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US Air Force Reviews in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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  • 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.  

    Great experience. The key is to stay marketable and take advantage of every opportunity you have to improve yourself.

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    Former Employee - Security Forces in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Former Employee - Security Forces in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great real world job experience, Awesome education opportunities, Ability to promote at a reasonable rate and working with some of the best people you will ever meet. Co-workers become family and are there to support you no matter what. You will make life time friends from all over the US and even the world.

    Cons

    Depending on your job the Cons will differ. The most notable is the time away from family and friends while deployed overseas. Some jobs deploy more than others. The rest of the most common Cons are the same type of stuff you will hear from any other jobs. At some point you may have a supervisor you don't like or work long hours without days off for extended periods of time. You will learn to embrace the suck or else the military in general will be a one time enlistment/commission. Its not for everyone but the Pros outweigh the Cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people. Airmen are the most valuable asset the Air Force has. The past several years military leaders have lost sight of that in my opinion. Especially those leaders that have the burden of working the budget.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Can be rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Acquisition Test Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Acquisition Test Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Diverse range of jobs available if you are assertive and seek them out. Ability to move around the country (or overseas if desired) if you are willing to to mobile. Your work environment can be as pleasant as you are willing to make it! Good opportunities for further education.

    Cons

    Government politics. Laws & regulations that are required to be followed in the acquisition process could be lightened up a bit. Too many rules is counterproductive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Imposing the PME requirement on civilians if fine. In fact, I surprisingly enjoyed ACSC. My only gripe is that if it's a mandate, then a few hours a week should be allotted to complete the program. This is how all other training is handled.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of opportunity for young and inexperienced, difficult to mature

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for young and inexperienced

    Cons

    difficult to mature in your career, mostly leads to technical management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want project managers don't hire engineers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    All the best and the worst in one job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Acquisition Test Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Acquisition Test Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is achievable. 3 hr. PT time per week is great.

    Cons

    Synergy in communication and standardization is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much power on the Acquisition Chain side of the house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Former Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits, flexible hours (sometimes), great people, lots of travel. Plenty of opportunities to learn from experienced engineers. As an engineer in the military, you will get experience with many large programs and budgets which can be great for a resume.

    Cons

    red tape, too many meetings, budget issues. Very few chances to do true engineering work. USAF likes to use engineers as PMs. Your technical experience as an engineer could easily be lacking as you progress, forcing you into more management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    20 years well spent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Active Duty Military in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Active Duty Military in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    A lifetime of experience, training, and mentorship while serving something bigger than yourself. The Air Force is unique among the other services where it actually has a regionally accredited college that awards Associate Degrees based on credits Enlisted Airmen recieve for military training. Additionally they have a graduate school that officers can recieve degrees focused on the sciences, math and engineering focuses.

    Cons

    Not a job for everyone but worthwhile. There are high expectation for those that serve.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Acq + Intel - Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - O3 - Air Force - Captain in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    - Come for the benefits, stay for the people
    - Good benefits (or at least worry--free benefits, for now) i.e. retirement pay, Roth TSP, medical, base facilities, access to metropolitan parking in some cases, travel if you like to travel, etc...
    - Training and education opportunities
    - Civilian hours in the Acq world
    - The AF will take good care of you and your family

    Cons

    - Job security is not what it was
    - You may have to move every few years or months (this may be a pro for some)
    - Bureaucratic bs - try it for 2 years or less and you will understand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make real decisions instead of "reorganizing" every 2 years. Program overschedule/overbudget/underperforming? Don't be afraid to make that "cut" recommendation and stick with it. Just because politicians want to add pork to their districts doesn't mean you have to agree.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Communications

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    Current Employee - Communications Security Accountant in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Communications Security Accountant in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The health benefits cannot be matched.

    Cons

    Management became to overbearing and the pay is not worth the sacrifices made.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very nice

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    Current Employee - Security Forces in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Security Forces in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, great vacation

    Cons

    Loud boss man, and travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does it matter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I've been privileged to serve in the USAF for the past 20 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Job security if you do your job and follow the rules. The AF is not for everyone.

    Cons

    We have been at war for 13 years and there are impending budget cuts. Expect to deploy and realize you will be expected to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your subject matter experts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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