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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.8 464 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(69 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance(in 21 reviews)

  • Great job security working with the federal Government(in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Requires long hours, time away from your family and lack of upward mobility(in 28 reviews)

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

464 Employee Reviews
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    Exciting but bureaucratic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTravel and exposure to national policy

    ConsFrustrating to get things accomplished

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward innovation, reduce paperwork

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great organization to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat job security not really any worries

    Consfrequent moves every three years

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep people at one location longer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the best places I have worked.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI was permitted to spread my wings and step outside of my comfort zone.

    ConsIf working with the military environment, this is not for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep allowing people to obtain job growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    On an intrinsic level, this career has been very satisfying, but on a tangible level there is much to be desired.

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsPros are contributing to something (at times) that is greater than myself.

    ConsThe decision makers in Congress will cut your retirement and benefits well before they will ever think about trimming their own "fat".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mission Focused, Great Experience!

    Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC (US)

    ProsThe DoD has strong core values and is very mission focused. It was humbling to see the sacrifice made by so many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. I was proud to be a civil servant, and enjoyed knowing that I was doing something to better our nation.

    ConsThe civilian side of DoD is very traditional and slow to adopt new ways of doing things. They've made strides over the last 5 years regarding work at home, work life balance, and dress code

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to explore new ways to attract talent from the next generation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Military Career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will never get a chance to enjoy camaraderie as you do in the military. It will align you for success throughout your lifetime.

    ConsYou must be flexible and willing to go the extra mile

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Upward Mobility

    E8 Senior Chief Petty Officer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent practice of inclusion and diversity

    ConsMentor program form the point of entry to transitioning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement mentorship program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Information Systems Technician

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTraveling the world and serving your country.

    ConsDeployments, being away from your family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAwesome chances at advancing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship experience! Such helpful and friendly colleagues and there is so much to learn from those around you!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proslearning experience, great people, good work-life balance, easy to access

    Conssecurity clearance process, male dominant setting,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    I have learned a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat way to meet new people and learn about the MTFs

    ConsTraining, location, and room to grow

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