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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
490 Reviews

3.7
490 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Great job security working with the federal Government (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Requires long hours, time away from your family and lack of upward mobility (in 28 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Used to be great place to work

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    Current Employee - Section Chief, Network Security  in  San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Section Chief, Network Security in San Angelo, TX

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

    Pros

    Highly structured, clear expectations, higher sense of purpose/accomplishment

    Cons

    Job security, constant budget cuts, no training, too many "additional duties" and "ancillary training requirements", have generally done a poor job integrating the military/civilian workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Every year we hear about how we have to reduce our budget to save money (resulting in tech refresh or training dollars being cut), yet every year we still see an orgy of spending come August/September of money we "have to spend" so it doesn't get taken out of our budget next year... and usually it is being spent last minute on stuff we really don't need. We've also gotten past the part where we can "do more with less". Senior leaders really need to do a better job of prioritizing work and eliminating the tasks that aren't that important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Staff Officer

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    Current Employee - Staff Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Department of Defense is a great place to gain experience, and at the same time, serve the country. Training and education opportunities are available for many people.

    Cons

    Extremely poor senior management with a short-sighted view of current and future personnel requirements. Merit is not a consideration in personnel moves, which is difficult to comprehend to the uninitiated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees, retire so new people can take charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work/life balance, but professionally unfulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Work/Life balance
    - Pay (in spite of stereotypes stating the opposite)
    - Benefits (i.e., vacation, sick leave, compressed schedule, etc.)

    Cons

    - Limited ability to influence work due to contracts in place
    - Large bureaucracy
    - No mechanism in place to motivate poor performers (reliance on "horses")
    - Frustrating when ideas are squashed because contractors are really in charge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is good, but they are beholden to the contracts that are signed and the systems that are in place. This is not the place to be if you enjoy hands on, creative, innovative work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    But we've always done it this way!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice work/life balance, flexible hours and beautiful scenary

    Cons

    culture, management, bad employees that do not work yet cannot get fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Safe Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off. The locations of jobs are good, there are several types to choose from.

    Cons

    Red Tape, dealing with leadership that doesn't understand your role. I used to be very happy working at the local base level however, things seem to be getting worse. Lots of rules coming down that require more work but we have less people. These rules don't make much sense in my field and as a result it causes a lot of frustration. I'm happy with my current position but not content.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Job Security

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    Former Employee - Logistics Management Specialist  in  Warner Robins, GA
    Former Employee - Logistics Management Specialist in Warner Robins, GA

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great job security working with the federal Government.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management involvement to help with career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Human Resource Specialist

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great breadth of knowledge to be obtained

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    US Navy

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    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor  in  Camp Lejeune, NC
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor in Camp Lejeune, NC

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

    Pros

    Steady Job. Job Security. Reasonable pay. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Long Hours some days. Pay can sometimes be affected during budget crisis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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