US Department of Defense
3.8 of 5 413 reviews
www.defenselink.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.8 413 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

US Department of Defense CEO Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

(49 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Job security and the openness to improve processes"
    in 43 reviews
  • "There are a number of policies in place that benefit work-life balance"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours; Beauracratic; Political meddling by congress;political disdain by congress"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Salary is lower than private sector, system can be very rigid at times, but usually ok"
    in 17 reviews
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Lieutenant Colonel (Former Employee)
Colorado Springs, CO (US)

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

Prosmy 43 year tensure the most rewarding and inspiring

ConsAssignments were challenging but rewarding

Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve in your people and what their talents can make or break mission success

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of people who don't care anymore, but some that are great.

Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
Monterey, CA (US)

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

ProsIf you are willing to work hard and grow, there is usually work to do.

ConsNo matter what you do, you will get a pay cut every year until you quit or congress suddenly starts getting along.
Furlough, Shutdown, Sequester - every year you make less.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Amazing

Financial Management Analyst (Current Employee)
Edwards AFB, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat hours, great benefits, amazing opportunity to grow and get an education. I love where I work, and believe this is somewhere so stable and exciting to work at.

ConsA little behind the times.

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Hard Working People

Administrative Contracting Officer/Contract Administrator (Former Employee)
San Antonio, TX (US)

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

ProsPromotions basically depend upon you, and where you are working. Pay, is above normal, and it does allow for personal growth through training, responsibility and leadership.

ConsPeople that need to be fired are usually transferred with a promotion.

Advice to Senior ManagementKnow your people.

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I have 22 years with the Department of Defense and most recently retired.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Department of Defense

ProsExcellent employment benefits. The government does pay your transportation and cost when selected for overseas or stateside as long as the agency agrees. Of the years with DOD, My wife and I spent two tours in Korea, and three in Germany. Also Pa, Al, Ky.

ConsManagement is top heavy. Promotions are still the good ole boy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Stable but somewhat frustrating

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Oklahoma City, OK (US)

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

ProsStable Work Environment
Patriotic Mission
Adequate compensation

ConsBureacracy....
Hard to make an impact especially if junior...but possible

Advice to Senior ManagementReward more fully your top performers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Satisfying

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ansbach (Germany)

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

ProsGreat people, team oriented environment.

ConsPromotion stagnation, limited opportunities for internal growth

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best Place for a Veteran

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)

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

ProsHands down. The Dept of Defense is one of the best places to work in this day in age.
Best pay for lower level jobs.

ConsThere is alot of mandatory yearly training but hey I guess thats any where you go.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunity for American teachers to work for the US Government overseas

0200 TEACHER (MIXED MIDDLE) (Former Employee)
Schweinfurt (Germany)

I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary is based upon the highest average salaries for public school teachers in the US.
Salary is dependent upon years of teaching in accredited schools and earned degrees.
Working for the US Government overseas while protected by the US Government.
Teaching American children that one's nationality is more important than one's skin color.

ConsLimit of ten years non-DoDEA experience recognized on the Salary Step Schedule.
Living in a "fishbowl" environment with other Americans who tend to know all about you.
Time and travel distance from the US limits relations with family back in the US.
Vacancies highly dependent upon the US national forces deployment overseas.
Schools are closed permanently depending upon global political situations.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job managing teacher employment despite variable funding availability.

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

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Staisfactory Pay, benefits, and compensation plans with inexhaustable good work climate for advancement.

Human Resources Director (Former Employee)
North Charleston, SC (US)

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

ProsOffice culture is highly structured, work-life balance is on the average side, and leadership is highly alegant towards stakeholders motives as well as having latitude to compensate for lower echelons occasional requests

ConsPromotions are on-time and on merit (positive), Training is always emphasied (positive), Benefits are rated on the 80% (positive) - on this basis and fronts there really are no cons

Advice to Senior ManagementSustain current position on policies and standards for promotions, training, and benefits, while also seeking improvements to better current sustained benchmark.

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

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