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  1. "US Army......Take the good with the bad."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brigade Engineer in Fort Polk, LA
    Current Employee - Brigade Engineer in Fort Polk, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will always have health care and a pay check. No matter what. Your retirement is guaranteed after 20 years. You can hide in the army with out doing much work and still get promoted.

    Cons

    Promotions are based off of time and not performance. The army is a system that must fill gaps and does not focus on you or your career. The army is a mission focused environment. You will spend the majority of your time training, deploying to fight our wars and then retraining to deploy again. You have to have a strong family to be able to take so much time away from the Soldier.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those under you.


  2. "US ARMY, GREAT PLACE FOR UNDECIDED FUTURES"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AMMUNITION SERGEANT in Fort Bragg, NC
    Current Employee - AMMUNITION SERGEANT in Fort Bragg, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The army provides a foundation to those that are unsure about there future. While serving your country you have the opportunity to further your education using the armys many education programs. Soldiers have the chance to network with civilian contracted companys and help there chances for future employment. Life, health and dental insurance are amongst some of the most rewarding benefits of being a soldier. Staying in good shape is another free perk of the army, you can get all the physical training you desire.

    Cons

    Possible extended amounts of time away from your family are always a concern of new soldier. The army really does not offer much stability outside of a steady paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping in the hard working trained soilders. There seems to be more focus on recurting young soldiers than keeping in the battle tested battle trained troops.

  3. "Lots of opportunities to do interesting and rare things"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Forces Senior Engineer in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Special Forces Senior Engineer in Fayetteville, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fight for your country, travel, decent pay, great benefits

    Cons

    Long deployments, hazards, not always pleased with the chain of command

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your men.


  4. "The Army: it's what you make of it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Second Lieutenant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to blow sh*t up!
    And gain access to miles and miles of training.
    Lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Alot of stereotyping and pessimism.

    Advice to Management

    Rank and power can be very misleading, and also have to ability to make someone forget about their own personal experiences in lower positions. From colonels to sergeant majors, it can happen to anyone. Therefore, any individual in a higher ranking position needs to foster a climate of professional development and positive attitude. This is best achieved in the Army by a commander or NCO being able and willing to receive feedback from subordinates and use their input to positively influence their command path.


  5. "The Army must address serious human resource problems to remain strong and effective."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Army Officer in Fort Lee, VA
    Former Employee - Army Officer in Fort Lee, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Fulfillment
    2. Travel oppurtunities

    Cons

    1. Deployments/time away from family

    Advice to Management

    The Army finds itself in a rare scenario in which younger (read middle) managers have more experience than senior managers. The decision-makers grew up in a peace time Army focused on the conventional warfare needs of the Cold War. In order to retain experience, senior managers need to fix the serious fundamental issues that exist in Army human resources. Experienced junior officers and NCOs are jumping ship for new oppurtunities in the civilian world and the Army of tomorrow is going to suffer.


  6. "Great Rewards, Great Responsibilites"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Company Commander in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Company Commander in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Officers are given lots of responsibility; even right out of college you will be in charge of at least 15-30 people who count on you to lead them, care for them, train them, and maintain equipment. Paid educational benefits are plentiful. The sense that you are doing something for your fellow citizens makes you feel good- there is a certain prestige with saying that you are an Army Captain. High commaraderie; I have made lifelong friends in the Army. Predictable promotions for doing your job are expected. The knowledge that if you have a serious life event, the Army will always be there to help you and your family. Seeing the world is certainly one of the more fun parts. I have been in the Army only four years and I have lived in San Antonio, Washington DC, Frankfurt, Germany, and the Middle East. You also get 30 days of paid leave a year. Although the pay isn't the best, they do give you appropriate allowances for housing and substanance depending on where you live. If you hang in there for 20 years your pension, healthcare, and benefits are in the bag!

    Cons

    It might cost your life. It could definitely cost your innocence. Living with those facts are difficult especially considering that families bear the burden of your decision to join. The Army does have a certain level of custody over every facet of your life. You also have very little control. Although career managers try to get you a choice location, job, or school, the needs of the Army always come first. Being that it is a government agency, there are Soldiers and Civilians alike that just do the minimum while competent, contienscious people do the lion's share of the work. Sometimes soldiers are placed in leadership positions when they clearly don't belong there. Lack of support from the public is difficult: a lot of people chose to lay into soliders about decisions made by elected officials THEY put into office! Pay is not commensurate with responsibility. Constantly uprooting the family is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    The 30% of the Army that has not deployed in support of Operations Iraqi or Enduring Freedom NEEDS TO GO! There are too many Soldiers and families that have endured three or four deployments (sometimes back to back) while the same people keep dodging deployment after deployment


  7. "You get out what you put in...the Military in general."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military Intelligence Analyst in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Military Intelligence Analyst in Augusta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sense of pride and sense of accomplishment. Steady pay and well outlined expectations. Continual promotion and recognition if you meet the predefined standards. Excellent benefits and decent compensation. Benefits include medical coverage, dental coverage, as well as vision coverage. Shopping privileges on military installation that offer discounts on everyday household items from groceries to cleaning supplies to electronics. Housing is either provided for you or you are given a monthly stipend equal to the average cost of living in the surrounding area.

    Cons

    It's the military. Possibility of deployments and/or getting stationed overseas. Rather easy to get promoted so even people who seem undeserving still get their shot, which can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't discount the value of the junior soldiers around you. Set achievable and well defined goals for all of your subordinates. Help the junior soldiers figure out what they would like to achieve in life, as well as the Army, then assist them in reaching their goals.

  8. "It's like the Post Office with Guns"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Army Captain in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Army Captain in Fayetteville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not a bad place to start out if you lack discipline or direction and especially if you're young and don't have any inkling what you want to do. Especially with the new GI Bill, you get a couple years in, and then you can go get a bachelors degree after maturing to the point of knowing what you want to do. If you show initiative, you have the opportunity to take on responsibility at an early age that you might not get in the private sector for 10-20 years in a job. When deployed, you have the opportunity to bank some money that might otherwise be spent while in the states. Some of the individuals you work with you will be amazed at their dedication to the Army and the missions at hand.

    Cons

    I liken the US Army to working at the Post Office with Guns. Extremely bureaucratic. Inefficient. A lot of idiots in charge. Having to move every 2-4 years. Career progression possibly limited by inept bureaucrats. For officers- your pay "stagnates" (in comparison to private sector positions) at upper levels. Wartime hazards: getting shot at, pressure deployments causes on marriage, the fact that a contractor is getting paid 4-10 times what you are earning. A beautiful metaphor for career progression to becoming a general: it's a single mistake marathon - make one mistake (not having a Ranger tab, taking risks) and you are out of the running for the higher ranks (Colonel and higher)

    Advice to Management

    look at johntreed.com


  9. "US Army review"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - O3 - Army - Captain in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - O3 - Army - Captain in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loyalty and a team environment, great quality of life. The opportunity to practice leadership and responsibility at a young age. The ability to be held accountable for your actions and to see the impact of your decisions on the organization that you are leading

    Cons

    Deployments if you have a family, everyone in a year group gets promoted the same. The best workers just get more work and the slackers get by and still get promoted. The Army has closed all of the good locations to be stationed. If you want a nice place to live, you are limited to Tacoma, WA, Germany, and Washington DC. Most of the other bases are in the country with limited to no ammenities.

    Advice to Management

    HR is key and I think they need to continue that focus


  10. "US Army could lead your way"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enlisted Soldier in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Enlisted Soldier in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership skill development, Job security, Good heath benefit, Reriement

    Cons

    Salary, Little upward career mobility, Wartime

    Advice to Management

    Strong relationship with subordinates, More competent leadership skills