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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
4,655 Reviews
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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.  

    United States Air Force

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MSgt - USAF in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - MSgt - USAF in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Air Force has a lot to offer including job security, excellent benefits, first class training and education opportunities, and travel. Additionally, for the most part, the people you work with are passionate about their jobs and willing to make sacrifices many others would run from. Through my AF service, I have gained a first class education and a varied and unique level of experience.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is that once you have chosen either an enlisted or officer track, it is difficult (an later in your career, impossible) to advance beyond a certain rank. As the Air Force does not have Warrant Officers, senior enlisted are limited in their opportunities for advancement.

    Additionally, the nature of military service is a two edged sword. On the one hand, deployments offer great opportunities, but on the other, the require great sacrifice from the member and their families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a warrant officer track for enlisted, who want to continue to progress beyond the enlisted ranks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Values, steady pay, training, travel opportunities, mentoree/mentorship opportunities, leadership opportunities, health and dental care, camaraderie, education

    Cons

    slower than 'sister services' in promotions, wait and see approach to promotions and job location assignments, below average pay versus responsibility of the job at hand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider allowing promotion opportunities twice per year, improve the selection process for assignments by placing more emphasis on specific skills needed at a location rather than 'plug and play' with general career field (this need can be the need identified by the gaining unit's leadership - e.g. one option... leadership is given multiple names that fit and can have the opportunity to select individuals based solely on their training and experiences listed in their file, with all identifying data removed)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Brace for bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, people, travel opportunities and pay. The support network in the DoD is incredible and the leave policy is compelling.

    Cons

    A top down environment with little freedom to improve the organization. If you are the sort to question the status quo and improve the way business is done, you will probably grow frustrated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Co-workers shared their professional knowledge,

    Cons

    Lack of training but the benefits and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for each job is a must, since all employers require different requirement from their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities but less control of life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Tricare and health benefits
    Salary and compensation
    Free services (legal, etc)
    Traveling

    Cons

    Less control in location/job
    Increasing PC culture
    Meetings
    Deployments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people to have more control over their jobs/assignments

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

    A long wild ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    respect of family and friends

    Cons

    Getting deployed with little to no notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent leadership messaging - avoid whip saw force management actions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still in need of competent--and bold--leaders.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Excellent people, great opportunities to do exciting and exotic things.

    Cons

    The promotion system for senior leaders just plain does....not....work. I have seen great officers get passed over for an additional star while toxic leaders and incompetents get rewarded. Additionally, senior leaders (including the current CSAF) seem to have little idea on those issues that are important to the force and should be addressed. In short, they are lacking vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement 360-degree reviews like the Army does so that you can gain visibility into the different leadership performances of your senior leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Staff Sergeant/ Crew Chief

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Travel and tight knit community

    Cons

    Long hours and limited freedoms

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Retired, 20 years active duty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Worked with some of the Best People in the world!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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