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
Public Affairs Specialist (Former Employee), Falls Church, Va – May 8, 2013
Pros: office with a great view
Great work environment, managers listen to your ideas and sought input during meetings. Learned about the military insurance or Tricare and how to make sure that sensitive person information was being properly utilized and properly discarded. How to update policy and procedures of the organization; and the best way to implement new policies. Co-workers – more... were helpful with any small issues and very generous with ensuring that any problems could be solved. The commute was the only difficult part of the job but they job provided passes for commuters. I most enjoyable part for me was the fact that my voice was hear and my opinions were respected by others. – less
Arabic Linguist (Former Employee), Fort Irwin, CA – May 5, 2013
Pros: military benefits
Cons: military benefits
Military life, on call 24/7, duty might come up at anytime, learned the most from this job which I can carry and use for the rest of my life. My brothers in arms were very helpful. the hardest part when I get called for a duty. Enjoyable part is when I translate.
Logistics Management Specialist (Current Employee), Colorado Springs, CO – May 4, 2013
I have learned more in my almost 3 years with the federal government than school could have possibly taught me. I learned a lot about how not to manage people and how not to micromanage and the effects it can have. There are a lot of brilliant people working for the Department of Defense and they are doing amazing things but the nature of how the government – more... operates and how it is structured stifles efficiency and creativity. My co-workers have been great and enjoyable to work with. The hardest part about the job is accepting, or being told to accept, the answer of, "that's just the way we've always done it." I never accepted it but I was never allowed to go forth and try to change processes. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people I work with and the interesting work that I do and get to be involved with on a daily basis. It's interesting to see the news report on things that we have been told is classified information. – less
DoD has a lot of up sides. I love working there just looking to move on to something new that i can excell in better.
Okay to contact this Supervisor (Current Employee), Edwards, CA – May 3, 2013
Working in the engine shop is an awesome place to work. I enjoy taking down and building up turbofan, turbojet engines. There is always something new to be learn. Ever day there is something to be learned.
High profile job with emphasis on public relations.
Pentagon Tour Guide and Instructor (Former Employee), Arlington, VA – May 2, 2013
Work started at 6:00 a.m. with physical training, a mix of Cross-fit and running. Following recuperation time lessons that had been prepared a day earlier would be conducted in a classroom. Review and recital, being a valuable part of the learning process, was incorporated to help with memorization. After 3 hours of lessons a brief lunch period was – more... allowed and following lunch more classes would be introduced. The day would generally end at 4:00 p.m. to allow the students ample time to eat, study, and sleep in preparation for the following day. During this time period I learned a great deal about leadership. A leader is not meant to just assume that those under them will learn on their own, but a leader needs to assist and help guide the lessons and make sure that everyone is achieving success. This includes using personal time to help those that don't learn as fast and providing support and stability as well. The hardest part of being an instructor for this program would have been making the memorization process simple and then relating the material to the service member. My coworkers in the classroom were a joy to work alongside. We each recognized an affinity within each other for certain teaching aspects and encouraged each other to share that with the students to better help them learn. The most enjoyable part of my time as an instructor/tour guide would have to have been teaching. I enjoyed the opportunity to let others not only ask me questions, but determine what they wanted to learn on our tours and help them discover a little more of the world they live in. – less