US Air Force Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Excellent benefits, saw the world

    Former Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people and mission of the Air Force, happily served for 20 years and would do it again. Maximize what you get out of it - use the education benefits, push your career forward by taking on what is needed for promotion. It is what you make of it.

    Cons

    At times there is a good 'ol boy network that is disappointing to see. Most work to keep the system impartial and performance based but every once in a while the decision gets made in the back room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to expect the best of airmen and be fair and forthright with all on decisions that are made, pros, cons, and chart a clear path to victory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. The Air Force, similar to all military branches, is and all or nothing organization. Dedication equals success.

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    Current Employee - Knowledge Operations Management in Clinton, MD
    Current Employee - Knowledge Operations Management in Clinton, MD

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

    Pros

    Job security, lots of opportunities to network with other gov agencies, community feel in most offices.

    Cons

    Deployments, sometimes long hours to complete the mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Loved it.

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    Former Employee - E7 - Air Force - Master Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - E7 - Air Force - Master Sergeant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Something can seem crazy, and deployments are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great experience, fast paced and rewarding environment.

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    Former Employee - Program Control and Budget Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Control and Budget Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work is always for a mission and a purpose. Strong sense of camaraderie. Life changing experiences.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent time and travel away from home, regimented standards of performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance experience of staff and subordinates. Leverage opportunities for mentorship and counsel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. One of the BEST organizations to ever work for!

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    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Working for the Air Force has been one of the best jobs I've ever had. The benefits are phenomenal, the time off beats most private sector companies, the pay is decent, and most of all the people are the best. Additionally, there is a great sense of work/life balance that is second to non. In my private sector job, I would miss out on life. I now have time to get everything done!

    Cons

    Most members are quickly approaching retirement age and they are not that technically savvy. Thus, I am the go to person for most things the average younger individual would consider remedial at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I have great managers that truly look after their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Medical Technician

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    Former Employee - Military, Medic, USAF, Enlisted, Medical Technician, 4N0 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military, Medic, USAF, Enlisted, Medical Technician, 4N0 in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force

    Pros

    Being a Part of a team that acts like a vast family. Medical and dental. Experiences unlike anything offered out side of the military. Job security. Wide scale respect from those you work with and civilians. Discounts normally 10% or more from merchandise (not available everywhere). Chance to learn and become a leader, effective follower (this is important and harder to do then learn to lead) become an expert in the field of job, chance to move into different areas in the military as far as jobs and within your job, Promotion is completely on you ( the guidelines are there you meet them and surpass them you get promoted and more money. Taught to work with all types of people and keep it professional to maintain and succeed in the mission. Even if you do not know what you want to do in life the military will give you a job to do as your find yourself. Unlike many jobs if you mess up You get written or verbal counseling to improve you as a member vs. simply fired. Your an asset that is an investment by the government and they would rather teach you to become better then get rid of you and waste all that money (this does not mean you can't mess up enough to be discharged.) You are trained to react when others will not, such as a car wreck, house fire, traumatic events. You will find that you don't stand around in shock as others tend to do but move into action and direct others to help those in need. THERE ARE DAYS THAT EVERYONE HAS SAID I"M DONE AND LEAVING THE MILITARY, most do not because it's an amazing job, and they way 90% or more treat each other as family even if your a stranger while your a member is something that is non existent or extremely rare in the civilian world. Example Brand new to a base, some one stops and helps you move in your stuff and then invites you over to their home for dinner since your not quite set up in your home this can be for a single person or their entire family.

    Cons

    Like every job there are days that suck, people you will not work well with and days you want to quit. In the military you can't just quit. You are a Number in a system that the government owns and will do with you as needed to complete whatever mission big Military decides. You may deploy for long periods of time, or be in training, or simple have a mission away from both your station and your home/family. If you break the law you face both civilian and UCMJ (this is far harsher then civilian court). You could give the ultimate sacrifice, or become severely injured and disabled. You don;t always get respect you are owed or thank you's, You become the center of dislike for the government at times, and people are no longer just people but possible threats you always have to consider (this doesn't mean we think all are threats, just that we have to have situational awareness that changes you view on society just a bit.) Sometimes you do jobs you hate whether you want to or not. Chain of command can be tough to get used to if you like it to be the (insert your name) show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to say, each leader is different. Some great some not. Just remember to listen to your subordinates, cause in taking care of your troops you will find that you take care of the mission as well. Just because you have rank doesn't mean your the smartest one for the job. Rank doesn't make a leader (just because you can test well and gain rank doesn't mean you should lead others. A leader never stops learning and following. You can learn the most from those below you, if your leading them correctly then they will teach you your strengths and your weaknesses. Also find some one to mentor you and learn as much as you can from those above you that you feel are strong leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great Job. Has it ups and downs.

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    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Patriotism, Service, Benefits, Many of the people you get to work with. Travel.

    Cons

    Structure, Reshaping, On call 24/7

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. USAF Honor Guard

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    Current Employee - Ceremonial Guardsman in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Ceremonial Guardsman in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    the benefits are awesome, great way to take care of your family. Lots of room for promotion, travel around the world

    Cons

    being that you're in the military, you can't control where you live, when you work, what you do. a lot of work outside in the cold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Service before self

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Investigator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent investigative agency that is leading the way for other DoD agencies

    Cons

    Work life balance and rotational deployments can be rough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through and keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Best decision I ever made but as you progress in the ranks, there is a lot of unnecessary things you have to deal with.

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    Current Employee - RFTS in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - RFTS in Silver Spring, MD

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

    Pros

    They pay for your food, housing, education and they give you a lot of time off.

    Cons

    You have to deal with a lot of changes and different qualities of leadership. The military is very unpredictable and you can end up anywhere they want to put you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, communication, communication. Stop giving short notice taskers and do not jumping the chain of command. Be proactive not reactive. Actively search for problems and address them. Also, end EPRs. They waste so much time and for some reason gives the more senior leadership a sense of accomplishment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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