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Updated February 20, 2018
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense James Mattis
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  1. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Fitness program, leave , health benefits

    Cons

    Slow progression for promotion


  2. "generator mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Radiologic Technologist in Kansas City, MO
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    benefits , stable pay check good relation with some coworker

    Cons

    under-payed, hostile work place.

    Advice to Management

    ok

  3. "Acquisition Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lompoc, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lompoc, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission and good programs to work with. People and contractors are great to work with as well. Good place to work.

    Cons

    Work can be pointless sometimes when the program gets delayed or pushed back. All that effort for no real out put in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on contracts that don’t deliver what you hired them to do. Force them to stick to a schedule.


  4. "Dept of Defense"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits especially TSP and health

    Cons

    Salary low due to amount work


  5. "Commissary Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Good health care and vacation benefits

    Cons

    Not much promotion potential. Hours shift every 2 weeks.


  6. "Great place for prior military"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really good environment for prior service.

    Good benefits, and opportunities to travel.

    Stable and long term.

    Cons

    As much as the services preach that the civilians are "part of the team" and a "member". Once you are out of uniform and working as a civilian, you are treated as an outsider and do not have all the services, resources or safety nets that the uniformed members have.


  7. "Uncle Sam"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, No degree requirements, upward/lateral mobility,

    Cons

    Long hours, highly bureaucratic,

  8. "Naval research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment with highly skilled people. Encouraged professional growth and pursuing new work via research proposals

    Cons

    Budget restrictions put a freeze on many promotions and left some postings unfilled


  9. "HR Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, work/life balance, culture/diversity, training, On the job training

    Cons

    none, none, none, none, none


  10. "Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leadership opportunities.
    Added responsibilities for lives and property as a relatively young professional.
    Expected to be a moral-ethical leader in world of moral-ethical ambiguity or subjectiveness.

    Cons

    Ultimately just a resource and personnel manager.
    Not paid by the hour.
    Spend 90% of time resolving the problems of 10% of your workforce.
    Still a 'yes man' organization, with 'up or out' career mentality.
    Little to no choice in location and position.
    More sacrifices to family time and life than imaginable.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp talent management entirely.
    Promote based on merit, not based on conformity to the norm.


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