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US Air Force Wright Patterson AFB Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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  1. "Aerospace Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work pace, sense of fulfillment, job security, camaraderie

    Cons

    The inevitable bureaucracy, tenuous advancement potential


  2. "Senior leadership has went down the drain"

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    Current Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - O5 - Air Force - Lieutenant Colonel in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior Generals at AFMC are out of touch and more worried about being politically correct than being leaders. For the most part awful "leaders"

    Cons

    See pros...I didn't really have any pros

    Advice to Management

    Retire!


  3. "Commisioned Officer - Separating After 7 Years"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Shared Sense of Purpose like no where else, Ability to do things no other person gets to do, lots of travel.

    Cons

    Strict advancement paths and one size fits all "success" model stifles creativity and makes officers a jack of all trades, expert of none, Work life balance can be awful depending on career field and location.

    Advice to Management

    Massive overhaul of the DoD personnel system, reward high performance and slash the fat, Do away with Up-or-Out and let people become technical experts.


  4. "Contract Specialist Review"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is adequate. You might be assigned a program with a significant amount of responsibility very early on. Some members of programs are afforded the opportunity to travel abroad to desirable locations.

    Cons

    Far outweigh the Pros. You will find that many people that are completely removed from the day-to-day activities of Contract Specialists make all of the "guidance" that ultimately results in more and more work for people on the bottom. You may be assigned to a program doing monotonous and rote contract modifications. The "training" process leaves much to be desired. In fact, in many offices, it is the extent of you examining previous contract actions and "making yours look like that one". As with many governmental positions, any measures that can be taken to reduce your actual salary will be done. For example, you might be lured by the promise of $20k towards your student loans if you commit for 3 years. What you are not told is that you are actually taxed on the $20k, so your take home pay is reduced though the money is never actually in your hand. Your job satisfaction will be overwhelmingly tied to your supervisor. Some are hopelessly inept, lazy, and will make you wonder how they were gifted a position to have anyone actually "report" to them. People neglected to follow protocol for years and you should be prepared to to have extensive training to make up for what people neglected to do 30 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin? Do not treat the attrition problem with lip service. While people are ultimately expendable, treating them like that will cause them to be disgruntled and ultimately leave. Some people have been so indoctrinated into the thought processes of working for the Dept. of Defense, they cannot fathom how and why anyone would possibly leave. These people are not good candidates to be in positions responsible for hiring new employees. Requiring the workforce to have some type of advanced degree, then treating educated adults like children by conducting endless broad training topics that have nothing to do with their job function is poor use of everyone's time. Understand that no matter how much you inquire and request employee feedback that no one is going to be honest unless they already have another job lined up.


  5. "Wing Cybersecurity Office"

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    Current Employee - NCOIC Plans and Policy in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - NCOIC Plans and Policy in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to keep busy with.

    Cons

    Takes active work not to get stovepiped into a specific area.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate more frequently


  6. "AFLCMC Acquisition Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your customers are some of the most unique you can ever find and you will have great satisfaction delivering for them.

    Cons

    The office environment is not always set up for efficient productivity. In addition, don't plan on becoming rich doing this job but it does pay adequate and you will have job satisfaction if you are connected to your customers' needs.

    Advice to Management

    Work on unit cohesion by creating an environment that fosters productivity, creativity and social connection. Sometimes the cubical environment and daily bureaucratic tasks can stifle unit cohesion and lessen job satisfaction.


  7. "Retired"

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    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement based on 20 years of Honorable Service. Unending Educational Opportunities coupled with training within military/civilian communities. Promotions based on job performance, academic achievement.

    Cons

    Multiple Reassignments. Extensive Travel Overseas and throughout the United States. Family Separation. Challenging Work Environments. W Sometimes work must be accomplished with limited resources, time constraints to meet the demands of mission goals.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain Benefits for Military Personnel and their Family Dependents. Keep Manning Levels and Training High to support Job Performance Requirements. Continue Medical Care and other Benefits to support quality of life.


  8. "Contract Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Buyer/Contract Specialist in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Buyer/Contract Specialist in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great benefits package. With a few years of experience, many doors will open. Can really do anything once you get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Starting pay. The pay grades for this position need to be restructured. If the AF wants to be competitive, then the pay grades for this position should be GS11 target 13.


  9. "Squadron Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Squadron Superintendent in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Squadron Superintendent in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Leadership opportunities, working as a team to accomplish goals, technical experience in career field

    Cons

    Reaching a ceiling for rank


  10. "Life in the Air Force"

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    Former Employee - Flight Chief in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Former Employee - Flight Chief in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job security. Good benefits. There are long and short term plans. A good stepping stone to college if you don't have other options.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain a strong family life. You may have to travel a lot (which may be a pro or con for you). You don't always have a say on where you are going.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus a little more on their people and a little less on numbers. Morale will continue to become an issue if they do not.


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