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US Air Force Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
4,465 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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    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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    Amazing people and opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing. High caliber, well educated and hard working. Full medical + dental benefits as well.

    Cons

    Deployments and time away from family (although this really depends on your AFSC (job type). Government budgetary issues also an issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to gain experience and discipline!

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    Current Employee - O4 - Air Force - Major in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O4 - Air Force - Major in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Awesome leadership, opportunities to input regarding organizational policies. Lots of challanges and training to help you grow. You gain experience working with both military and civilians, in the continental US and abroad.

    Cons

    I have not experienced many disadvantages working here. Sometimes you are selected for overseas duty that conflicts with your family life, education, etc, but that is a risk you take when you volunteer to work for a military organizaiton.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    US Air Force Officer.

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    Current Employee - Director of Programs in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director of Programs in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do -- it's fulfilling to be around others who share these core values.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge when being fully devoted to service to our nation, especially when deployed for months at a time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Service

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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

    Stability, Community, Pension, 30 days paid vacation per year

    Cons

    multiple moves, dangerous, antiquated promotion practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to keep focus on the people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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