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  1. "Intern Software Developer"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Air Force Civilian Service as an intern

    Pros

    The pay was fair, there were full benefits available, and they usually hire after graduation.

    Cons

    Very frustration to work at the pace of government and be bound by the red tape and.

    Advice to Management

    Give people the tools they need to do their job succesfully


  2. "Not worth the public hate or stree"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Provides for a fairly flexible schedule, which is also dependent upon one's supervisor.
    -Many jobs call for occasional travel
    -The government will match up to a certain percentage of TSP contributions

    Cons

    -The average age of workers in my building is 45 and many older people are unwilling to listen to new ideas
    -The general public thinks we're all overpaid for what we do but the pay is drastically lower than the private sector
    -A lot of money is wasted on unnecessary training and travel
    -Leadership does not care what people think
    -The benefits are not very good
    -Expected to work overtime without compensation
    -On call 24/7
    -Clique mentality
    -Little opportunity for career progression
    -Very little diversity

    Advice to Management

    -Change with the times
    -Improve benefits to match private sector
    -Improve pay to match private sector
    -Cut unnecessary travel
    -Stop with the repetitive and unnecessary training


  3. "STAY AWAY FROM THE OLD KELLY AFB, BLDG. 171!!!"

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    ATM, Cafeteria, coffee shop, van pool.

    Cons

    This is one of the worst places I've ever worked! The people in this building are the most miserable, unfriendliness people you'll ever met. Management either doesn't understand or care that people from other agencies need training. They do not train, mentor or coach you here. Additionally, coworkers are more concerned with when you're coming and going, how long you took for lunch, and how many bathroom breaks you take in a day. It is the worst! Stay away!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people and you'll have less turnover. Investment consists of training, coaching and mentoring.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable depending upon the job. I work with a flex schedule, as long as I get my 8 hours in during normal duty hours I am fine. The vacation time is good after you hit the 3 year point. At 3 years you receive 6 hours of annual leave per pay period and 4 hours of sick leave per pay period.

    Cons

    Often times common sense solutions are bogged down by bureaucratic nonsense. There is a lot of unnecessary ancillary training that is required.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to become experts in their field and quit hosting unnecessary briefings for visitors. Continually taking trips just to spend your budget and ensure you receive the same budget the following year is unethical for leaders that are supposed to display integrity first.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "New Goverment Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    More mission focused with less of the military red tape involved. Great benefits and pay for the work being asked of.

    Cons

    Ops tempo is a little slow at times but there are always thing to improve on. Always fighting to get funds for improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making improvements as you have been and do not let the politics get involved so much. People first.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good Mission but Frustrating Large Military Led Bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on your job series you can work on cutting edge technology programs, most positions have decent stability but there are RIFs and program shutdowns to deal with. Large bases may be able to absorb these reductions but smaller organization may have layoffs (RIFs). Pay for non-tech jobs is good. Retirement/Pension plan if you can stick around long enough in addition to a '401K' type of savings plan with some matching contributions. Good health care options but the plans are not cheap. Contrary to the public perception, the vast majority of USAF/Gov't personnel are hardworking and dedicated to their jobs and mission. The mission can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Most Civil Service jobs in the USAF are working for Military leaders. The vast majority of leadership positions go to Military, often inexperienced and focused mostly on their career and promotion potential. They also don't stay long so the organization tends to focus on near term successes and lack long term goals. Civilians are often looked upon as second class citizens. The pay system is fairly antiquated with pay set by grade and time-in-grade not by skills. High tech skills may be underpaid compared to industry counterparts. Civilians are often the 'grey beards' in the organization and often have far greater job skills and knowledge than their military counterparts but struggle to compete. Military leaders attention are focused on junior military officers/enlisted who take far more effort to manage and lead than civilians. Civilian promotion opportunities are limited but available if you are mobile. Innovation is stagnant in most Government service. Laws and Regulations are massive and set at the highest levels in the government, most of the organizations efforts are consumed with maintaining compliance with these overbearing rules and regulations even if they are wasteful. Military leaders are more focused on promotion than 'rocking the boat' to try to implement positive change. This stagnant environment can lead to frustration as the organization knows it often wastes effort but is powerless to do anything about it. Public perception and especially elected leaders tend to bash government employees for wasting money. In fact most of these wasteful practices are directly attributed to Congress and not the Civil Servants that are required by law to execute the programs that Congress passes. No pay raises for the last 4 years, recently a 1% pay raise is the first time since 2010. Once you have several years vested in the system it is does not make financial sense to leave; you may find yourself 'stuck' to maintain your long term financial benefits.

    Advice to Management

    It is hard to break into the senior civil service ranks. You often find yourself competing with retiring (20 year+) military who use the 'good old boy' system to land a civil service job. There is some effort to curb this practice but the damage has been done for years. Make no mistake, this is a military organization, civilians are often looked at a second class of employee. The intense competition in the military ranks for promotion tends to drive the work tempo of the organization. Civil Servants need to manage their own careers since the military have en entirely different personnel system and most military, even if they are in charge of you, do not know how to manage civilians. Keep up with your won education and training and look for your own job opportunities for growth.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Government work, just o.k."

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    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Civilian Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Predictability in knowing the organization will likely be around for a 3-5 year period minimum helps create a sense of stability.

    Cons

    Low creative opportunities do not offer employees incentives for solution sets, only incentive is complying with laws and regulations.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Civil Service Employee"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Air Force Civilian Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for professionals, working with mostly good, hardworking people trying to do the right thing by accomplishing mission goals. Some employee benefits are good such as time off for annual or sick leave.

    Cons

    There used to be a civilian career track to get promoted, for example if you were mobile and willing to work in remote parts of the country/out of the country for several years at a time, and you were serious about your work, you could move up and get regularly promoted. Now, all of these higher paying civil service jobs are handed to retired military officers who are friends with the hiring managers. The Officers, while good people with similar skills, were not were not groomed to do the jobs in the same manner. They were on their own track and were able to retire after 20 years with full benefits.
    Not all of the benefits are good - for example, I pay more (over $10K/year) for health insurance benefits that are less inclusive than friends/family get in the private sector.
    We are the scapegoats for the haters in Congress that instituted the same programs that they say are wasteful!
    Morale is at an all time low because hard working middle-class people like myself are losing pay (no raise in three years and higher cost of insurance/taxes) and vilified for doing our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Do