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Updated May 18, 2017
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  • Realistic work / life balance for employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Great benefits & compensation package (in 123 reviews)

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  1. "comfortable job"

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    Current Employee - Mechanic in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    consistent pay. pace of work is sometimes nothing and a lot of time very high. people are great a lot of laughing. pay is good.

    Cons

    The area is low standard and not much going on. political

    Advice to Management

    more opportunity to learn rather than letting experienced mechanics do the work. Don't be so political and allow people to work.


  2. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Interesting and relevant work

    -Great benefits

    -Travel opportunities

    -Excellent work/life balance

    -The warm fuzzies that come with working in public service

    Cons

    -Pay (for STEM employees at least) is not on par with the private sector. I've personally seen people who otherwise loved their job leave because of this.

    -Little to no technical training for new employees. Unless you walk in with lots of experience, you may find yourself having to bug people to get answers. The upshot here is that there are plenty of classes offered for you to pick up the skills you need. The downside is you have to figure out which classes to take, as there is no formal training plan.

    -Dealing with the bureaucracy can be a pain at times as well

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your employees are trained up before turning them loose! Pay must be addressed as well or recruiting and retaining STEM talent will continue to be an issue.


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    "Contracting Officer"

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    Former Employee - Contracting Officer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Contracting Officer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Holidays Off. You accumulate regular and sick leave for your use as needed. Life, health, and dental insurance. Matched contributions for retirement benefits. Nice office setting to work. Up to date computer equipment. Nice office. Education opportunities. Paid travel to perform work related duties. Extra pay for overseas work positions.

    Cons

    Constant changes and training required. Many meeting at Contracting Officer level. Supervision and evaluation of employees required. Must deal with personality conflicts of all workers. Personnel shortages and slow replacement for those who leave. Overtime and travel may be required. Hiring and salary freezes.

    Advice to Management

    Let lower level managers be involved in decision making process for changes. Communication up and down is key. Let employees know the short and long term goals of the organization. Reward success and promote internal experienced employees to management positions.


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  5. "Great Training"

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; training for certification.

    Cons

    Government Salary; management does not always have leadership training


  6. "It was very rewarding to support such a vitally important mission carried out by some of the most dedicated people."

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    Former Employee - Supply Technician in Edwards AFB, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Technician in Edwards AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you believe in the defense of our freedom and want to serve in that mission, then this is a great career to have.

    Cons

    The day to day process of getting things completed can be bogged down by a slow and monolithic layer of decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the waste and knock off the "spend it or lose it" mentality regarding the annual budget.

    So-called end of FY "fallout money" are taxpayers dollars you're entrusted with!


  7. "Cyber Defense Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, excellent professional development, excellent benefits, excellent mission, good pay. There is always the trade-off of hire pay at a private company but with longer work days.

    Cons

    Many of the computer-development platforms are outdated, bureaucracy is painful (a form for everything), low-energy colleagues who will never get fired, lack of direction by management.

    Advice to Management

    I would ask management to provide better direction to those that actually do real work. Reward hard workers rather than those who "suck up." Get rid of dead wood.


  8. "Military Officer"

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    Current Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent comaraderi and health benefits

    Cons

    Challenging and Difficulty to innovate


  9. "Contracting"

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    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Contracting Officer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance high pay lots of training work at home opportunities child care discounts pension good benefits free gym

    Cons

    Bureaucracy too heavy management lots of reporting old technology systems small acquisition workforce in city typically travel to Dayton for training

    Advice to Management

    Better leadership reach out


  10. "Supporting our national defense, seeing the results every day"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Robins AFB, GA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Robins AFB, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get involved in cutting-edge defense strategies, directly supporting the national defense of our country. Depth AND breadth of experience is encouraged, you're never locked into one place if you have a shorter attention span. Education is supported and encouraged. Depending on where you live, salary is pretty competitive. Maybe less so in major metropolitan areas, but in middle GA it's solid.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, nothing happens fast. The way people are selected for promotion is sometimes head-scratching, the interview process is ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat, spend more time developing and selecting good management talent. Do not be afraid to "clean house" when it comes to policies, procedures, and regulations.


  11. "Telecommunications"

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    Current Employee - Telecommunications Supervisor in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Supervisor in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Values, Family programs, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, work weekends, 24HRS standbye

    Advice to Management

    None


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