US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

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US Defense Finance and Accounting Service Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
53 Reviews
3.2
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great job security, work can be boring.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    It pays the bills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3.  

    Pleasant experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, very flexible

    Cons

    Career growth was difficult in my field

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Military Pay Systems Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training, steady employment, co-workers, benefits, pay scale, work-life balance, telework opportunities

    Cons

    Hard to move around to other positions, beauracratic, difficult to advance (lack of promotion potential).

  6.  

    Acct Tech to LIM and Beyond!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you have small children, there's a daycare right on base. Promotions are very possible if you are a hard worker and show that you're serious about your job. Great opportunities for education and development. Benefits are as good if not better than the private sector. Pay is a little low but there is also a free fitness center and swimming pool on base, coupled with the daycare the benefits far outweigh the low pay.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who just don't care and don't want to be there. Upper Management doesn't seem to care or do anything about it. Some managers are horrible and should never have been promoted in the first place. Again no one i upper management seems to care or do anything about it. Upper Management also places silly demands on the bottom people without having a clue about what the impact might be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house! Get rid of poor performers, poor attitudes and bad managers. Hire people who want to work and want to make a difference. The bad seeds infect the rest of the employees lowering morale. Also think about what the impact down the chain will be before you start making silly demands.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Rewarding career and great group of people to work with and for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and challenging jobs

    Cons

    Government is always shaky, furloughs, BRAC, and low staffing with lots of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees and promote more from within. Longevity should also count for promotions

  8.  

    Acct tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for working parents. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Failure to address employee issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Where is the cheese?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment, very accomodating, even if you don't belong to the union, you are in a union, seniority is a big factor for advancement;

    Cons

    Difficult to advance if you come from private industry, must be an intern to advance, outside private industry mid career professionals scare the lifers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break out of the silo and manage the E2E processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    One of the best places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Technician in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Accounting Technician in Columbus, OH

    I worked at US Defense Finance and Accounting Service full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, training was excellent!

    Cons

    Working with thousands of employees, many avenues to travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the load with others who want to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    I was a Military Pay Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Military Pay Technician in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Military Pay Technician in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    The stability of a government job is hard to beat, and the benefits are very good, including insurance, 401k matching up to 5%, all federal holidays off, and some positions offer teleworking.

    Cons

    Some of the leadership got there by just not getting fired so some leaders didn't have some of the optimal skill sets that great leaders have. There is also lots of change in leadership between departments so you might have several bosses within the same year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like what I said above, focus on putting the right people into management and keep them in the same department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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