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US Department of Defense Reviews

Updated 17 Jan 2020

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4.0
84%
Recommend to a Friend
94%
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US Department of Defense Secretary of Defense James Mattis
James Mattis
365 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 105 reviews)

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

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  1. "Log position"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Management Specialist in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great leave, job satisfaction

    Cons

    To Much travel for my liking

    Advice to Management

    Less redundant training

    US Department of Defense2020-01-17
  2. "retire in 30 days"

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    Current Employee - Lead Carpenter 

    I have been working at US Department of Defense full-time

    Pros

    good retirement in the long run

    Cons

    security hassle at gate entry

    US Department of Defense2020-01-15
  3. "Flexible scheduling is a lifesaver"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to flex your schedule when a family event arrises; diverse population with a wide range of experiences to draw from; consistent educational opportunities

    Cons

    Understanding some of the acronyms and military jargon is initially difficult, but comes with time

    Advice to Management

    Explore what personal goals team members have and help them understand how those goals may line up with the department's goals.

    US Department of Defense2020-01-11
  4. "Network Enterprise center"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Fort Belvoir, VA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and people to work with.

    Cons

    The commute to work is my greatest sorrow.

    US Department of Defense2020-01-07
  5. "Beat Navy"

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    Current Employee - O3 - Army - Captain in Fort Lewis, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nearly impossible to be fired.

    Cons

    You are property to the US government......literally, somebody signs for you, just like property.

    Advice to Management

    Charlie Mike

    US Department of Defense2020-01-05
  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 

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

    Pros

    Benefits, including leave and and fringes.

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to private sector

    US Department of Defense2020-01-04
  7. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Firefighter 

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

    Pros

    Pay is great, schedule is too

    Cons

    48 hour shifts can be a bit long

    US Department of Defense2020-01-04
  8. "A great place to work and make life long friends"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefit package and endless travel opportunities

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities and stagnant wages

    Advice to Management

    Conduct Performance Evaluations with tangible feedback in a more timely manner

    US Department of Defense2020-01-02
  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Policy Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to contribute to key National Security Initiatives. Stable employment.

    Cons

    Even as a GS15 with 30+ years experience, you may be low on the totem pole working for The Departments most Senior Level Executives (Pentagon)

    Advice to Management

    Involve career employees more effectively. Don’t run everything from the front office. More feedback to the rank and file and in specific initiatives is key.

    US Department of Defense2020-01-01
  10. "Diversified Electrical Engineering Experiences At DOD"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not for profit but for mission Unique challenging problems Ability to travel and PCS Opportunity to transition work roles

    Cons

    Less pay than private sector Moving forced from many locations Hard to develop deep knowledge

    US Department of Defense2020-01-09
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