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US National Guard Reviews

Updated July 15, 2018
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US National Guard General Joseph L. Lengyel
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Pros
  • "It is an honor to serve your country and state" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Great place to work at with great benefits" (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "Time away from family, mentally challenging" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Some long hours can happen, so be prepared" (in 42 reviews)

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  1. "Love it"

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

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    Being sonething bigger than yourself.
    Noticing you can do things you never thought possible.
    Education benefits.

    Cons

    If you're not in shape drills will kill you. Just stay working out and you'll be fine.


  2. "Duty and Service"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Operations Manager in Sandston, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Operations Manager in Sandston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US National Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Camaraderie, travel, challenge, professional development, service

    Cons

    Advancement, stove pipe, parochialism, workload, flexibility

    Advice to Management

    The organization needs to do better with identifying career paths for junior members earlier in their tenure.

  3. "Drilling part time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Juan, PR

    I worked at US National Guard part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Military service
    2-3 days of work a month help pay for school
    Learn a trade

    Cons

    Upward mobility poor
    Few training opportunities
    Difficult to transfer into Active Duty


  4. "16 year veteran"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    work from home, extra money

    Cons

    Military uncertainty, deployment is inevitable

    Advice to Management

    "National Guard" should be national.


  5. "Intelligence"

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Officer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid pay, great coworkers, overall a good job

    Cons

    Leadership at natioal guard bureau does not understand basic leadership principles


  6. "Sys admin"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Concord, NH
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Concord, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, paid hour to workout. clean building decent benefits.

    Cons

    unclear expectations at times. limited growth


  7. "Some can make it a 40 year career"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Austin, TX

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having a part time job

    Cons

    Progression can be slow. There can be too much going on when it's not necessary.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to say

  8. "42a"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you get sit around and talk to all the sections

    Cons

    you dont learn much since they have active duty ncos


  9. "Tightly knit community"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time

    Pros

    Very close coworkers, almost like an extended family.

    Cons

    Some stagnation in certain fields.


  10. "Civilian Employees Make it Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US National Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a civilian employee of the National Guard, and my technical/subject-matter expertise was appreciated by the Soldiers I served.

    Cons

    When you work for the National Guard Bureau but your work is out in a State, it is hard to feel valued by your employers even while you have that acknowledgement and appreciation in your workplace. There is too big of a disconnect.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that those with military service are better suited to the job, promotion, or recognition. Many times, they cannot forget their military rank and serve all equitably.


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