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California National Guard Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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California National Guard Brigadier General David S. Baldwin
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  1. "IT Specialist II"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California National Guard (More than a year)

    Pros

    As far as employers go the US government is a very stable environment with great benefits to include sick leave, annual leave, and military leave.

    Cons

    Very slow hiring process and is very adverse to change. They are incredibly set in their ways, it is easy to become complacent in the environment.


  2. "CA-ARNG J6"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California National Guard (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork was excellent there! the people I work with were amazing!

    Cons

    Needs to do a better job reviewing leaders. There was some toxic leadership in the past & it was not dealt with timely or properly.


  3. "officer"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Manager/Logistics Officer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager/Logistics Officer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership opportunity and great chance to see the world.

    Cons

    Can be a clicky type of place with little chance to move up if not part of the "in crowd" or good ol boy system.


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  5. "92A AUTOMATED LOGISTICAL SPECIALIST"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Logistical Operations Assistant in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Logistical Operations Assistant in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities. Great way to make connections for the civilian job opportunities.

    Cons

    Soldiers want everything handed to them. Don't want to put any effort.


  6. "Nothing is perfect but the people are great"

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    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Azusa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Never worked with a smarter group of people, they can't all be the smartest but I have never seen so many intelligent people in one location.

    Cons

    It is the military and there is always the changes to policy, but that is just life.


  7. "California Army National Guard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California National Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Continued Service for People Leaving Active Duty
    The National Guard is a way for people to continue serving their country. Putting you talents and efforts towards something greater then yourself, the National Guard allows for a more flexible deployment where you can still do good. For many people who have grown up with the military, the National Guard is seen as a way to slowly ease back into civilian life. In addition, it can be a comfortable environment for many people to occasionally return to. Finally, it is the best way to stay connected with the military long after full-time service is over.

    2. Training and Schooling
    One of the reasons why people join the military is because it pays them to get job experience. As every person takes the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Examination prior to enlisting, you can select from a number of different careers that can include and are not limited to engineering, aviation, military, police, and medical services. In addition, your combat training will teach you things like combat, tactical skills, and even marksmanship. Along with training, the National Guard provides members with higher education options. For example, you can get federal tuition fee assistance when you go into school. In addition, you may be eligible for Student Loan Repayment Programs that will save you a lot of money. Qualification depends on the amount of time you serve and your job level.

    3. A Mix of Civilian and Military
    The National Guard employs you for one weekend every month after you go through basic training and AIT. You will get paid based on this time. In addition, the part-time nature of the work will allow you to have more time to pursue your civilian obligations. While drill pay may not be as high as some people want, it doesn’t hurt.

    4. A Greater Level of Personal Stability
    The National Guard Reserves is an excellent place providing personal stability for officers who have yet to get their eight years of active duty. For those who do not see their active duty all the way through for their eight years, then there is a military service obligation that still needs to be met. The primary option available to people in this position is working through he IRR. However, the IRR can be recalled back to active duty during a time of war or when there is a national emergency. Being in the National Guard means that you can get a 12 or 24-month stabilization, meaning that you will not be deployed during that time. For many people attending business school during this time, a stabilization can what you need to finish your degree.

    Cons

    1. Consider Deployment
    When serving in the National Guard, there is a chance of deployment. This means that you may be ordered to help people during a state of emergency, and you will be obligated to go. With every deployment comes exposure to potential risk. While this is not as bad when you are by yourself, it becomes more challenging when you are supporting a loved one or family. Along with being in a different place, there are a great deal of emotional hurtles that you have to get over when it comes to being apart from family for extended periods of time. While some people fall into this easily, other people will struggle with it throughout their employment.

    2. Considering the Commitment Involved
    Some individuals will struggle with he commitment requirements for joining the National Guard. When you join, you must enlist for a 6 or 8 year term. When you commit, you are obligated to show and can face serious problems if you refuse to show up when ordered to. Being committed to the National Guard means having less time for school. When juggling both school and service, both can become significantly more challenging. You may want to do nothing more then prepare for class. Instead, you will have drills, obligations and places to be instead.

    3. Less Time For Your Needs
    People are complex, and will sometimes require more time for themselves in order to be everything they can be. When you are a part of the National Guard, you are providing to the military some of your time. This means that you will have less time for your own personal needs. While this may not seem like much at first, it can dramatically reduce the amount you move around, the kinds of vacations you take, and even the opportunities that are available to you. For example, complications can arise if you get a job that pays twice what you earn and it is in another state. In addition, if you are suddenly overcome to do something like hike the Appalachian Trail, you will have little to no opportunity to do this if you are in the National Guard.

    As with any decision, it is important to remember that service to US Military is a trade off. On the one hand, you get to work towards securing your country and providing assistance when it is needed the most. You become what other people rely on, and you can really make a difference. On the other hand, it can postpone your personal plans, take you away from your family, and even delay starting a family. In the end, any decision you make will have to be based on your strengths and weaknesses as much as on any list. With that being said, good luck making your decision.

    Advice to Management

    Serving in the United States Armed Services can be a rewarding and life-changing experience. One problem that some would-be recruits have is in finding what branch of the military is right for them. While others will continue a long and proud family tradition of serving their country, others will be faced with deciding what to do and where to go.

    If you are considering serving in the National Guard, then you no doubt have questions about the experience. To help you make your decision, lets take a moment to review the pros and cons. Along with getting into the most important things that a new recruit will have to consider, we will take an objective look at how your time spent in the Military can benefit, and at times, detract from how you want to live your life. With that being said, lets get started.


  8. "California National Guard"

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    Current Employee - Master Driver Instructor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Master Driver Instructor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard (More than a year)

    Pros

    outstanding leadership who leads the way in all they do. They do know what they are doing. Senior leadership is always there for advice on advancement.

    Cons

    long drive, if you want to promote you need to be willing to travel all of California. If you chose to stay with your company than you will not promote for a long time

    Advice to Management

    great, you have to put in your time. Time meaning knowing your job, Army history, the history of your company and follow instead of trying to lead as a young private.


  9. "Mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Mechanic in Los Alamitos, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Los Alamitos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time

    Pros

    Supervisor are professional
    Leadership.
    experience.
    motivation
    travel opportunities

    Cons

    possibility to be recalled at any moment


  10. "Just dont"

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Operator Analyst in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Operator Analyst in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California National Guard (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's good training for someone who has no training and has no way of getting any training.

    Cons

    It is a cluster f. It's 80% politics and if you do your work well you will get taken advantage. The best thing to do is to do the minimum amount of work to not get harassed. You will not get any accommodations or awards unless you are buddy buddy with senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Treat you soldiers with respect they deserve it more than you.


  11. "Army life"

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    Current Employee - Commander - Captain in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Commander - Captain in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at California National Guard part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoy the camaraderie, training, planning, and mentoring

    Cons

    Low budget and cuts to manpower hinders all



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