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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
493 Reviews

3.7
493 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Tons of Opportunity to Contribute!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work, secure and great benefits

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    • 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

    Pros

    This was a great place to work

    Cons

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

  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Very satisfying work

    • 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

    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
  8.  

    Limited growth overseas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Overall, it's been a wonderful 30 year experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding, pay is good, good promotion opportunities in other agencies.

    Cons

    Yes, one of the biggest downsides is when the government furloughed. That was something that no employee wants to face.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Government Quality Assurance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    No fear of Lay-offs, or terminations.

    Cons

    People rely on you to accept reliable products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits were very good,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst  in  Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Brooklyn, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    The Department of Defense (Army) have great salaries.

    Cons

    We need more mentors. Management needs to step up. Care more about employee growth and job satisfication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate more on the job training as well as professional training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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