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US National Guard Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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US National Guard General Joseph L. Lengyel
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Pros
  • Great place to serve your country while being a citizen (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits, many oppurtunities present just have to reach out (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • You are away from family for a little while (in 31 reviews)

  • Some long hours can happen, so be prepared (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Industrial Hygiene Technician"

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    Current Employee - Industrial Hygiene
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygiene
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good Pay, Ability to think on your feet

    Cons

    Have to play the "Good Ol' Boy" game


  2. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Soldier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Soldier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Build Confidence
    opens up many opportunities
    meet a lot of great people

    Cons

    None I can think of

  3. "Slow"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cheap insurance, pension, paycheck. Moto

    Cons

    Slow as molasses. Poor organizational skills

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. "Intel Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Johnstown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Valuable training and great for resume building

    Cons

    While I was in, there was not much upward movement in my unit.

    Advice to Management

    Release soldiers earlier when there is no work left to do.


  5. "Information Technology Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peekskill, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peekskill, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel to various military installations, gain experience in the subject matter field of your position, one weekend a month, allows for many opportunities in the civilian world.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be activated to deploy over seas in a combat theater, on call 24/7 incase of a natural disaster or large incident that the state needs further assistance.


  6. "Second Lieutenant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time

    Pros

    Purpose and meaning in job.

    Cons

    Long, unpredictable hours for training.


  7. "Geo spatial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn new materials and new training.

    Cons

    Updates are needed on gear and software.

  8. "Infantry"

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    Current Employee - Infantry in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Infantry in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will meet some interesting people and see a different side of life in a Military environment.

    Cons

    As a reservist, schedule changes continuous and often they expect you to leave your regular employment at a moments notice because they decide to change the schedule. Often long periods of waiting around with little direction or training. Often, communication is not passed down the chain of command and leaves the entire unit not knowing what is going on with anything!

    Advice to Management

    Take more leadership courses and listen to the junior ranks that do the actual grunt work.


  9. "Signal PL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    schooling, life insurance, other benefits

    Cons

    You spend a lot of time consuming schools


  10. "If you are full-time, it can be nice. If you are part-time, it is a complete waste."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    I really cannot think of anything.

    Cons

    No benefits. Interferes with civilian occupation. Education benefits are taxable and considered income knocking you out of free federal stuff. No support for advancement. You can get arrested if you miss a drill. Only officers and full-timers get anything substantial out of it. If you are enlisted, it is OK if you are full-time. If you are enlisted part-time NG, then you are the lowest form of life on Earth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to recruits.


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