US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 125 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 278 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 305 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 370 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic 30 year career!

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    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.  

    Retired, 20 years active duty

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    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Experience, prestige, travel, leadership opportunities stand out as positives. People are genuinely concerned about the mission and most folks play well together.

    Cons

    Could be hazardous during missions. Politics and cronyism do play a factor in advancement. Knee jerk reactions to social/political correctness are unnecessary and can impede mission accomlishment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Worked with some of the Best People in the world!

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Andrews AFB, MD
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Andrews AFB, MD

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

    Pros

    The people!! Really great people!

    Cons

    Lack of home life. Deployed a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has the rank does not mean they are the best person for the job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Financial Management and Comptroller

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    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
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great working relationships and teamwork. All employees have a sense of belonging and rely diverse skill sets.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is lacking. There is more work than life. Demographic requirements fog advancement opportunities for many hi-performing leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people and stop conforming to politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best thing I've ever done.

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    Former Employee - Non-commissioned Officer-In-Charge in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Non-commissioned Officer-In-Charge in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great assignments, quick promotions, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Deployments, work-life balance, less control over assignment placement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Some great opportunities to see the world and learn valuable life and job skills but with high stress and frustration.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    See the world!! In addition to the potential to be stationed in nearly any country in the civilized world, you have 30 days of vacation a year to see the rest of it. If you manage your career well, you can learn many different work trades and skills while creating opportunities to advance to the highest ranks. Also, pay and benefits are not that bad, especially in an unstable economy. As long as you do the best you can at your job, you can expect to work your way up the ranks at a fairly decent rate. If you can learn how to "play the game" early, you career can be very successful and very rewarding.

    Cons

    As part of the federal government, bureaucracy abounds. It is nearly impossible to accomplish work correctly due to dwindling resources, internal politicking, and lack of dedication and selfish actions from those around you. You have to deal with overzealous leaders who expect you to sacrifice everything about your life for the service in their efforts to get themselves promoted. In the high operations tempo of today's military, family life is extremely stressed. Potentially, your every waking moment may be required to be dedicated to being a "well-rounded individual," meaning no time to manage family matters. If you are single or have a strong, capable spouse, your career will flourish but otherwise you are going to suffer. You also have to rely heavily on your leaders to mentor you on life and career matters but good luck finding a leader competent enough and willing to spend necessary time doing it. A core expectation of military service is respect for your superiors who, sadly, often aren't deserving of it. What the Air Force stands for is a very laudable institution but it's typically the people around you that will either make it enjoyable or make you miserable. Also, don't let them trick you with the "every person is important" line. Some specialties are definitely more favored than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you have human beings working for you, not robots. They have human limitations, human desires that must be accepted and taken into consideration. Every person is unique, every person's situation is unique. "One size fits all" doesn't work, whether when leading physical training or when overseeing work. The worker shouldn't be expected to adjust to you, rather it's YOUR responsibility to get maximum productivity and effectiveness out of your workers and you need to find the carrot to make that happen. Threatening punishment isn't going to achieve that; at most, you'll get bare minimum performance out of the worker. You need to provide positive incentives. Promotion isn't supposed to be a goal, it's supposed to be a side effect of you doing your job properly. Your focus should be on the work and your people, not on your own future. Bottom line, do the right thing!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    An experience you can't buy

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    Former Employee - USAF Pilot in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - USAF Pilot in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Incredible access to responsibilities at a young age, world travel (I went to 98 countries), great camaraderie, total adventure in the right

    Cons

    "in-the-box" promotion system, deployments for up to six months, budget cuts are driving things down, assignment system can push you to some poor locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral is dropping over the current "diversity" push.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Right job can be rewarding

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    Former Employee - GS-5 Secretary in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - GS-5 Secretary in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, had a great leader/ mentor. Given responsibility to take on projects & additional duties. Hours were steady & given extra time to work out 3 days/ week

    Cons

    Promotion difficult. Only can be promoted in incremental steps, even if experience/education is matched to the position. Bad leadership can make getting things done difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great experience, great people, great mission but at the end of the day, you are still just a number so never forget that.

    Cons

    Tough on families. No kidding after 23 years of service, I got a call from a man I've never met telling me I was being forced to retire. Heartless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of talk from leadership about how much they care about people. Some folks take it to heart and try to treat it like their extended family, but most of it is just talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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