Royal Air Force Reviews | Glassdoor

Royal Air Force Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
214 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff Andrew Pulford
Andrew Pulford
60 Ratings

214 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Prolonged periods away from home (in 19 reviews)

  • This in real terms means time away from family and friends (in 27 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Aircraft Avionic Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Systems Engineer in Rockwall, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Systems Engineer in Rockwall, TX

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

    Pros

    The ability to travel and the great comradery. The ability to work on the latest technology. To be a part of a team.

    Cons

    Not great pay and long TDY times. Sometimes the management have come from school and have educational skills but no life skills or common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Start from the bottom and work your way up


  2. "loved it"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NCO Training and Quality Manager in England, OH
    Current Employee - NCO Training and Quality Manager in England, OH

    I have been working at Royal Air Force (More than a year)

    Pros

    travelled the world and got paid

    Cons

    jumped up officers with a sociology degree thinking they are the mutts nuts

    Advice to Management

    pay regular ranks better, they are the backbone of your workforce

  3. "A great lifestyle!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NATO/International Military Police Officer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - NATO/International Military Police Officer in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Royal Air Force (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, people, travel and medical/dental.

    Cons

    Limited home time and slow promotion prospects.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "How the RAF has changed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Weapons Systems Operator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Weapons Systems Operator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Air Force full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Comradeship, travel, pay, RnR, benefits

    Cons

    Moral, micro management, too much focus on secondary duties to get promoted rather than primary roles.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking towards your next promotion and do what is right.


  5. "RAF"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Air Force full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Travel, Career, sports, teamwork back up

    Cons

    Occasional trips to not so friendly places


  6. "Great Oportunities"

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

    Pros

    Variety of jobs, great camaraderie and opportunities for leadership

    Cons

    Public sector limitations with all the bureaucracy that this implies

    Advice to Management

    Need to re-focus on people and overcome the penny pinching approach to allowances that has become the norm since 2009 with over-zealous application already tight and ever tightening rules


  7. "Sqn Ldr"

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

    I have been working at Royal Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Great diversity of career options

    Cons

    Flexibility in location is required

  8. "Hit and Miss"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of employment roles. Opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Can be stuck in a less-challenging role for a while. Unsociable hours. Inconsistencies in demands from management.


  9. "RAF"

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

    Pros

    Good career prospects and adventure training/development opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, service needs come first. Lots of time away. Leadership focused on themselves and their political career over the needs of the wider service


  10. "Slow but dependable work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Avionics Engineer in Waddington, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Avionics Engineer in Waddington, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable salary. Free uniform. Decent pension. Usually no targets so that work can be completed safely. If you don't know something then others are keen to help and offer advice.

    Training is provided but is sometimes restricted to the bare minimum.

    Cons

    Limited managerial responsibilities sure to managers above forcing decisions upon you. Can involve putting the job before your family with work commitments taking you far away for 4 months or more.

    Management responsibilities can out weight engineering responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Let managers manage their own people and limit your responsibilities. Help your managers when they ask for help, they won't all twice!


Showing 214 of 214 reviews
Reset Filters