High School Work Study (Former Employee), Fort Meade, MD – May 22, 2013
Pros: security clearance
Cons: not a lot to do, boring, not a fun atmosphere, long commute, no parking available.
Unfortunately my time at the department of defense was not very good. As a high school work study I only worked four hours per day and sometimes spent all four of those hours sitting at my desk with nothing to do. The pay, benefits and advancement opportunities were great but the lack of work to be done was really discouraging to me. I like to earn – more... my money, not to have it given to my by the taxpayers for not doing any work. This job was very boring and really made me feel unimportant. I did gain beneficial experience with organization and filing but that was about all. – less
break room to eat lunch, t.v. micro wave and refrigerator.
Police Officer (Current Employee), Coraopolis, PA – May 16, 2013
Pros: great benefits
Cons: limited advancement, very little to no overtime
A typical day at work would be arming up, morning briefs, vehicle inspection, and posting out. conducting radio checks with the dispatcher. Responding to incidents from alarm activation to medical emergencies or vehicle aaccidents. Conducting Vault checks,
Logistical Manager/Export Specialist/ (Current Employee), Georgia – May 14, 2013
Cons: on call 24/7
A normal day of work would consist of organizing paperwork and managing employees on different tasks we had to accomplish for that day. My co workers were self motivated and it was easy to work with them. I really like all of the responsibility I had.
My government experience was both gratifying and frustrating. I enjoyed the people I worked with and most try to do a good job. Dealing with upper level management was the hardest aspect, due to their inexperience in grocery store operations. In the private sector, managers rise through the ranks, so they are very knowlegeable about the departments – more... they are overseeing. In the government sector, management is determined by GS rating - so most managers are appointed to departments they've got no experience in themselves, which makes it very difficult to be productive, and efficient. There are also many EEO issues that still plague the civil service that need to be addressed. – less
Intelligence Specialist (Former Employee), Laurel, MD – May 14, 2013
Pros: lots to learn, challenging projects, interesting people, chance to serve country in numerous ways
Cons: inexperienced management corp, no work life balance, very political environment
DoD employment was challenging and educational. There are benefits to constantly being involved in multiple projects and high priority items. The pace at which these events occur is impossible to keep up with individually and VERY stressful. Unsuccessful completion of tasks are viewed extremely negatively and has effected the culture of management within. – more... Being successful in this environment is really about having the right personality and attitude, not the right skills. Also, depending on where you begin your career the structure of support or lack thereof can impact the growth of it. Still, success is up to the individual to decide how much time and effort they want to put in to succeed - personality and the right attitude go a long way. – less
UH-60 Helicopter Repairer (Former Employee), Fort Drum, NY. – May 12, 2013
A typical day at work consists of waking up at 4am, formation at 6am, physical training, work call by 9am, we would conduct preventative maintenance, update aircraft log books, tow and park aircraft, communicate status reports and updates to subordinates, and leadership and superiors, conduct phase maintenance, remain on standby for down aircraft recovery, – more... when we have nothing to do we conduct training on various topics of interest to job and saftey. – less