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  • Great Benefits; Salary was good; Diverse people; Ever changing work place (in 497 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are a bonus in accordance with the aforementioned information (in 122 reviews)


Cons
  • Lifestyle can be hard on family unit with long periods of being away from family (in 537 reviews)

  • Long periods of time spent away from home during training or deployment (in 213 reviews)

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  1.  

    US Army - from the infantry officer

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    Current Employee - INFANTRY BATTALION STAFF OFFICER in Clarksville, TN
    Current Employee - INFANTRY BATTALION STAFF OFFICER in Clarksville, TN

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    pension plan for those that stick in for 20 years. many soldiers feel they are serving a greater good and are really a part of a team. the salary isn't great, but it isnt that bad. across the board the compensation is average...but most people serving arent complaining. one will quickly learn more about politics and world events and cultural and military history. traveling is also a big bonus, but that can depend on the destination.

    Cons

    as an officer, after the first few years, the work can become very very strenuous. there are many jobs in the army that are relaxed and the expectations are not high. however in the operational world, one a Soldier makes captain - the slave mentality can take over. everyone is supposed to sacrifice for the greater good of the unit and the nation. therefore, work 60 hours weeks...now 70...no you cant get days off etc. Remember, your salary and benefits are fixed regardless of your production. there are no bonuses. also, people think the military is a meritocracy and filled with selfless individuals. the oppposite is true. just like any other large organization - the military is driven by people and their personalities and self interests. it is a decent organization, but one must remember that just wearing a uniform does not change the people wearing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Based on my experience, senior leaders at the BN and BCT level are solely performance driven. However, if everyone is worked like a slave for 2 years...no one will stick around for 20 (at least the top performers wont because of better job prospects). However, leadership is always worried about building an army of tomorrow. Training is part of that. mentoring is a far greater part of that. and part of mentoring is caring about the individual and not just product.

    To the army senior leadership (O-10, Appointment Level) - bring standards back. Try to recruit the best...and the efforts of the last 10 years is all talk. If anyone really wants to have the greatest army in the world - we need to revamp the personnel first.

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  2.  

    The long way ahead...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Drone in Fort Hood, TX
    Current Employee - Drone in Fort Hood, TX

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Medical and dental benefits for the family is by far the best thing about working for the Army. All dependents recieve free medical care, and reduced dental fees.

    Another good reason to work for the Army is that during your tenure in the service, you'll experience many lows, maybe even the bottom. Knowing what bottom looks like gives you a good idea where to go from there...

    Cons

    The immediate leadership is more concerned with taking care of themselves prior to ensuring subordinates have no issues, concerns or problems. That mentality goes hand in hand with the tendancy to give very vague guidance and instructions, send subordinates out to complete a task, and then berate and punish said subordinates when the task is not completed to standard.
    The Army is also notorious for having a "one indispensible person" that knows a critical job, and does not replace or train others in that job, resulting in said person being unable to take time off.
    There is also a tendancy to judge a book by it's cover in the Army as well, i.e. someone who is overweight is immediately labeled a dud or worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the NCO Creed. Think beyond yourself for a change. And if 99% of those around you have issues with you, then it's probably not them...

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Great Benefits long depployments

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Bragg, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Bragg, NC

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    The benefits and job training

    Cons

    There are many deployments and alot of time away from family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to quality of life issues and deployment rotation schedules for individual soldiers

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  5.  

    I am happy with the Army for the most part but the wrong people get promoted and slow the advancement of the Army.

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    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Franklin, PA
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Franklin, PA

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding, and the retirement package is outstanding.

    Cons

    The promotion system is unfair and Bias. Also it is an affirmative action employer but it want say that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the promotion system, and listen to your senior NCOs on matters of troop management and leadership actions.

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  6.  

    The U.S Army is one of the many avenues to success available in our country but its not for everyone...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - U Army Recruiter in Landover, MD
    Current Employee - U Army Recruiter in Landover, MD

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Job Security; outstanding medical benefits; travel to exotic destinations; challenging but rewarding assignments

    Cons

    Long deployments to combat zones that remove you from your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Treat each individual Soldier not as you were treated when you occupied their ranks, but as you would have liked to be treated! Too many senior leaders are unsympathetic to young Soldiers' concerns but rather view them with contempt instead of compassion, and can only offer this affront, "I did the same thing when I was...so you can do it too!" These leaders are DINOSAURS! I eagerly await their extinction!

    Recommends
  7.  

    Army rocks!! If youre not built for hard work, embracing the suck and a ton of running, dont join.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Private First Class in Fort Bragg, NC
    Current Employee - Private First Class in Fort Bragg, NC

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    job security. as long as you dont do something dumb. never pay rent. never have to pay for food, unless you cant bare one more meal at the defac. and someone always has your back. It is more than a job. you take more with you than a work skill. you get life training.

    Cons

    you work long hours for little pay in pocket but the outer benefits outweigh that if you just remember the big picture. full medical and dental i even got lasik surgery free! you have to run your tail off all the time but you look in the mirror and it was totally worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication between upper chain of command down to the bottom.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Army strong for military and civilians

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RCI Asset Manager in Fort Detrick, MD
    Current Employee - RCI Asset Manager in Fort Detrick, MD

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Feel I make a difference in providing quality service to service members and families. Compensation, vacation, sick time etc. Salary.

    Cons

    Political red tape. NSPS pay system to complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower you emloyees.

    Recommends
  9.  

    US Army - stable employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Army Civilian in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Army Civilian in Hampton, VA

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Institutional/civilian side of Army is stable work, great benefits, interesting projects focused on support national security and military forces. Great opportunity to serve nation.

    Cons

    Every one is an expert and willing to state a problem, give guidance, but not enough people are willing to get in details and develop solutions, step outside their regulatory bounds to do the right thing or make decisions. Too many layers of management and choke points for decision making. Too many people in Senior management culture are slow to change or embrace modern human capital management strategies. There is little career track progression or mentoring on civilian side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to working issues and accepting bad news. Ask to see more of the information in the back up slides. Delegate more decisions to subordinates.

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  10.  

    If you enlist, sign up for 3 years and if it's wrong for you it'll be over before you know it.

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    Current Employee - NCO in Fort Polk, LA
    Current Employee - NCO in Fort Polk, LA

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    To serve your country. Everything else is a bonus, don't do it unless you want to serve.

    Cons

    It gets pretty ridiculous how many regulations and rules there are. Garrison life is incredibly aggravating. You can get deployed and possibly maimed or killed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on trimming the regs down to something a mere mortal can comprehend. And make them universally available online, as well as requiring all post and unit regs to be viewable along with the regs that they modify.

    The same should be true with all the paperwork. The current system is just a mess.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    US Army Strong

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very good

    Cons

    Lack of family time. Long and frequent deployments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a fly on he wall every now and then and see how people work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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