US Air Force Reviews in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
4,233 Reviews
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 127 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 281 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 305 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 373 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    20 years well spent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Acq + Intel - Great People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Communications

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  7.  

    Very nice

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Security Forces Patrol Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Medical Benefits, Educational Opportunities, Dependable,

    Cons

    Away from loved ones, continuous stress

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Educational and Entry-level

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - All-Source Analyst in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - All-Source Analyst in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Great flight chiefs, job security and stability, decent income, sustainable stress level, flexibility to work as long as you put in 8 hour days, independence, security clearance, military-civilian relationship

    Cons

    Security clearance and reportable items, poor team leads, micromanagement, ambiguous training process, suspicion of intelligence work and paranoia, military-civilian relationship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Command and Control

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Command and Control in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Command and Control in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Great Medical and Dental care.

    Cons

    The PT Test should not have an impact on your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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