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US National Guard Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
208 Reviews
4.2
208 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to serve your country, to earn educational benefits and learn important life skills (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits, Helps pay for school, pretty decent pay for little experience (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family and missing important family functions (in 8 reviews)

  • aggrivation, long hours keeping up with changes (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunity for those that keep marketing

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    Current Employee - Operations in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Operations in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have a boss who'll support you, there is no limit to the areas you can tackle. While some folks sit back and coast, you have a lot of leeway if you want it. If you don't have a supportive boss, expect to be told to sit still and draw within the lines.

    Cons

    Maybe most places are like this but you really need to market yourself here. Not in a showy, self agrandizing way (no place likes those kinds of spotlight rangers) but in a "if no one knows what you are doing then it doesn't matter". Don't expect to be pushed to do new things- you have to push yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop shifting personnel with less than 24 months in position. Turn over within a year is a waste for the guy who left, the guy who is leaving, and the new guy coming in (to say nothing about those around them). Also, do not change an entire chain of command within one year. The loss of historical knowledge will set everyone back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    11B

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    Current Employee - 11B in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - 11B in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience, life long friends, military service, Sets you up for life

    Cons

    low pay, have dedicated time to them, can get deployed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great education benefits, some once in a lifetime experiences

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Erie, PA

    I worked at US National Guard part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Education benefits, drill pay, culture, training, part time gig with numerous benefits, serving your country, chance to learn new skills that can adapt to civilian careers

    Cons

    training schedule can be difficult to plan around with regards to employers and other activities, no flexibility, possibility of deployment might scare off some people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    very insightful and an opportunity to learn and experience thing the average person does not get a chance to.

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    Current Employee - Allied Trades Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Allied Trades Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoy welding. Welding, for me, is something that most people can't do.

    Cons

    competing with my male counterparts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities for females to advance in this field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is a rewarding career.

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    Former Employee - Infantryman in Geneseo, NY
    Former Employee - Infantryman in Geneseo, NY

    I worked at US National Guard part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job training, college benefits, serving your country.

    Cons

    It is not only a job, it's a duty.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Being a Weekend Warrior is a good option for many who wish to serve the Nation and community

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Guard part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunity to learn skills and/or a trade (welding, communications, transportation, etc, etc). Ability to learn leadership skills, communication skills. Get to work with great people who share similar interests.

    Cons

    Weekend drills occur each month, sometimes you have to miss social events due to drill. I have missed weddings, reunions and other such events due to them falling on the weekend of drill. But, you know that is the price you pay for defending our nation and it is fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is important, especially when you only have reservists one weekend a month and two weeks a year so make the most of that time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is not for everyone

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    Current Employee - MIlitary Intelligence Officer in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Current Employee - MIlitary Intelligence Officer in Lawrenceville, NJ

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Serve your country and get an education while doing it.

    Cons

    It is much more than just part-time. it consumes so much of your free time and energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget to take care of those you have under your leadership.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    91B Light Vehicle Wheeled Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time

    Pros

    The best advice I can give is that the military can help grow in so many ways. They will help pay for your education and other expenses to help you obtain the degree that you want. They allow you to progress in what ever field you are interested to become a better you.

    Cons

    Its hard to work with people that less motivated than I am.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It paid for school, but it wasn't what I expected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Guard

    Pros

    Fair pay across the board. Leadership experience is invaluable, and translates well to the real world after getting out. Employers are impressed when you tell stories about deployments.

    Cons

    Some senior leaders do not consider the troops, and are often seeking to look good at the expense of their men. Drill weekends that require driving long distances can create financial hardships for soldiers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your soldiers first; lead by example, and lead from the front. Stop promoting good old boys.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    487th FA BN, Hawaii Army National Guard

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    Former Employee - National Guard in Mililani, HI
    Former Employee - National Guard in Mililani, HI

    I worked at US National Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very excellent pay and benefits- equivalent to most careers requiring a 4 year degree. Excellent amount of vacation/paid days off available. Excellent medical plan. GI-Bill is awesome. There are few truly qualified and hardworking personnel. The facility supervisor was truly a good supervisor, but was unable to both balance his own work and with managing inefficient subordinates- some key superiors above him were toxic.

    Cons

    Widespread practice of favoritism by senior personnel. Several cliques or "Good old boys" groups exists that made it a toxic environment.Preference to employees that are into alcohol use. An open and unsecure facility, old and worn- roof leaks. Too many unhappy personnel (maybe 70%) with personal problems affecting their professional work- marital problems/infidelity, financial problems/debt issues, heavy alcohol use, family problems, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    External audit of work performance and employee evaluations. Some of the most toxic and senior personnel are internally rated/evaluated "Excellent" because of the "good old boys" culture, although they are foul mouthed, easy to belittle unseasoned/inferior subordinates and need to be proven that you belong to their personalities. Toxic senior personnel are taken care by the "good old boys" culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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