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    US Air Force Officer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation/Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aviation/Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I've had the privilege to work with amazing people and been able to travel and live all over the globe. The pay is reasonable (with all of the perks) and it is steady employment. The benefits are fine...tuition assistance, health care, dental, space available travel. Great team work atmosphere, where people can hone their leadership, followership and cross-functional integration skills.

    Cons

    It is truly a 24/7 job. Your family life takes back seat to your job and you could be away from your family quite a bit. Seems to be a large disconnect between senior leadership/decision makers and the action officers/worker bees. Middle staff/management seems to paint a rosier picture to top management instead of acknowledging certain issues. Its a tough time for all military branches right now with the cuts in manning...we are losing a lot of great people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the king. When the highest ranking Air Force officer tries to implement policies to assist the masses; i.e. no masters until O-6 level, help him enforce these policies. Stop forgetting the past. All of our problems seems to be cyclical and no one seems to learn from our past mistakes; manning, budget, various policies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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
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    Fantastic 30 year career!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Retired, 20 years active duty

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    • 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
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    Great Opportunity

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    • 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
  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.  

    Financial Management and Comptroller

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    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
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    Staff Sergeant/ Crew Chief

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    • 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
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    Worked with some of the Best People in the world!

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    • 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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