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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
526 Reviews
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526 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 24 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Often long hours required even as a civilian employee; Military culture dominates (in 29 reviews)

  • Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exciting but bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Travel and exposure to national policy

    Cons

    Frustrating to get things accomplished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward innovation, reduce paperwork

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employed with DOD for 22 years. Very fulfilling.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Fort Hood, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Fort Hood, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    challenging, adventurous and rewarding, you will not disappointed you get out of it what you put into it.

    Cons

    changes to environment are constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work! I can't imagine being anywhere else. This is the best job ever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy-going, open work environment.

    Cons

    Work spaces are dated and depressing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It could be nice if managed properly.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Federal employment is definitely a plus.

    Cons

    Lack of sound leadership.This is not a place to work where all is fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know the regs, and protect your people from unfair labor practices.

  6.  

    Developing cutting edge technologies for the US Navy and DoD

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great. It's a low stress slow paced environment and ther are pretty reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    There is a lot of paperwork/red tape making it hard to feel like you're making any real difference. It isn't very challenging and I didn't feel like I was learning very much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's no advice to give. It's the government. Everyone wants to make a change, but there are no mechanisms in place to let it happen.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good cool job cant complain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Pay, job security and benefits, TSP 5 percent and diverse market

    Cons

    Suoer competitive people are sharks and snakes for the oppurtunity to tear you down

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is WONDERFUL
    Benefits are WONDERFUL

    Cons

    No CONS to think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supportive environment

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    Current Employee - Detective in Tacoma, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Detective in Tacoma, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is exceptional. Ability to recieve up to date training. Once your probation period is over, short of committing a crime it would be hard to be fired as long as you continue to complete your job.

    Cons

    Must put up with a good amount of crap, Big Army is slow to catch up with the rest of the position culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The opportunity to pursue almost anything field you want

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    Former Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Division Chief in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Options--in jobs, locations, responsibilities, etc.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy often stands in the way of common sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consistent schedule and good pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Assistant in Andrews AFB, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Transportation Assistant in Andrews AFB, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Consistent schedule and good pay

    Cons

    Work is dependent on the budget. May be furloughed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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