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US Defense Finance and Accounting Service Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
59 Reviews
3.2
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, very flexible (in 5 reviews)

  • great organization, great benefits, feel very fortunate to serve (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Not enough people to do the job, too many hours working on server issues with no one to assist needing more support (in 3 reviews)

  • Hard to move around to other positions, beauracratic, difficult to advance (lack of promotion potential) (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have been working at DFAS for 4.5 years and all in all it's a great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work hard and take advantage of all the programs and opportunities you can, moving up the "food chain" isn't that difficult. The benefits are great. Depending on what area you're in, there is the opportunity to telework.

    Cons

    You will likely always be stuck with at least a few worthless coworkers - they won't pull their weight or even work at all. However, even if you go above and beyond to cover your work and theirs, you likely won't be recognized for your efforts and they won't be reprimanded for underperforming. Get used to working with people who don't work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand the need for the union but they either have far too much power or the Supervisors need a clear cut and simple way to discipline their employees leading up to and including termination. Employees who don't work have got to be DFAS's #1 morale killer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bloat Bloat Bloat

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Low Stress
    - Great benefits
    - Working to support our troops
    - Huge push to recruit young talent
    - Majority of current employees are near retirement age so a lot of leadership opportunities opening up

    Cons

    If you actually want to be productive and further your skill set, do not work here. There may be a lot of work to be done, but because of bureaucracy and stifling procedures you may actually one be productive 1/5 of the work week. You'll spend hours not being able to do work because it hasn't been approved yet. And much of the work that does get approved is fairly trivial stuff and often what could be accomplished by 1 person gets split out to 3 people just so everyone has at least one small thing to do. When people are sleeping at their desks, you know there is a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    I enjoy the work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of time off, telework available, and flexible scheduling. Ive been with DFAS for almost 10 yrs and enjoy coming into work everyday.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted here. Management tends to lean more towards people with a degree no matter what the degree is in. If you don't have a degree you can get passed by for someone who has it in underwater basket weaving. They just want the paper, they don't care what it's in. Also it's hard to get rid of bad employees so instead mgmt just ignores them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the bad employees out, they hurt morale.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    not the job you think it is

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Travel Pay Customer Service Representative in Rome, NY
    Former Employee - Travel Pay Customer Service Representative in Rome, NY

    I worked at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    stable hours 9-5 or whatever your hours are m-f not much for OT (govt doesn't want to pa for it)

    Cons

    too many people who don't really care just a govt job. Unstable they had a time that it almost was shut down and as the customer service department I was in you had 2 options to move to Cleveland or Columbus from which you signed you would do if necessary. If any facility drops below 1000 positions then it has the POSSIBILITY of being closed by the govt from which last year with the furlough they had it almost shut down and therefore you would have been offered a job in one of those other cities or not get unemployment. Union is spineless and useless. Long probationary period so they can just get rid of you if they dont like you no matter how good of a job you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mangent like people who kiss but and not the people who actually care to help the military service members, spouses, other govt employees that deserve 100% of your attention and to fix it the first time RIGHT instead of passing the buck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Pay sucks but it's a stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    Pros

    Lots of room for promotion

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low but it'll get you in the federal payroll

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Too many accounting technicians here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, plenty of time off, all American feel

    Cons

    Too many overqualified accounting techs. Many could easily be accountants or financial professionals. Techs do much more work than the accountants (although some of the accountants/finance people are overworked too)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who have qualifications that fit the job. They don't take qualifications seriously. Some of the techs have degrees in Accounting while some of the Accountants have no degree at all!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    Pros

    Lots of training and advancement opportunities for those willing to take advantage of them and willing to put forth more than the minimum effort required by the job.

    Cons

    Antiquated systems do not accommodate changes rapidly, if at all. This can challenge the ability of the organization to adequately accomplish the mission required. Ultimately leads to customer dissatisfaction and reduced employee morale.

  9.  

    It pays the bills.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    Pros

    Easy to take time off. Work isn't too difficult. Can get overtime pay on top of your salary. If you get into the LIM program you can move up faster.

    Cons

    Once you reach GS 11, you will have a hard time getting promoted to a GS 12. There just aren't that many available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the propaganda about why we are here. It won't get the work done any faster.

  10.  

    Pleasant experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civilian Pay in Lawrence, IN
    Current Employee - Civilian Pay in Lawrence, IN

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, very flexible

    Cons

    Career growth was difficult in my field

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great job security, work can be boring.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Systems Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Financial Systems Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security second to none. Benefits are excellent. Work from home opportunities are great. Management philosophy is trying to change. Great opportunity to support the military service men and women.

    Cons

    Too many managers. Some can be good-ole boy and micro-managers. Hard to move around and move up. Budget cuts have eliminated a lot of lateral and upward movement potential. Just not hiring or promoting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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