US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
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Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 27 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Often long hours required even as a civilian employee; Military culture dominates (in 29 reviews)

  • Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok (in 17 reviews)

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  1. I do not recommend this employer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This employer offers a liberal time-off policy.

    Cons

    Low pay, toxic leaders, inadequate training, obsolete data systems, nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    I do not feel that my opinion matters to management.

  2. SNCOIC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great leadership responsibility, using creativeness and willing to be great at a what you do.
    Plenty of opportunities to grow and be part of something special.

    Cons

    Structure, structure, structure be ready to be put in leadership responsibility even if you aren't ready. Leadership is the bottom line, if you aren't ready you'll be standing by watching.

  3. My opionion

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    Current Employee - Lead IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work with some job security

    Cons

    Management had complete control of career. No viable EEO program

    Advice to Management

    Start a valid and robust EEO program!

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  5. Cnatra = Chief Naval Air Training

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good that's about it.

    Cons

    Buildings are infested with Rats and Possums.
    Supervisors are the worst they practice the "good ol boy act." in other words don't expect any advances or promotions. They all lie to get what they want, and it's been proven.
    They removed every incentive the DOD has given every department to promote a good working environment
    They try to save money by having there employees do the dirty maintenance work, down to having you to take out your own trash to the trash container outside. We don't even have a recycling bin for non PII.
    They post positions when they already have somebody in line to hire for that position. Then they turn around tell everybody to apply because its a good chance they might get selected but no interviews are done.
    I have seen 1st hand VET's get passed on promotions by management only to find out that the opportunity was given to a Civilian buddy.

    Advice to Management

    Be more responsible, learn how to operate a department.
    You see so many private sector companies hiring Vets you should think about doing the same.

  6. Valuable learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, clean working environment, stable and safe.

    Cons

    Limited advancement, no raises often, long hours, weekend work sometime.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on development of employees, train management, team building, promote more people within

  7. US Military

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Cherry Point, NC
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Cherry Point, NC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendships, SOME travel, professional and personal skills

    Cons

    No time for school, terrible pay for all the hours worked. Over worked, over stressed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do it.

  8. I have had a wide range of supply chain experience.

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    Current Employee - Supply Technician in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Supply Technician in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The TSP program is very good. See different places and meet many people

    Cons

    I would have to say I haven't had any raise or bonus in 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Give a cost of living raise every year. We aren't the individuals getting these million dollar bonus's. We are barely making a living during these times.

  9. DOD security.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good medical insurance. Overtime every day. Live and work in hawaii.

    Cons

    Bosses do not take care of the workers. Forced Overtime. Military people think civilan workers fall under the military. Don't work in Hawaii. It sucks

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the workers. Remember, the workers make you look good

  10. Go to school

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    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Traveling the world, steady income, benefits such as housing , food allowance, clothing allowance, medical, TSP, and retirement in 20 years.

    Cons

    Salary for what can be 100+ hours per week, no one gets rich, under contract.

    Advice to Management

    Make conflict resolution mandatory training. Create a human resources so that rules are equal for all employees.

  11. Eyes wide shut

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at US Department of Defense as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding salary, with upgrades to war zone service.

    Cons

    Was injured at work, before attaining the magic permanent status. In addition, I left a high paying position with a contractor, based on DOD need and promises. As soon as I was headed overseas, after my office fought for over 6 months to get me for specific skills, the higher ups cancelled the position and would have sent me home jobless, but I was hurt about a month before the cancellation was announced. Uncle Sam does NOT follow the Worker's Comp rules they make everyone else follow.

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