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US Army Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
6,598 Reviews
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Pros
  • 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.  

    Senior Human Resources Manager who specialized in Congressional/Presidential inquiries

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - General in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Army

    Pros

    I have strong people skills and great at problem solving. I am able to multitask and like to see all my projects through. I can be a workaholic at times. I am also a team player and lead by example. I have been in the Human Resources (HR) field for many years and familiar with all HR aspects. I believe is work is complete and caught up that there should be some time off or early release. A happy employee is a good employee. I am used to being compensated on a base salary because of my military tenure but I would hope that I could make close to what I made in the Army, about 90K but flexible.

    Cons

    There was not much personal growth because I was in transition and a part-time student. I have worked with many negative people but able to adjust under those circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I am considered for a job with your company, you will be getting an eager, motivated, team player who is willing to go that extra mile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Better Than The Commercial, Maybe Not As Exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Military Intelligence in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military Intelligence in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Army

    Pros

    Professional training, experience, and opportunities! Great benefits, pay, and travel!

    Cons

    Others too often focus on self instead of team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "True leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders." Develop your subordinates!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Well put together and scary organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Old Guard Soldier in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Old Guard Soldier in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Army full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Out of this world toughening experience. Nothing that could ever be imagined even through observation. The experience makes life view and worldview different

    Cons

    Terrible depression and exhaustion. Frustration and fatigue elevate sadness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be bad people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An Excellent Way to Kick Start Your Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - O5 - Army - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - O5 - Army - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Army full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Army is a great way to learn to organize your life, focus on what's important and gain invaluable experience that you won't find anywhere else. I thoroughly enjoyed my 22 years of service in the Army. Yep, there are bumps in the road anywhere you go. Focus on the task at hand and you will do very well. I don't regret for a moment my choice to enter the Army as a career.

    Cons

    You don't always get the "perfect" assignment. You may not advance a quickly as you would like. Competition can be tough. But life is all about challenges. Make the most of it and the rewards will be there for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a sharp eye out for the people who have exceptional talent and reach out to mentor them along the way. Learning with good advice from superiors is truly motivating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    US Army

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O5 - Army - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O5 - Army - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Global mission, plenty of education benefits/OJT, promotion opportunities, etc. It's a great place to learn about yourself and others while serving your Nation.

    Cons

    Global mission, very often you don't have control over your time or future, and you write a blank check to the government that provides your life as collateral. Great service opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing - the Big Green Machine is unstoppable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best decision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resource Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Resource Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Army full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership opportunities, mentorship and professional development

    Cons

    Time away from family and lack of predictability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect your Soldiers and their families from diminishing pay and benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great organization.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CID Special Agent in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - CID Special Agent in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Ability to travel. Potential for growth.

    Cons

    Relocations can be difficult on family members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good enough for government work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Stable position, decent pay, good hours.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and motivation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good for the right person

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    that there is stability, a lot of vacation days as well as other free paid off.

    Cons

    That you have little control over your life. It is not always clear when you will be finishing for day. A lot of poor leaders who only manage by threats and fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that it is 2014 and the world has changed and managing people who actually think has changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't believe the hype.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 25N in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - 25N in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good job training, decent amounts of leave and decent benefits. Always have time to work out. Most basic human needs met without cost to individual.

    Cons

    More and more incompetents are leaking into the higher ranks due to absurd amounts of nepotism and bad politic. Most "bosses" are incompetent and will gladly stab as many people in the back as possible to move ahead. You almost never need to know how to do your job and can quickly pass blame to inferiors. The organization is also very sexist. There has been much controversy about sexual assault recently and just the fact that it's being whispered about is more than enough reason to be wary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your metrics for defining who and who isn't a valid candidate for promotion. I know plenty of soliders who can't do their jobs at all but can play the system and get exactly what they want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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