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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Eorking for the Department of Defense is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Director, Special Programs in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director, Special Programs in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Knowing that you are directly supporting brave Americans who are defending all of our freedoms.

    Cons

    None noted....sometimes the hours are long but where is that not true?

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your subordinates to always be willing to find a better way to do things.


  2. "Working for the government is rewarding and stress free."

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Eglin AFB, FL
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Eglin AFB, FL
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits, time off, scheduled raises, and vacation days. The pay is competitive starting out and through the middle years of working. You manage your own schedue; it is not difficult to work one day and not the next as long as you have the vacation hours and are successful in completing your tasks assigned. The guaranteed raises are nice becuase you can plan on them and know what they will be. The government also allow civilians three hours a week of paid physical fitness time.

    Cons

    Scheduled raises; its hard to climb the coporate ladder at an accelerated rate. You have to be in a certain pay grade for a period of time before being eligible for the next raise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep micromanagement to a minimum.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work, and a great way to serve!"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First and foremost, you can take great pride in your work, as you are directly supporting the defense of the United States. You're working for the citizens, not for the company owner or stockholders. The DOD performs some of the most critical tasks for the nation's defense, and by working there you can have a direct impact on the safety of the warfighters on the "pointy end of the spear," as well as your friends, relatives, and colleagues. The health benefits are better than any commercial company, and the retirement plan is on par with the 401(k)s offered by other companies.

    Cons

    There are the usual pitfalls of Government work - too much bureaucratic red tape to wade through, and the current performance pay system, while beneficial for feedback and improvement, does not leave much opportunity for growth. Also, after 15 years of experience, you can make considerably more money in the private sector, especially with Government experience and contacts to bring with you. Finally, sometimes Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) can rear its ugly head and deny people of certain backgrounds advancement due to the seemingly mandatory promotion of those that may not be technically qualified, but may fill some unofficial quota.

    Advice to Management

    Keep asking your employees for feedback, and act on it! If you don't want to lose your top talent to the commercial sector, you need to take better care of your people and reward those that have earned it. Pride in your job alone is not enough to keep someone in a Federal career for 35+ years.


  4. "It's not a job...it's a total committment with immeasurable rewards."

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    Current Employee - General
    Current Employee - General
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    Pros

    It's an opportunity to serve and be part of something larger than myself or my individual desires. Service, integrity, honor, professionalism, excellence, and honor are THE driving standards in our workplace. You work in an enivironment that demands the trust and confidence of your teammates. The opportunities for training, leadership, and travel are hard to match anywhere. Intellectual and physical endurance is rewarded. Innovation is highly encouraged. Good stewardship of all of our resources is expected and demanded. Thirty days of annual vacation is a benefit that is afforded to all members of the military, not just the most senior members.

    Cons

    Our work environment often requires a 24/7 committment. You can be away from home frequently, and miss the once-in-a lifetime opportunities with families such as births, anniversaries, high-school graduations, baby's first steps etc. The military is often tasked to do the impossible without the required resources. So if you are not motivated or innovative, or if you are not of a nature that embraces endurances, serving in the military may be tough for you to do. Additionally, you are not always the master of your own time. We call it "service" for a reason...we serve the country and those appointed as our government leaders. We don't serve our own desires.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to advocate for the needs of those that serve.


  5. "Great place for a lifetime career"

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    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Agent in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Strong mission to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States, This is done through the coordinated efforts of the defense agencies and military services.
    Since the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act in 1989, stemming the flow of drugs into the United States has become a national security priority. DOD is legislatively tasked with three counterdrug responsibilities:
    • Be the lead agency for detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime transit of illegal drugs into the United States.
    • Integrate the command, control, communications and technical intelligence assets of the federal government dedicated to drug interdiction into an effective communications network.
    • Approve and fund the governors’ state plans for expanded use of the National Guard in support of drug interdiction and counterdrug activities of domestic law-enforcement agencies.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and frequent deployments

    Advice to Management

    Strong at the Secretary levels but could be stronger at the flag officer level.


  6. "Construction Rep"

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    Current Employee - Construction Representative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Construction Representative in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Great place to start a career. Training is unlimited and great work/life balance. Office environment is great. I work with lots of committed people who like their jobs. Free gym is available where I work. Great communications (phone, email, internet, blackberry). Ability to travel and overtime is available. GOV vehicles and compensation for taking public transportation is available.

    Cons

    Working in Washington DC. Too crowded and the roadways are not set up for this many people. Opportunities for advancement can be minimal. Transferring out of the area can be hard. You might have to know somebody in order to get a job in another location.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have anything for my group however it could be worse.


  7. "Potential growth opportunities at the Department of Defense."

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    Current Employee - Policy Advisor
    Current Employee - Policy Advisor
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    Pros

    This is the place to work if you want to make a difference in the world and serve a higher purpose for the benefit of your nation. Opportunities for advancement are plentiful.

    Cons

    Washington DC commutes are legendary and challenging. Mass transit is the preferred method of getting to work either by Metro Light Rail trains or Virginia Railway Express. Metro bus routes are also available. Parking in and around the Pentagon is limited and requires a pass. Office buildings in Crystal City that offer parking charge enough to make employers provide parking as a benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management at the Department of Defense needs to continue to recognize that military power complements dipolomacy, economic power, and soft power. Kinetic solutions should be used as defensive measures for the US and our allies only when the sum of the nation's power and influence has failed to protect our interests.

  8. "Think for yourself, do something useful, do what feels right"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In today's economy, job security is a great reason. There are numerous development programs for young employees and plenty of travel opportunities. The job is highly respected, both within and on the outside. And it is one of the few jobs where at the end of the day you feel like you have had a positive impact.

    Cons

    As with any government institution, there is plenty of bureaucracy. The Defense Department tends to also have a fairly secretive culture that can be restrictive. For example, some offices do not have access to the internet -- forget about listening to your iPod or having access to the internet if you're working on anything classified.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box. Listen to the people in the trenches -- they have first hand experience.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "DoD a Stable, well paying job in trying economic times"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Camp Murray, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Camp Murray, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable work with a predictable pay scale and schedule. There are plenty of opportunities to expand knowledge and skillsets through educational programs offered to all Civil Service employees. The hours are typically very set and steady, there is a lot of oppertunity to travel and enhance value to the employer by adding different responsabilities that will help make your job more secure. It is very easy to advance and make it far with the Department of Defense. In my 20 years of working I have not had a job that I have been as pleased with as this one. I would recommend rmployment with the DoD to anyone.

    Cons

    Dealing with the "Old School" people that tend to act like the customer is a hinderence to their work rather than the REASON THEY HAVE A JOB.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on the level of customer service and gain feedback from those served to find ways to improve processes.


  10. "Work Hard at one of the most important assignments of your life."

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety, challenge, responsibility, it is all there for those who want to work hard at important national security assignments. JOB STABILITY

    Cons

    long hours, travel and need to be flexible in private life to accommodate work demands. Also living in WDC area is becoming unbearable

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep employees empowered and challenged


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