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"Heavily process oriented but at least it's well documented"

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Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Contractors and other DoD employees will bend over backwards to work with you and get what you need (so long as you have some face time with them).

Cons

With so many faces in the crowd it's hard to stand out. Also rank is highly correlated with time in service--if you're a new guy, you're just a new guy no matter how much you excel.

Advice to Management

Keep an eye out for real talent and keep in mind that while it's hard to find good talent it's even harder to find someone that can spot it! So if you see someone that can harvest talent from the applicant pool and make use of it put that person in a place they can hire folks as soon as possible.

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of Defense

  1. "Horrendous experience, left with a broken spirit"

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    Former Contractor - Family Advocacy Treatment Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Contractor - Family Advocacy Treatment Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Better pay than other area positions but ultimately not worth the paycheck

    Cons

    As a civilian working directly under military and exclusively for military and their dependents, treatment of the civilian workforce was abysmal. It was even lower for contract employees. The rigid hierarchy and poor treatment was something I was completely unprepared to contend with.

    In the contract position the hourly pay was good but the so-called benefits were pathetic and overpriced. It allow the contracting entity to tout being a job with benefits when in reality most contractors could not afford the coverage.

    Civilians were excluded from the staff meetings where issues of concern were hashed out. Decisions were handed down as mandates from "superiors" who had little concept of the problem and were sadly misguided in their imposed "solutions."
    Often they made the situations worse and the system created resentment amongst the workers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't jump to conclusions about situations. Treat your workers as grown-ups and include them in the problem-solving process. Greet civilians in the same friendly manner you use to interact with your military workers. Include contracted civilians to the same degree when there are unit-wide events and rewards. Praise and being friendly would go a long way to take some of the hostility and resentment out of the hearts of civilians who are giving so much of themselves to do a good job. Remember, YOU enlisted. I did not. Don't be such a dictator or such a jerk to us and then sit in your office laughing and BS-ing with military personnel who aren't working nearly as hard as the civilians. Don't believe everything your military underlings report about us. They are more than willing to throw a civilian under the bus to make themselves look better in your eyes. They lie. We pay the price.


  2. "Working in the Air Force has been great"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good training oportunities, esspecially if you have limited prior experiance
    Good travel potential, though not always where you want to go
    responsibility for others
    Some very good leaders

    Cons

    A lot of deployments
    forced moves to places you may not like
    high turnover, lots of training
    Many bad leaders

    Advice to Management

    Employ management/leadership training provided and avoid the road more traveled: lazy leadership, fearful of innovation/change, listen before passing judgment, etc

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