US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Little teaching

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The training available to you is excellent. You'll have the opportunities to earn countless certificates that translate well to the real world.

    Cons

    You don't have to know anything to keep your job. Bare minimum is knowing how to turn the equipment on and pass a PT test.

    Advice to Management

    It's time you understand that a soldier being able to perform well on the PT test does not make them a good soldier. I saw too many SATCOM operators who could run and do pushups but barely knew how to turn the computer on.


  2. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leader, Assistant Ops Planner in Fort Polk, LA
    Current Employee - Leader, Assistant Ops Planner in Fort Polk, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    To serve the country is an honor.. Not many brave enough do it.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have situations that take time away from family

    Advice to Management

    Protect all aspects of the right to be Free


  3. Administrator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The facility is new and working conditions in the facility are excellent. The commute is relatively easy with a drive time of 45 minutes in each direction. The hours are flexible and the staff is easy to get along with.

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement or even lateral movement within the organization. Performance awards are meager and being downsized. Upper management does not appear to be interested in improving conditions or offering incentives for superior performance.

    Advice to Management

    Take a greater interest in your employees input and offer opportunities for advancement or lateral movement within the organization.


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  5. Good fit for a safety professional.

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

    I have been working at US Department of Defense (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots to learn, very challenging environment if you want it to be. It's also a very broad career field and deals with everyone's occupations.

    Cons

    Working for civil service is difficult when trying to manage time and completing all tasks that are assigned to you.

    Advice to Management

    I I I I I I I I No comment. I I I I I I I I


  6. 96 TG

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Alamogordo, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Alamogordo, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    96 TG- Best place to work

    Cons

    The women at the TSS are all hateful and mean.

    Advice to Management

    Help the new people


  7. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Guaranteed salary based off 40 hours unless there's a furlough and your hours are cut, (this is rare). You still get paid by the hour so if you need to work more than 40 you get paid overtime, can't say that for most salaried positions. Automatic raises, tenure (job security), choose from many different health insurance companies, matching contributions to TSP (401k) account, plus pension.

    Cons

    Extremely political bureaucratic hierarchy where bosses simply drill tasks down the chain and promote based on whoever panders to them best, as opposed to more talented individuals. There are some bosses who bring their military attitude inappropriately into a civilian workplace. Worst of all, most projects are considered "acquisition", where the actual fun engineering work (such as coding for software engineers) is done by contractors, and simply reviewed by government employees. If you are lucky, the development is done in house, and you get to code, but if you aren't lucky, you wind up on an acquisition project reviewing code or reviewing documents about code, or reviewing documents that have nothing to do with software at all.

    Advice to Management

    Actually learn how to do the tasks you give your subordinates.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Purchasing Agent/Buyer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Stable, secure work place; job stability.

    Cons

    To much micro management. prefer to work with less...


  9. DCMA Quality Assurance Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QAS DOD-DCMA in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - QAS DOD-DCMA in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    QA field is probably the toughest in DCMA because there is so much responsibility and requirements to do.

    Cons

    QA personnel are the middle between the customer and the contractor so both sides can be demanding and stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Make clear guidelines to follow. That's the hardest thing to do now is following policy that doesn't apply to the job field correctly.


  10. Program analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working conditions and benefits

    Cons

    Not much promotional potential anymore

    Advice to Management

    Need to look at individuals more and not just be a number


  11. Navy- people and processes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - US Navy Sailor in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - US Navy Sailor in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, training, experiences and multi-cultural environment provide unique opportunities.

    Cons

    Deployments are extremely difficult on families.

    Advice to Management

    Effective communication with junior personnel and supervisors.



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