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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
518 Reviews
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518 Reviews
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance considered important by senior leaders (in 23 reviews)

  • Job security is good, I don't live in fear of being laid off (in 45 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.  

    Job is great, traffic is awful, people are people

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Information Systems Manager in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, great job, good people for the most part

    Cons

    minimal room for growth, DC traffic is atrocious, people...it is the political hub, so make your own assessment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The job pays the bills

    Cons

    There is a lack of career progression

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    AF

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good way to travel a lot.

    Cons

    Lots of work for little pay.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Personnel management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Secruity, see the world, protect our country

    Cons

    Not many to mention at all

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager of automation for the network operations of US Army Europe network ops center

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    Current Employee - Internal Support Management in Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Current Employee - Internal Support Management in Wiesbaden (Germany)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Living in Europe, good training oportunities. Great working environment.

    Cons

    The base has lousy parking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience for interns, got to interact with officials at all levels

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at US Department of Defense as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not treated as a useless intern, quickly given real responsibilities if you work hard/show you can handle it
    Was able to meet a number of officials at all levels, who were often very friendly and took the time to talk with the interns, even though they were very busy
    Very interesting subject matter

    Cons

    No pay for interns, hiring freeze meant there were little to no options to stay after school/the internship ended
    It is a huge bureaucracy, so sometimes ways of doing things can seem pointless/require more work than necessary

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Won't find this mission anywhere else

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist

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

    Pros

    Get to work on a wide variety of projects that you can not do anywhere else.

    Cons

    Antiquated I.T., can be hard to entice others to adopt new trends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The world around us is changing culturall in the U.S. and that includes expected job perks and must-haves. If the DoD does not adapt it will be out competed for talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Large working teams means lots of bureaucracy and long lead times to get most things accomplished.

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    Current Employee - General Engineer in Rock Island, IL (US)
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Rock Island, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources that can broaden your skillset and a wide, diverse group of people to work with. Lots of training is available, however not all is as relevant as may be desired.

    Cons

    Many bureaucratic hoops to jump through to accomplish seemingly simple tasks. Benefits aren't as good as what was offered for previous generations of the workforce. Travel tends to be sporadic and oftentimes to the same locations.

  10.  

    In service to the defense of the Homeland

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

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

    Pros

    Providing the SECDEF the state of the Portfolio Health of Business acquisitions and Investment Review Board funding requests.

    Cons

    Stove-piped decisions and acquisitions producing duplications of capabilities and duplication of spending streams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparancy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Inventory Management Specialist

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    Current Employee - Inventory Management Specialist in Warner Robins, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Inventory Management Specialist in Warner Robins, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Supporting the war fighters, seeing how my actions/work can effect the military members out in the field.

    Cons

    limited to move up for promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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