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"Not for everyone, but the best organization I've ever worked for."

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Career Opportunities - The breadth of jobs is unlike what you will find in any corporations, and you will have opportunities to switch careers multiple times in your career. Career development and progression is straightforward and mainly only limited by your own ambition and performance.
Compensation & Benefits - You probably won't get rich, but when you add in all the benefits it's comparable or in many cases better than the civilian world.
Work/Life Balance - Uniformed service is a 24/7 way of life. Which means there is a heavy focus on holistic support for you and your family.
Senior Management - Everyone pretty much starts at the same place, so you know your leaders have been in your shoes. They tend to be truly exceptional people who have risen to the top at every point in their career.
Culture & Values - "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do" it's a simple ethos that is applied at every level and in every situation.

Cons

Career Opportunities - You need to start working towards your career goals from day one, because you are constantly compared to your peers and once you fall behind them your opportunities for advancement will begin to dwindle and you can't catch up or start over.
Compensation & Benefits - The Air Force is downsizing and budgets are getting slashed. Like most organizations payroll & benefits are prime cost cutting targets.
Work/Life Balance - An AF career is a big commitment. You have little control over your schedule, location, combat, risky jobs, etc., and you will constantly have to make choices between the AF and your personal life. Serving your country is very rewarding, but you need to make sure you have a life to go back to at the end of the day and after your career ends.
Senior Management - Military leadership will always be subordinate to politically appointed leaders and handcuffed by federal processes and regulations. That's part of what makes the US a democracy, but can also be a handcuff.
Culture & Values - "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do" it's a simple ethos, but can be misapplied. If you always put service first you will burn people out. If you push for perfection as opposed to excellence you will create unattainable expectations and temptation to sacrifice integrity.

Advice to Management

With today's budget environment, the flattening of the global environment, and rapidly advancing adversaries the AF will have to change. The organization, application, and critical thinking of our modern AF is still steeped in traditions bred from ground infantries centuries ago. Have the courage to radically shake it up. It will hurt. We won't enjoy it. It probably won't work the first time or the second or the third, but it will make us better and more adaptable.

Other Employee Reviews for US Air Force

  1. "Airforce lifestyle"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aviation Resource Management in Altus, OK
    Current Employee - Aviation Resource Management in Altus, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benifits.
    Good vacation time.
    The option to travel ( varys from base to base)
    Networking.
    Sense of accomplishment and impact towards real world missons.

    Cons

    Deplyoments.
    Sometimes it can be a "shut up and color" situation when it comes to projects and work.
    Could get station in non desired place.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be interactive with with airman from officer to enlisted. And continue to be open to ideas to make the company work " smarter not harder"


  2. "Career for the taking...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Air Force (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You absolutely control your own destiny; great opportunity for education benefits. There are many opportunities to train in translatable skills for civilian employment. Leadership will expect a lot out of you and that encourages you to excel beyond your know capabilities.

    Cons

    Non-traditional work schedule, some job locations are given to you and you must accept it or leave the service for good.

    Advice to Management

    There comes a time when doing more with less isn't the answer.

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