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US Joint Chiefs of Staff Reviews

Updated December 14, 2016
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US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin E. Dempsey
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  1. "J-5 Strategic Plans and Policy"

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    Current Employee - Country Desk Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Country Desk Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to exercise significant influence on national security policies; surprisingly reasonable work schedule, if there's not a crisis.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there's almost always a crisis. Work loads aren't evenly distributed among directorates and divisions.

    Advice to Management

    More evenly distribute work loads among directorates and divisions.


  2. "The Joint Staff"

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    Former Employee - Action Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Action Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seeing the big picture
    The reward of seeing your program being used by the DoD
    Working with great peers
    Actually having normal work hours

    Cons

    The frustration of red tape
    A lot of duplication of effort
    Not seeing your program used and most of your work wasted
    The civilians always win the time game

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on duplication of effort
    More synergy
    The civilians always win the time game


  3. "Operations Officer"

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

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Operationally focused organization working directly with the Combatant Commands to support the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. High quality professionals selected to work on the Joint Staff.

    Cons

    Small staff with many jobs one person deep requiring creative solutions to cover responsibilities when someone is on vacation, sick, or otherwise gone.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the aggressive recruitment and staffing work with the different services. Gaps in positions hurts the organization. Maintain focus on operational requirements.


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  5. "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Planner/Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Planner/Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time

    Pros

    Employees contribute to national security mission, defense of nation, and complex problem solving daily. Staff work is used daily to make planning and policy decisions at Flag Officer/General Officer level to influence the current Administration and National Security Council decisions.

    Cons

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff is a phenonomal place to work, but the hours are grueling and work/life balance is difficult to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain full-time study options, career-broadening transition opportunities and for any joint duty rotations, ensure the agency receiving a Joint Chiefs of Staff employee has a reciprocal replacement for the Joint Staff.


  6. "JS"

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    Current Employee - Division Chief in Stafford, VA
    Current Employee - Division Chief in Stafford, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent workplace with great opportunities to work with the interagency and regional militaries.

    Cons

    Sometimes the slow pace of policy making can be frustrating.


  7. "Deputy Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Fantastic leadership across the board. Great deal of autonomy. Opportunities to work with a wide variety of organizations across the Executive Branch, including military, civilian, and contractors.

    Cons

    Rotating shifts could be troublesome. Commute was always a bear, but then again, it's DC, what can one expect? Transit subsidy helped ease the pain a bit, but can't quite make up for all the time in transit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Keep fighting the good fight. Staff work is certainly a grind, but at this level the process remains critically important, and shortcuts, while tempting, end up creating more work in the long run. I certainly appreciate the opportunity.


  8. "Collaborative, Collegial Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working alongside a team of professionals who are truly dedicated to our nation's defense.
    Great opportunity to learn about and from other military and civilian "organizational cultures".

    Cons

    Civilian upward mobility is somewhat limited due to the high retention rate and relatively small number of positions available.
    Long hours are typical -- often includes weekends depending on office.


  9. "Political/Military Planner a.k.a. Action Officer"

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    Former Employee - Political-Military Planner A K A Action Officer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Political-Military Planner A K A Action Officer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interagency experience
    Participation and influence in strategic level decision making
    Finest staff officers in the world
    Due to working in a classified environment, not much work goes home with you
    Access to Pentagon Athletic Center

    Cons

    Work- life balance
    Three year assignment
    DC cost of living and commute
    Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow the services to provide their best and brightest


  10. "Tremendous opportunities for success but limited by lack of leadership, innovation and decision making"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best and brightest in the military at the action officer level. Exceptionally motivated personnel, hard working and smart. The brightest people the military can find.

    Cons

    Lack of clear guidance. Senior leadership is overwhelmed because of inability to push decision making down to SMEs. Decisions are centrally controlled and the bright minds/idea people are crushed by micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    You have the best minds in the military. Let them perform and execute without stringent oversight. If a new idea comes up, support it, nurture it and move it forward.


  11. "Good place to learn the bigger picture"

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    Current Employee - Action Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Action Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Joint Chiefs of Staff full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work on a variety of high-level issues. It's a fast-paced environment, but you have some control over the work/life balance. Everyone at this level is very talented and experienced which makes for a great learning environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace of decision-making is glacial. You could end up working an issue that won't come to fruition for many, many years.



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