US Department of Defense
3.8 of 5 452 reviews
www.defenselink.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.8 452 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(67 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 42 reviews
  • "There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance"
    in 17 reviews
Cons:
  • "Requires long hours, time away from your family and lack of upward mobility"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok"
    in 17 reviews
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    loved the people I worked with

    Medical Support (Former Employee)
    Bremerton, WA

    ProsDepartmental leadership was amazing and a relaxed environments

    Consavailable for advancement. stuck in that certain payscale and never qualified for the next step.

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

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    Very good

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Edgewood, MD

    ProsServe my country in an important mission

    ConsI have no negative comments

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no advice other than continue to do the right thing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat experience while working here

    ConsDemanding enviornment with high stress levels

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    Overall good place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work is meaningful which is a big plus. They also provide a good work life balance.

    ConsThere is a severe bottle neck at the top so you can only go so far so fast. They also have a union; which is just horrible in a white collar environment.

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGuaranteed pay check every 2 weeks

    ConsPoor management doesn't care for workers

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    Logistics Management Specialist (Former Employee)
    Warner Robins, GA

    ProsGreat job security working with the federal Government.

    ConsEmployee must be in control of career and must taking mentoring and networking into their own hands.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore management involvement to help with career development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee)
    Dayton, OH

    ProsTelework, flextime, health benefits, holidays, sick leave, and general agency policy is good. Working for the DOD is an excellent opportunity

    ConsDue to budget constraints, there are many unfilled vacancies that add an overwhelming job workload to each employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a great place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStability, family life is good. Able to establish great relationships.

    ConsLittle pay increases, furloughs inevitable. Hard to get a higher paying position. Pay and hiring freezes seem like they will never end!

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer your employees more ways to better themselves, more training, courses to take that can enhance their skills.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great breadth of knowledge to be obtained

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Wright Patterson AFB, OH

    ProsVery many opportunities to try new things. They have really done a good job of getting advanced education and force development programs going in the passed few years.

    ConsCommon knowledge of working for the government is the massive amounts of red tape you go through to get anything done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employment has been stable except for the sequester.

    Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee)
    Fort Knox, KY

    ProsStability - no plans to layoff employees

    ConsNo Pay Raises/Opportunities for advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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