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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
4,380 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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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.  

    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
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    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
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Air Force Operations Research Analyst

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    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There are great high level projects that you can work out. Overall laid back environment.

    Cons

    The work does not seem very challenging. Overall lazy employees and bureaucracy makes it a tough environment for younger analyst to express new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    2A571/2A574 Crew Chief: Its what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Pay, TSP, training, tuition assistance, housing, camaraderie, travel (depending on your job), medical, on-base amenities (library, gym, etc.), promotion opportunity (somewhat job based), and then a decent pension at the end of 20 years. Working on aircraft can be pretty fun, and some of those trips were awesome.

    Cons

    Sometimes the deployments seem to go on forever, and then you are sent on frequent temporary duties. 12 hour shifts and weekend duty. Working on aircraft can drive you crazy. Dealing with the careerists that inevitably end up being in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership tries, but really I think they are ham strung by limited power, and a "buzz word of the week" mentality. I don't think looking to corporate America for ideas to improve the Air Force has been effective (Quality, LEAN, AFSO 21). Most would say making a mechanics back-shop more efficient is just common sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Aim High -- Fly, Fight and Win!

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Awesome organization with tons of developmental opportunities for individuals and teams, above and beyond the ability to make important missions happen every day to protect America's national security interests. Tremendous medical benefits as well.

    Cons

    Long hours and some family separation -- along with the occasional deployment overseas; but, then again, this work tempo parallels that of life outside the military when you're working for a high performance organization with high expectations of its people and mission success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Litigation Attorney for all aspects of EEOC and MSPB cases.

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    Current Employee - Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The hours are amazing. You can choose your own and also telework once per week. The team support is great.

    Cons

    They are downsizing periodically... also some private firms do not believe the work transfers well from the military to the civilian world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The downsizing is hard, both on those leaving and staying. I don't believe upper mgmt has been responsive enough. It is making the morale situation bad.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great organization to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Stability, growth and opportunities for promotion and world-wide travel. Awesome benefits package to include medical/dental care for you and your family.

    Cons

    Stagnation due to lack of available assignments could lead to medocrity by some employees. Pay scale is the same for al specialties based on rank (Food service worker makes the same as intelligence analyst)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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