US National Guard
3.9 of 5 176 reviews
www.arng.army.mil Jonesboro, AR 5000+ Employees

US National Guard Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.9 176 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

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Frank J. Grass

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87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Opportunity to serve your country, to earn educational benefits and learn important life skills"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great benefits, Helps pay for school, pretty decent pay for little experience"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "low compensation, late compensation and long hours"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Time away from family and missing important family functions"
    in 6 reviews
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    Enlisted Soldier Review

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are many pros to being Enlisted in the Army. The main pros are:
    -The People
    -The Benefits
    -The Experiences home and abroad
    -Honor
    -Pride

    ConsThe cons of being an enlisted soldier:
    -The Pay
    -The Contractual Agreements
    -Hours at times can be difficult with a family
    -Deployments you may or may not agree with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership is everything. An enlisted soldier will do anything for a leader who is willing to do it themselves.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad experience

    Team Leader (Current Employee)
    Geneva, NY

    ProsGood opportunities, learn things you can't anywhere else. Freedom to still have your own life while serving.

    ConsCan make maintaining civilian employment difficult. There is a degree of good ole boy system at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMOre should be based on merit, not who likes who.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    What an experience!

    Cannon Crew Member (Former Employee)
    Fort Sill, OK

    ProsI believe there are many great benwfits to working for this Army. For me, the best reasons to work here are the experiences you receive during and the lessons you are taught after. I loved the experience.

    ConsNow the challenges are a little more annoying. If you can take sleeping uncomfortably, eating crappy food, and working all day while learning great things, then the army is for you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Retirement after 25 years

    Battalion Supply SGT (Current Employee)
    Lawton, OK

    ProsYou can retire after 20 years with 50% of your pay.

    ConsTime away from family and missing important family functions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have to work hard and do more than your share to get promoted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unrealistic expectations due to downsizing and budget constraints.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAs a soldier, serving your country is a great honor, and priveledge. Pay and benefits are very competetive.

    ConsDue to downsizing of the organization due to budget cuts, the environment changed to a cutthroat and overly competetive battlefield where colleagues undermine and sabotage each other to get ahead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake responsibility for your actions and take care of your people who have been faithful to you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive experience. Recommend constantly to others.

    Recruiter (Current Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsPay and benefits are outstanding. Pay is great since I have been with the organization for many years. Educational and health benefits are great.

    ConsLong hours in recruiting. It is a non-stop cycle of getting people in and then trying to retain them. Recognition for hard work is sometimes lacking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best and Longest Serving Branch of the United States Military

    Retired Army National Guard and City Police Officer (Current Employee)
    Bremerton, WA

    ProsAs a military organizational, the United States National Guard is committed to its dual role as a highly trained combat element during a time of war and its first responder role, during regional disasters. As a reserve component, a vast number of National Guard Soldiers and Airman come from various occupations that make the men and women of the National Guard a highly versatile organization. During the last 13 years the role of the National Guard has changed from being a Strategic Force to a fully integrated Operation Force.

    ConsFor those, who want to serve in the National Guard. Remember that this organization is a component of the United States Military.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider taking the Army and Air Force Reserve and merging them into the National Guard. This will reduce duplication and costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just what you might expect from Federal employment.

    Combat Engineer (Former Employee)
    Riverton, UT

    ProsGetting in shape. Being educated in skills which might help you earn more money.

    ConsThis is a difficult employment if you have a differing viewpoint from that of your superiors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTighten up that budget. Those are tax-payer dollars you are spending.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    National Guard success is only as good as the leadership

    Logistics Administration and Personnel Management (Current Employee)

    ProsThe degree of proficiency is superior. The Army values are the focus of every duty assignment. Standards are clearly defined.

    ConsSome leaders lack intergrity. Potential for corruption is high as it is easy to engage in cronyism and friendship based promotions. Many deserving soldiers may be passed up for awards annd promotions in favor of friends. Family life is on constant attack. Stress levels are high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementArmy regulation was not created to exploit loopholes. Do the right thing. Show compassion to all. Do not have tunnel vision. Do not let old friendships cause you to betray the Army Values.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was Awesome!!!

    Police Officer (Current Employee)
    Hartford, CT

    ProsLeadership: Loyalty Eagerness, attitude, duty, effort, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and proud

    ConsLong hours and too many formations!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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