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US Army Reviews in Tacoma, WA

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
5,239 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Benefits; Salary was good; Diverse people; Ever changing work place (in 347 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are a bonus in accordance with the aforementioned information (in 102 reviews)


Cons
  • Deployments away from family are definitely a negative for this organization (in 450 reviews)

  • Long periods of time spent away from home during training or deployment (in 174 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Career!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Creates a Lifetime of opportunity!

    Cons

    schedule is Unpredictable at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adhere to Training Schedules, and reduce admin constraints

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A true life adventure and discovery of self. A wonderful way to serve your country and enjoy an extraordinary life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Healthcare Specialist (MEDIC)  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Healthcare Specialist (MEDIC) in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Travel, meeting new people, being challenged, being part of a unique community, and receiving the opportunity to receive on the job training, advanced training opportunities, and earning money for college all the while being able to receive tuition assistance while on active duty to earn a masters degree of choice.

    Cons

    Uprooting family members to move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forecast change of duty assignments at least one-year out, anything less than that can become a true burden on the family.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Logistics Professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Management Specialist  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Logistics Management Specialist in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Great experience and opportunity. Opportunity to see the world and become a well rounded professional.

    Cons

    War time and constantly away from family.

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  5.  

    Unique experience that developed soft skills but limited hard skills.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Special Forces Engineer  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Special Forces Engineer in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    If you want to develop team interaction skills and leadership there is no better place. Compensation is fair. Benefits are superb. Get into an MOS that will provide some hard skills that make you employable getting out such as in tech, security clearances, engineering, logistics, etc. I worked with the best people on the planet in the military and miss that.

    Cons

    If you don't get a useful MOS, you are going to leave with zero hard skills so employment will be challenging. Experience can be highly dependent on the leadership you have as they can make your life miserable for whimsical reasons if they wish. There will be no work-life balance at all but you should expect that coming in. So if you have a family, it will be very challenging to maintain a healthy family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the recreants and politicians and start promoting the warriors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awarding, but just a number

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O3 - Army - Captain  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - O3 - Army - Captain in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Unique Experience, amazing benefits, good pay, able to make big impacts around the world.

    Cons

    Just a number, hard on your body, toxic leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove toxic leaders

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A career in the Army requires high tolerance for busy work and unreasonable expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Combat Medic  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Combat Medic in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Mediocre pay and healthcare. You can get some college transfer credit for skills learned.

    Cons

    Not good enough pay for the hours you work, requires God like patience and unethical behavior to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the SGM positions and stop making rules just because you have the power to make rules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great and Positive Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Adventurous, Challenging, Fulfilling. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Constantly relocating every 3-4 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It can be stressful when you are force to work outside the box, filling in positions that are vacant not relevant to your field and expecting equal or better results as if it is your primary job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Transitioning engineer officer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Officer  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer Officer in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Unrivaled leadership training and opportunities. The Army gives opportunities for growth that simply cannot be matched in the civilian career. The amount of responsibility a new officer will have far exceeds what almost any of his peers will have in the corporate world.

    Cons

    A very large amount of the opportunities that you are offered are completely out of your control. There are fantastic career opportunities; however, there is a sizeable degree of chance involved when pursuing any Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the accessions system. Award top performance, not complacency and mediocrity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I wouldn't trade the experience in for anything in the world

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - All-Source Intelligence Analyst  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - All-Source Intelligence Analyst in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Opportunity for personal and professional growth

    Cons

    There were times of personal opinions towards the work-life balance, versus a standard like everything else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It seems like the system will adapt to whatever situation its in

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    SGT

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Sgt  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Sgt in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    It is a great place to have a career. I the opportunities to advance are unlimited. You can take pride in what you do.

    Cons

    You spend a lot of time away from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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