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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated Dec 9, 2019

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4.0
84%
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93%
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense James Mattis
James Mattis
358 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits vs corporate or private(in 190 reviews)

  • "Job security - contracts keep you employed as long as you follow the rules(in 159 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is a lack of opportunities locally due to the MTF available opportunities consist of more than half of military personnel(in 104 reviews)

  • "Uncertainty at times, long hours(in 88 reviews)

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  1. "HR Director"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sense of team and purpose.

    Cons

    Slow moving innovative ideas / initiatives.

    US Department of Defense2019-12-10
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Intern Experience - Many opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique experience offered unlike any private sector job

    Cons

    Pay in government is substantially lower than the private sector. Working for a government contractor is many times more lucrative.

    US Department of Defense2019-12-06
  3. "DoD"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work Job satisfaction Lots of professional development opportunities Diverse workforce

    Cons

    Civil service HR is inflexible Salary is generally noncompetitive Inefficient by design (or congressional mandate)

    US Department of Defense2019-12-05
  4. "Diverse with numerous opportunities for growth."

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    I have been working at US Department of Defense

    Pros

    Flexibility, team work, diverse workforce

    Cons

    Extended hours with unpredictable schedules at times

    Advice to Management

    Management was always open to suggestions to help scheduling conflicts or concerns.

    US Department of Defense2019-12-05
  5. "One of the best employers I ever worked for in my career."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Fort McCoy, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best benefits packages available, most amount of work variety available.

    Cons

    Sometimes not the best of management choices or managers, peter principle at its worst.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow the worst managers to rise above their capabilities. Train them or don't promote them.

    US Department of Defense2019-12-01
  6. "Great tools for life"

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    Former Employee - Marine 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good discipline, ethos to live by, benefits, and comradeship .

    Cons

    Uncertainty at times, long hours.

    US Department of Defense2019-11-30
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    high paced environment, lacks monotony which provides for a challenging yet rewarding atmosphere.

    Cons

    The salary is low and is not increased based on locality.

    US Department of Defense2019-11-21
  8. "FRSA"

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    Former Employee - FRSA in Vilseck
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Department of Defense full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great job to help soldiers and their families.

    Cons

    Was not a 9 to 5 job atmosphere. During deployment it's necessary to be empathetic to those around you.

    US Department of Defense2019-11-20
  9. "It's a magical place."

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    Current Employee - Army Reserve Administrator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    There is a lot of traveling.

    US Department of Defense2019-11-14
  10. "Department review"

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    Current Employee - Management and Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits program

    Cons

    Little opportunity for upward mobility

    US Department of Defense2019-11-13
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