US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated May 9, 2021

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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III
Lloyd James Austin III
59 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits and room to grow(in 222 reviews)

  • "The job security is what I like the most(in 196 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Frequent turnover (inherent in a military environment)(in 121 reviews)

  • "Many long hours and you are always on call(in 107 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Fed has great job security and benefits

      May 9, 2021 - Security Program Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job security, benefits, retirement plan

      Cons

      red tape, organization is slow to change.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Eh

      May 6, 2021 - Aircraft Mechanic in Tinker AFB, OK
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It's good money. Relatively fun atmosphere if you enjoy smack talk.

      Cons

      No way to move up based on merit. Strictly on if the boss is your friend or not.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Meaningful Mission and Excellent Benefits

      May 2, 2021 - Analyst in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The US Government Benefits package is amazing and the mission cannot be done anywhere else.

      Cons

      I would make significantly more money in the private sector. The USG can do more for diversity and inclusion.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great employer

      May 5, 2021 - Office Chief in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It is a job in the federal government

      Cons

      Congress may delay passing of budgets which results in temporary furloughs.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Review

      May 5, 2021 - Safety Manager in Jersey City, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great cohesiveness, professionalism and culture

      Cons

      I have nothing negative to say about this organization

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Editor

      May 2, 2021 - Editor in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work environment Smart team members

      Cons

      Incompetent leadership; didn’t know or understand jobs of their team

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      great job

      May 3, 2021 - Human Resources Specialist in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      not a very stressful position

      Cons

      telework at the time was only for certain people

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Mechanic

      May 3, 2021 - Aircraft Mechanic in San Antonio, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The job is very Awesome

      Cons

      You will be in dual status

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Job Security and Meaningful work

      Jan 4, 2021 - Systems Solutions Engineer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of opportunities for different work. Lots of problems that need to be solved. The biggest thing is the work you do is important. There are jobs all over the world. After you have been in the department for a while and you get selected for a new job, DoD will pay to move you there if you are selected for that job. For example moving you from DC to Germany. There are not that many technical government people, so you are a big fish in a small pond. There are opportunities to travel, lots of training and education opportunities. There are some programs you can apply for that will help pay for your masters or phd. There is a good work-life balance, where they give you a couple hours every week for exercise. There are opportunities to deploy and make more money.

      Cons

      The promotion system is slow. You don't get paid as much as a contractor. The area is expensive, so you don't have a lot of extra income to show for all your hard work. As a government person you do a lot of bureaucracy work and not as much technical work. You have to spend a lot of time justifying the work you do. Also because there is no consistent budget year to year, your projects could get killed, because it's no longer funded. This kind of job is not for the those who don't have patience. The government does not operate like a commercial tech company. There are lots of limitations on time, budget, and other technical constraints. You can build the best new solution out there, but if you don't know how to defend it to management it won't go far.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Best career move ever

      Apr 29, 2021 - Strategy Analyst in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Professional rewarding while having a good life balance

      Cons

      Limited upside and compensation caps apply

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