US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
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Pros
  • work life balance is exceptional (in 27 reviews)

  • you will have great job security (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long hours and work never changes (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. Proud to serve

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Civil servant duty / honor; Work life balance

    Cons

    Many organizations and leaders resistant to change; Hard to promote quickly; hard to get rid of underperforming employees; many strict policy guidelines


  2. Best Job Ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Program Analysis and Evaluation in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director Program Analysis and Evaluation in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission is exciting and full of purpose. Challenges are enormous and complex. Provides extreme environment and high stakes for problem-solving skills. Honorable coworkers.culture is extremely humble and genial but very serious.

    Cons

    unbelievably slow moving. Intense organizational complexity and bureaucracy stymies decision-making. suffocation by 1000 bandages is normal.

    Advice to Management

    Except the decision-making will never rival private industry. Find an ad business people to innovate in operations Unrelated to combat.abandon the defense business board and science board.


  3. Great Cause; Slow Progress

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Serving my country at the Pentagon was the highest honor of my career. I felt like I making a difference every day and really felt like a part of all of our international engagements. It was a great feeling going to work every day.

    Cons

    Making change there takes a really long time. I would trade the experience for anything in the world but at times the lack of progress weighed me down. Every action is slow and methodical and it takes time to figure out how to make a difference and then more time to actually make the difference.

    Advice to Management

    Continue training and entrusting the next generation. You won't be there forever and you really need to leave the place in capable hands.


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  5. Great experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Honors Legal in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Honors Legal in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Important projects and impressive colleagues.

    Cons

    Occasional bureaucratic road blocks to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep mentoring!


  6. DoD is a good place to work... most of the time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Representative, Leader, Liaison in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Representative, Leader, Liaison in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, service to others and the country, able to help people

    Cons

    Don't always agree with politics, risk of awful leaders, slow advancement, less pay

    Advice to Management

    Shrink!


  7. Senior Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Ability to contribute to National Security and work on leading edge technology challenges. Stability of working for the government (most of the time)

    Cons

    Classic challenges of working in a big company. The HR system is not designed to move fast. Sequestration.

    Advice to Management

    People are the most important asset the DoD has.


  8. Career Military Officer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Serving your Country; taking care of troops; contributing to society; outstanding collegiality among fellow warriors and leaders; solid pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Not always a "con", but some see separation from family and/or loved ones due to constant potential for deployment to hostile areas as a significant variable, as may be the potential for frequent family moves.

    Advice to Management

    Department of Defense leaders should continue to listen to lower grade, middle grade, and senior grade officers and non-commissioned officers regarding the current state and the future of the Armed Services.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fair Job, Good Benefits

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

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

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working on the subject matter (country security and stability), the benefits of working a fairly predictable schedule, and meeting a bunch of good people

    Cons

    It is a beauracracy and I sometimes find it hard to see my impact on DoD policy

    Advice to Management

    Look to see how to enable your lower work force to laterally move to other jobs and reward their efforts and desires to grow and further develop themselves.


  10. Well Established Traditional Industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Product Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of Defense (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generally very well organized and traditional. Get to work with cutting edge equipment and technology. Physical goods instead of digital goods.

    Cons

    Established industry that is very rigid. It is extremely hard for young professionals to move ahead. In some instances, innovation is not celebrated and embraced.

    Advice to Management

    Allow new ideas regardless of what level it comes from. Some of the best ideas come from low ranking individuals.


  11. Chief Executive Officer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Meaningful work with wonderful people in most cases

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging

    Advice to Management

    Talent Management!



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