US Department of Defense
3.8 of 5 412 reviews
www.defenselink.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.8 412 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(49 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "One of the most stable employers to work for with great job security"
    in 41 reviews
  • "There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "Often long hours required even as a civilian employee; Military culture dominates"
    in 23 reviews
  • "Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok"
    in 17 reviews
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Training Instructor (Current Employee)
Richmond, VA

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

ProsClimate controlled, clean, I love training Soldiers and Marines, not only their training needs, but about life outside the gates and what is takes to be successful.

ConsMost of my colleagues are retired military and that's all they know, the military. After years of riding the government bus, many are lazy, selfish, and petty, not knowledgeable of how the world operates outside the gates. More than 90% have a disability check of more than 50% and there's not a thing wrong with them other than smoking, drinking, and poor eating habits.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement programs and devise means to sniff out malingerers, like the insurance companies in the private sector. I have implemented the advanced leadership training that I have received, Myers Briggs, etc. My managers have not. They do not drill down into their organizations to see for themselves what is going on. So what happens is the good ole boy principals of being "in" or "out" in the knowledge circle is the norm, skating by on bare minimums without substantial results, and sleeping at the desk. This is a poor environment for a high performer who has to listen to his colleagues standing around for hours with a coffee cup in their hand, shooting the breeze and laughing out loud. They are robbing the customer, the taxpayer. Sounds harsh, but after working two years for the government I am planning my exit strategy as you read this note.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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DOD behind on technology and behind on pay and benefits.

Computer Scientist (Current Employee)
Fredericksburg, VA

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

ProsTelework, leave and credit hours.

ConsLeadership is top heavy, promotions are slow, bonuses are far a hard to get.

Advice to Senior ManagementCare about people more get involved with the little guy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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This was a great assignment,

Electronics Technician (Former Employee)
Tobyhanna, PA

I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexibility in assignments, but travel is required, the duties and responsibilities changed...

ConsThe long commute to the post...

Advice to Senior ManagementFor a government job the chain of command worked great and anything that was needed for the job was at my disposal

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a job that's hard to get fired from.

Network Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou will have a steady income stream

ConsA lot of individuals are Unmotivated

Advice to Senior ManagementRequire all team member to contribute

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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AIX Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA

I have been working at US Department of Defense as a contractor for more than a year

ProsI enjoyed working with high caliber, dedicated and committed people. The professionalism is evident in meetings where finger pointing is minimum and the search for solutions takes the highest priority.

ConsThe uncertainty of contracts means that there is an unnecessary distraction that can dissipate the focus of effort and the ongoing performance.

Advice to Senior ManagementEven though there is an appreciation of personal effort that is unstated it is sometime good to acknowledge, even privately is good.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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They've never let me down.

Electronics Technician (Current Employee)
Columbia, SC

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

ProsIt's like having a second family.

ConsThe hours are very long.

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Satisfying, steady, and rewarding career

Contract Specialist (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSolid promotion potential, time off incentives, adequate compensation

ConsBudget cuts, sequestration, hiring freezes.

Advice to Senior ManagementNot applicable.

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Army Reserves

Budget Officer (Current Employee)
Bryan, TX

I have been working at US Department of Defense part-time for less than a year

ProsThere is entrepreneurial opportunity to help mange the Defense Budget in the Reserve components. You can learn SAP (GFEBS/GCSS), Access, and Hyperion for free and add things on your resume by working or projects.

ConsTraveling once a month can be tiring.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My experience was great in terms of what I learned and with whom I worked.

Intelligence Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInsight into leading edge technology and international politics.

ConsSometimes slow to accomplish tasks because of the many policies and procedures.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Feels good to help the warfighter, but decisions based on politics as well as dead weight can be frustrating.

Computer Engineer (Current Employee)
Aberdeen, MD

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI was given lots of opportunities to incorporate feedback from warfighters into the products that we fielded. I enjoy knowing that the work I'm doing directly impacts the men and women protecting our freedom.

ConsMany decisions are made based on politics which doesn't always result in the best products and services for the warfighter. Also, many fellow employees are under-performers resulting in a majority of the work being completed by the few good employees who haven't left yet. Promotions are based solely on time of service with no exceptions for top performers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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