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US Air Force Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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  1. "Security Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andrews AFB, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andrews AFB, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very easy to work in different logistical sections

    Cons

    Not alot of down or off time.


  2. "Best decision I ever made but I should have only done 8 years"

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    Current Employee - NCOIC in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - NCOIC in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    No skills needed to start and 30 days vacation from the start are great. They encourage you to go to college but most bases are not near schools that can facilitate a STEM degree.

    Cons

    Deployments, difficult to find good assignments, you can get stuck for a long time working for a bad manager with little recourse to change things.

    Advice to Management

    open up the ability to get assigned to bases at better locations. Managers and leaders need to listen more and talk less most of the time.


  3. "No longer a military"

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    Former Employee - Budget Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Budget Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training and potential to travel. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Spend more time in corporate training and how to prevent from hurting each other's feelings. No longer a military, just a corporate office wearing a uniform. Annual leave is good however leave regulations nickel and dime you at any chance,

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the additional duties. You didn't recruit us to waste time only something that will only improve your metrics. Value your leaders however chose them wisely.


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  5. "Go reserves not active duty"

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    Current Employee - Air Force Pilot in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Air Force Pilot in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting paid to fly and the flight trainnng even though leadership doesn't seem to care about the actual mission

    Cons

    Deployments, turnover, promotion, giant inefficient beaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Go luck


  6. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fulfilling, good work life balance, great people, adventurous, significant travel opportunities worldwide, excellent retirement pension, some good work locations, opportunity to move around frequently

    Cons

    Relatively low pay, low control over future, some bad work locations, possible extended time away from family and normal work location, potentially forced to move at inconvenient times for family

    Advice to Management

    Treat people well, help them obtain the jobs and locations they want, put them in for awards and decorations, create good unit culture, support work life balance


  7. "good job"

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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great stepping stone to career paths and/or life changing roadway to success.

    Cons

    If you join later in life there will obviously be some adjustments to understanding the culture and how you will be treated regardless of age...

    Advice to Management

    The world is always changing and advancing in many directions...one team, one fight. seems like we are movin in the right direction


  8. "Career Officer"

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    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Force Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Leadership Development
    - Skills Training
    - World / US Travel
    - Growth Opportunities
    - Frequent Duty Changes
    - Medical Care

    Overall, a 20-plus year career is a positive experience. I was continually given new and ever more demanding opportunities, which prepared me to succeed and excel.

    Cons

    - Frequent PCS moves and disruption to children's school / friends
    - Deployments and time away from family
    - Frequent TDYs and time away from family
    - Civilian spouse unable to pursue her career
    - Very competitive and careerist peers
    - Long hours and constantly "on duty" and "on call"

    Advice to Management

    - Offer opportunities for families to "homestead" in an area, with the understanding there will be career consequences but not the death of a career

    - Stop moving people so frequently. Look for advancement opportunities on the same base or in close proximity.

    - Better understand the family impacts, particularly those on the spouse and their career, due to frequent moves.


  9. "Review after 27-year career"

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    Former Employee - Air Battle Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Air Battle Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time

    Pros

    An eligible person can walk in off the street & receive paid training in any number of interesting careers.
    Solid pay & benefits.
    Being part of a team that is doing more than making a buck for the shareholders. Comradeship. The organizational culture is much better than that of the profit-seeking world.
    Tuition assistance for college courses.
    Fantastic education benefits after leaving the service, if one chooses to leave.

    The opportunity to serve in a combat zone, if that's your thing.
    The opportunity to live in cool places like Europe or Asia & get paid for it.
    Work/Life Balance can be quite good or really horrible. That depends on the job & location.

    Cons

    Iraq & Afghanistan suck.
    If you choose poorly, you may get stuck doing something you hate & you won't know if you chose poorly until you've been assigned to a job for a while.
    The disgruntled can bring down the morale of any organization & with social media, the disgruntled seem to have a louder voice than ever before.
    Long duty days can be a bummer.
    In case you didn't see it listed above, "Work/Life Balance can be quite good or really horrible. That depends on the job & location."

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good fight! We're better now than ever before, but there are always those nostalgic people who remember the past as sweeter than it really was. The A-10 is an amazing airplane, so was the F-4, F-100, F-86, & P-51...nothing lasts forever. Keep preparing for the next war, because it's probably not going to be Iraq again. Please advise the Congress not to cut pay & benefits or they'll find themselves in the same poor retention/recruiting sitiation as they were in 1999/2000.


  10. "Air Force"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have competitive Salary, flexible hours, nice facilities, and good benefits

    Cons

    The Promotion opportunity can be limited and some managers look out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your folks


  11. "Builds Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Decent salary
    - Lots of travel
    - Family friendly
    - Awesome benefits

    Cons

    - Move every 2-4 years to less than desirable locations
    - Deploy away from family at regular intervals to austere locations in the world
    - PC culture invading to make it more and more bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    - get rid of lots of the bureaucracy


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