were all great people
    The opportunity to go overseas was great

    Cons

    A lot of your managers will let you down
    The military lifestyle isn't for everybody
    Hours suck but hey it's the military

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    If you're capable of operating under stress, this is the job for you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Good pay, Provides essential building blocks for your foundation as someone's future employee, great benefits. They will develop you into a leader.

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Stress which can make or break some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees instead of just encouraging ideas which are dismissed. Things go down the chain of command very quickly while communication up the chain is anything but quick unless when already in crisis mode. Do not be afraid to hear bad news. Do not shoot the messenger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great loved the benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Benefits and pay is ok college

    Cons

    Deploying and not meant for family oriented people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Work culture is something completely different from the private sector.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Retirement after 20 years, 30 days paid leave a year, paid relocation costs, free medical care.

    Cons

    Numerous relocations, deployments 6 months at a time, micro-management, broken promotion system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Civil Service is stable work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job security is incredibly high. The benefits are solid, and the hours are reasonable. There is a lot of time off provided for illness and leisure.

    Cons

    The pay is below industry. The bureaucracy severely limits what you can accomplish in a timely manner. Pay raises come by virtue of showing up and breathing, not performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide real incentives for high performance, and a real chance to be fired for poor performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great People, Great Mission

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

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

    Pros

    There is nothing like the pride that comes with service and working in the uniformed military community. Exceptional efforts every day to accomplish the mission driven by that professional dedication to the mission and to each other. Benefits which are truly second to none.

    Cons

    Under-resourced for the missions we are tasked to do. Senior leadership in uniform and at the civilian level has become exceptionally political and this is corroding the moral and capability of the organization. An aging fleet of capital assets in desperate need of modernization with no clear vision of what that means and a dwindling workforce of qualified people to do it.

    No job security any more. No feedback on why some groups are getting cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop purging people! Start telling them the truth. If the uniformed members are willing to put their lives on the line for the mission the least you can do is stop the double-speak and give us no-BS answers as to what is going on in the service.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits, and I love my job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Benefits... While they still exist.

    Cons

    100% No life separation from work,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Chief Enlisted Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Security, honor of serving my country. Education, health and dental benefits. The values and integrity plus the pride that is instilled as a team. mThe Air Force gives you a sense of pride that no other company can provide. Equal opportunity for promotion.

    Cons

    Long periods away from the family. Long work hours at times. Deployments for 6 to 12 months at a time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a thrill of a lifetime!

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist
    Former Employee - Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist

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

    Pros

    The best reason for working with the USAF is that you work on high performance aircraft. There is nothing like the thrill of ensuring these aircraft are maintained at peak performance levels.

    Cons

    The major challenge working with the USAF these days is the uptempo deployment schedule. A lot of birthdays and Christmases with families are spent in far off lands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper level management needs to not take advantage of those assigned to their care. Sometimes all they see is a promotion or award for themselves and their airmen pay the price so that they get what they desire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Average employment with average pay, limited growth opportunity balanced by continual work.

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    Current Employee - General Engineer
    Current Employee - General Engineer

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

    Pros

    Many educational opportunities online and occasionally in-residence
    Above average benefits (401k, leave, insurance)
    Depending on location, duties can be quite fulfilling (engineering multimillion dollar projects)
    Positions all over the US, frequent group communications making networking easy

    Cons

    Very limited growth potential within positions, promotion requires taking a new position (when & where available)
    Tremendous amounts of bureaucracy in daily activities (20+ different web applications just to manage employment profile)
    Cushy performance reviews leaves far too many complacent underachieving coworkers
    Required reductions in force and footprint currently squeezing employment opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the employees, Government bottom lines never change and aren't as pressing as everyone's leadership likes to believe. It's "okay" to call something out as redundant in the Government, recognize what's actually best for the taxpayer, not what's easiest.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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