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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
598 Reviews
3.8
598 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Valuable learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good salary, clean working environment, stable and safe.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Great benefits including medical and educational tuition assistance

    Cons

    Stressful, it never ceases with stress

  3.  

    Good benefits, little promotional opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The job has good benefits, vacation time, security, and schedule.

    Cons

    little promotion ability, limited professional challenge

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Everything my family and I need.

    Cons

    It can be subpar at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Once you become an government employee you are able to apply for positions that can truly help build your skillset to constantly apply for promotions around the world.

    Cons

    Having to deal with furlough and budget cuts. You can never truly be prepared to deal with issues like that.

  7.  

    Department of Defense

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    Current Employee - Cyber Crime Investigator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Cyber Crime Investigator in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    One of the pros of working for the Department of Defense is job security. Despite furloughs and budget cuts, the mission is essential to the government and can be a fulfilling agency to work for.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can sometimes be an issue; however, with federal holidays and liberal leave standards it is manageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the needs and value of their people, entrust the expertise and skills of those working for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    HR asst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    income, meet people, benefits, job, work/life balance

    Cons

    management, coworkers, favoritism, additional duties, supervisors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work for recent graduates

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Pretty secure job, work-life balance is good for people with families not so much for young people. Really good benefits such as health insurance, TSP, leave.

    Cons

    Work environment is really old school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Database Administrator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    You are working towards retirement

    Cons

    It is not enough to take care of the family

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great experience for a limited time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    You meet a lot of interesting people and get to work with fascinating material. Let's not forget that you also get a security clearance in the end.

    Cons

    It varies widely from office to office, and even within the office depending on who you're working for. Sometimes the work is mindless, even if you're working with interesting material. Little to no chance of getting a job unless you're a PMF. Unpaid.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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