Administration (Current Employee) – World Wide – May 23, 2016
Long hours but with many benefits, to include medical/dental. The ability to see the world. Many opportunities for promotion each year with pay raises. The ability to be a first-line supervisor after 4 years and to be in charge of sections after two years of working in your current job.
Geospatial Analyst (Current Employee) – Beale AFB, CA – May 23, 2016
The USAF pretty much taught me all the leadership skills, and life skills that I was not able to learn as a regular citizen of society. Also they provided fine guidelines on how to treat other people, and how to interact in a group setting. They broke any barriers that any of my peers had before joining. This meant putting all of our differences aside and getting a job done, which is the fundamentals of any job or workplace.
Serving in the U.S. Air Force is a privilege and a curse. I am privileged with the opportunity to voluntarily serve my country, to have my family taken care of, to have had the opportunity to see the world. There are so many great things to say about being an Airman. But as with everything, with the good comes the bad. We have many benefits as being service members, and from the outside, these benefits may even seem unfair to a regular civilian. Free college, free healthcare, tax free groceries, even military discounts at a lot of retailers. But these benefits are not just a handout. These are earned. There is no other job in the world that expects you to give your life if required. No other job that expects you to continue your work 10 minutes after an explosion occurred 200 yards from you killing 11 people. We deal with a lot of horrible things the average person will never even see, and with that we experience some of the most amazing things most people only dream of.
I have loved serving, and it has given me so much that I will cherish forever, but I am ready to move on to a job that focuses on helping others, and doesn't require me to lay down my life if needed.
Amazing benefits, travel, growth opportunities, etc.
low pay, high work demand, long hours, off the wall supervision.
Pavements/Equipment operator (Former Employee) – Great Falls, MT – May 23, 2016
I leaned many different things while serving in the Air Force. I was formally trained on many different pieces of equipment while ensuring that I maintained a high standard. I really enjoyed working with all my peers and learning about their culture. The hardest part of this job was constantly having to move and travel.
working in a Airforce warehouse gives you a broad realization of running a warehouse
logistics (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 22, 2016
A typical day in the office usually starts out with Briefings on what needs to be done and who you will be working with in your section of the warehouse.the hardest part of the job is staying away from the flightline where all your planes and vehicles are stored.the best part is actually being able to go on the flightline.my coworkers are awesome i consider every last one of my coworkers to be family.
SIGNALS ANALYST AND REPORTER (Former Employee) – Pearl Harbor Naval Station, HI – May 22, 2016
I worked in a joint environment, so while I was wearing a USAF uniform, my experience was more in line of that of the US Navy, which is because I worked at a substation at Pearl Harbor. Very little contact with USAF leadership and an almost office environment.
Great work/personal balance.
Little contact with USAF leadership when issues arised.
I spent 20 years in the Air Force, and I've seen parts of the world, and worked jobs I never would have known existed. As the lead Administrator of the biggest clinic there were no "typical" days. I enjoyed managing people, and resources laid to my charge. The hardest part of my job was saying goodbye after Retirement. The most enjoyable part of my job was taking care of others, fostering team work, an successfully completing the daily operations of the mission.
The United States Military is a great institution to work for depending on the career path you wish to take. The benefits are phenomenal. Since the USAF is transitioning into a more professional working environment, the care given to individual is unparalleled.
The Air Force has been a great experience overall. However I started my career on the flight line were we consistently worked 12+ hour days, often times finishing a job early meant that you would sit around doing nothing for several hours until released. I was lucky to be able to cross-train into a non-flight line job and the experience is the complete opposite, set schedule, I got to choose the time I start work, have an hour lunch everyday and can take care of appointments and personal errands (oil change, DMV visit) during the day. You are paid based on rank not time spent at work so don't kill yourself when you could enjoy your time.
Barber/Stylist (Current Employee) – U S A F Academy, CO – May 21, 2016
A fun place to work. High volume of clients. I have become very well skilled with clipper work. We have flat screen TVs in the barbershop so the Cadets can watch movies while we cut their hair. The hardest part of he job is saying goodbye when graduation comes. Management needs improvement. My co-workers are all very nice.
Technician (Former Employee) – Westhampton Beach, NY – May 21, 2016
Worked there for four years as a Dual-Status Technician. The money is decent depending on your position. However, if you have education & experience your time and effort are better spent elsewhere. The management is terrible, general concern for people and morale is non-existent. Highlighting this, is the fact that many guardsmen can't handle being there for 1 weekend per month. Many of them transfer to another unit if they can, or are just biding their time until their contract is up. A majority of the workforce is made up of new recruits who don't know any better and personnel waiting out their retirement. The political agenda of the senior leadership has neglected the personnel supporting the mission. Bottomline, much like active duty, its a thankless job with extremely high demands on your life with little in return for compensation. My suggestion, take what you need from a job here...ie: experience, education, etc...and move on. There are many other federal positions that appreciate their employees, offer higher salaries, and don't have unreasonable expectations of work/life.
Entry-level pay, benefits (vacation, medical)
Poor leadership, Morale of personnel, Non-existent Work/Life Balance, Unreasonable work demands/comittment
Airman (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – May 20, 2016
I was having a good time in Clarksville until I received greetings from the president. I had taken ROTC in college, and the USAF didn't want me in the air; and, I didn't want to be with them on the ground.
Office Manager (Current Employee) – San Antonio, TX – May 20, 2016
The U.S. Air Force is a well run organization that values individual contributions, teamwork, and personnel growth. The level of pride displayed by the Air Force's Airmen is a testament to the leadership and what it means to serve the Nation!