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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
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Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 27 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 48 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel and exposure to national policy

    Cons

    Frustrating to get things accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Reward innovation, reduce paperwork

  2. Supervisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    A chance to travel, benefits

    Cons

    A lot of long hours, deployments, and time away from family sometime

    Advice to Management

    The military has it's ups and downs, but if one can make it to 20 years the retirement pay and some of the continued benefits are great

  3. consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working to better your country

    Cons

    Way too much beaurocracy in the govt

    Advice to Management

    This is kind of ridiculous to ask

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  5. Director Strategy Group

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Job with significant impact and autonomy

    Cons

    Must strive to provide predictability to the work schedule

    Advice to Management

    maintain the connection with the work place environment

  6. Great Benefits;

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits; Salary was good; Diverse people; Ever changing work place"The pay and benefits are a bonus in accordance with the aforementioned information

    Cons

    Lifestyle can be hard on family unit with long periods of being away from family"
    Long periods of time spent away from home during training or deployment

  7. Attorney

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Attorney in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people ... mission focused.

    Cons

    Poor communication and no formal senor executive development program.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency ... improve communication!!

  8. Training

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    stable, plethora of opportunities, travel

    Cons

    lack of flexibility, regulated, process over outcome

  9. Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flexibility, leave/vacation and sick days, paid holiday time off

    Cons

    Limitations for career advancement to higher pay grades, even if you have degrees, due to time in-grade restrictions, Reduction in Force (RIF)

  10. Budget Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, work environment, and people

    Cons

    Most jobs located around Washington DC.

    Advice to Management

    Give qualified applicants a chance for opportunities.

  11. SCM

    Current Employee - 10+ Years in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - 10+ Years in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    Many determine on work environment

    Cons

    Some concerns are laboring duties

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work

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