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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 24 September 2014
Updated 24 September 2014
505 Reviews
3.8
505 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel
81 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 22 reviews)

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

    Senior Cyber Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of Defense for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting tasks, support your country, sometimes high-level responsibilities.

    Cons

    Wasted skill sets of many individuals, lack true leadership in many organizations as well as they change too frequently to be an effective and efficient organization;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select best qualified individuals for the job not just friends, political affiliation, learn to properly led and correct the deficiencies of the organization vice be so concerned advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Interesting experience. There are great opportunities to learn a lot but so much politics and red tape.

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    Current Employee - Accountant/Financial Mgt Analyst
    Current Employee - Accountant/Financial Mgt Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great salaries! Despite what many think, the salaries in the federal government are pretty competitive with private industry salaries. Although bonuses are becoming something of the past, they are offered.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge is working through the bureaucracy and politics. Senior leaders still haven't gotten on board with technology, trusting their people, and truly having a work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Serve your country in a fast-paced environment which will provide you experience like no other employer.

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    Current Employee - Classified  in  Columbia, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Classified in Columbia, MD (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hands on experience. New and emerging technology. Travel all over the world. Get to see new and cool ideas come to fruition.

    Cons

    It can be very stressful at times. Politics suck. That is about it really. Nothing else to add for this section.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Well Done

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flex Schedule, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    none except it can be a good-ole-boy system.

  6.  

    Tons of Opportunity to Contribute!

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The DoD has numerous organizations performing critical defense functions. The DoD leadership and culture encourage employees to grow and learn. It fosters and enables moving into more senior positions over time. Excellent employees generally advance more quickly than the mediocre.

    Cons

    It is the worlds largest bureaucracy. Sometimes that creates frustratingly slow decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your job is to Inspire, motivate, and train the employees and then support their efforts to get their jobs done!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very positive stable career.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Meeting new military members on a daily basis. Service members are very thankful for the support civilians provide. Rewarding career.

    Cons

    Technology appears to be behind the times and is a constant budget concern. Paperwork is endless at times. Takes up a lot on the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the paperwork burden.

  8.  

    Very satisfying work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    People, work satisfaction, chance to contribute and do meaningful work. Many chances for leadership and an emphasis on training and professional development.

    Cons

    Difficult to get into, trend towards hiring from within. Resource constraints and the occasional threat of a furlough sometimes stunt organizational and individual growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    awesome

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    very nice, cool people, free cookies

    Cons

    i like it alot, people are nice

  10.  

    Great place to work, secure and great benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    This was a great place to work

    Cons

    There are lots of young interns coming in with the entitlement syndrome.

  11.  

    Limited growth overseas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Naples (Italy)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples (Italy)

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Training is abundant, if you desire. You are given the opportunity to cross train and learn other positions. Flexibility of vacation time and the various work hours available.

    Cons

    The office environment in certain facilities creates low morale. Individuals are often granted promotions and/or raises based on who they know versus what they know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be able to understand all of the positions that they supervise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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