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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
577 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 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.  

    Supporting the U.S. Military as an Army Officer in Special Operations was a phenomenal experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Challenging work environment that empowered me to be a creative and passionate leader.

    Cons

    You are not rewarded for excellent performance and poor performer's receive the same compensation, incentives, and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders must be creative in how they maintain and encourage their talent--talent management can't only be worked at the Human Resources level, it must be a leader priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great and Rewarding Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits, challenging assignments

    Cons

    Sometimes it is a hard balance between professional work and family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adherence to mission, family and organizational values

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Way of Life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Soldier in Fort Benning, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Soldier in Fort Benning, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, experience, development of leadership skills and great networking.

    Cons

    Deployments and time away from loved ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to work with Soldiers for better diversity of assignments in all job fields.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lead Orthopedic tech.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Orthopedic Technician in Landstuhl (Germany)
    Current Employee - Orthopedic Technician in Landstuhl (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Travel, Location, Benefits. Pay is mid-range. Housing, utilities and amenities are provided for. Being to assist in taking care of those who protect our country and way of life.

    Cons

    Time in Europe is limited. There is no job security. Chance for advancement is limited. Educational opportunities are little to none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Production Control

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Manage large personnel and always busy with something.

    Cons

    Working more hours than others at my same pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recommend for higher promotion rate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    US Marine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Marine in Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - US Marine in Jacksonville, NC (US)

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Travel the world and to defend the United States of America.

    Cons

    There are no cons to note

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to note

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging and Rewarding

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    Current Employee - Pilot
    Current Employee - Pilot

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    camaraderie, sense of purpose, results oriented

    Cons

    long deployments away from home, life threatening locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always lead effectively

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mechanic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great place to learn.

    Cons

    Very stressful at times depending on shop and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being "yes" men.

    Recommends
  10.  

    It is a family oriented organization, that shows it's support in all aspects of one's life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Guaranteed check, paid time off, down days, discounts, special offers, great moral

    Cons

    long hours, civilian vs military

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Worked at ARDEC under the Department of the Army in Munitions Engineering

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work, great environment for learning valuable engineering skills. Able to work independently with little supervision. As long as the job gets done you are not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Pay is below market value for engineers. Engineers need to be valued more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for better pay for your "valued" engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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