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Job is good, get 2.5 days of leave every month and can build it up to 75 days, and lots of holidays.

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Pro: they pay for your rent and everything else and free health care Cons: leadership/ coworkers is a insuranit or miss which will equal to a great life or depression lol
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It is what you make of it

You will be able to see the world if you choose. But do not take your unhappiness of being at Minot AFB, ND against other people. They are there as well. If you make great friends and build relationships you will have more fun.
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to learn new things

Good work life balance

I found the work life balance exceptional but work load comes in extremely slowly. It is good but has the obvious government frustrations. It was a good first job after college
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Could be a great job but management is terrible

When I first started there the job was amazing. There was a large change in management and lots of higher ups got shuffled around to different buildings and roles and that was when things went south fast. Rules change frequently and the way the rules are written (extremely vaguely) much of it is open to interpretation and many of the managers know this. Unless you are a “favorite” who bends over backwards for management they will punish staff for things that were never trained. Training is inconsistent at best. If you are unable to know of the constant policy changes in the moment, you are at risk for being penalized for not doing your job correctly. If the training issue gets addressed you will just get passed along as “that’s not my department”. The job itself would be great if it wasn’t for the higher ups constantly trying to find reasons to punish their staff.
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Enthusiastic Compliance

Make your boss look good. Play the game and you will be fine. Do not get hung up on the core values - leadership lies all the time, wastes taxpayer money and disparages the subordinates. Stay away from them if you can.


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Great pay and benefits

Easy Job but people have to make things difficult.Management's refusal to discipline poor performers means you will never be fired or you get to do their work too (depending on what side of the fence you are on).Great leadership never stays long enough or is not involved enough to make the positive changes this organization needs to be great.


Pay, Benefits, vacation time, work load, Lack luster management, Nepotism, Screw up move up, Good refuge for a scoundrel


Poor manning, Lack luster management, Nepotism, Screw up move up, almost non-existent support section, Good refuge for a scoundrel
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Your experience may vary

I served 7 years as a cardiopulmonary laboratory technician (now known as a respiratory care partitioner). I worked in various MTFs to include: Keesler, WPAFB, and Fort Sam. The pay is OK. But depending on your AFSC, you can make substantially more on the civilian side. About the culture, I joined at 22 years old after college. I was mature. Some of my coworkers were, a majority weren't. It's a mixed bag that'd you'd find in any job.Hardest part is change, going TDY, deployments, and bad leadership/supervisors.Would I join all over again? Maybe. But certainly not in the USAF's current liberal state.But hey, 30 days of leave a year is nice.
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Generational gap

Depending on what department you work in, it can be good. As with most government jobs, it can be very long until a result happens. Most of the retirees from active duty need to be more accepting of the newer generations entering the department. Some departments make more money just sitting around than the ones working very hard. Again, if you are a technical person and enjoy the mission, then it is good for you.




Personnel management, generational gaps
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A great way of life

When you start out you don’t make a lot of money. Promotion is slow in some career fields. Try to get a job reservation before going in. My first USAF job had little cross over to civilian career. Max out TSP to get a big jump on a 401k transfer when you get out. Go to college while in or even a trade school it’s almost free.
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Blurred lines between civilian and military duties

Overall great place to work. Good benefits and job security. However, the lines are often blurred between military and civilian roles. Leadership tends to be retired military who don’t understand that there are certain things you can’t do to civilian employees. For example: expecting them to be on call 24/7 involuntarily when you work a non-essential desk job.




Uneducated leadership
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Great place to work

Great leadership and people. Do you time and you will have no problem moving up. Some things can be better but that’s every work place. Pay is great and the job.
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Very rewarding

Very rewarding job with great benefits if you can handle the pressure. Great sense of culture and community with a common purpose. Can be demanding with long hours but the benefits are unmatched.
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Very productive and secure for ja ob

7:30-4:30 learned how to design HVAC systems and manage projects. Travel was very good. Supervisors were outstanding. Benefits were easy to access.


Good management


Unsure of contract extensions. more training needed.
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You have room to succeed if you apply yourself

Very busy. Mostly about the mission but people do matter. Opportunity abounds if you grab for the gold ring. You can make mistakes and be given an opportunity to fix them. Great opportunity for anyone to succeed.The culture is truly a family and everyone looks out for each other both on the job and off. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the fruits of your labors in real time and not decades later.




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Finance/Budget Office

When I was there, the loyalty was split between the whites and the blacks. The Blacks were under-minded at every turn with the exception of one, and the reasoning was because she was prior Army and so was the supervisor/chief of the office. A lot of favoritism and unfair treatment from co-workers and supervisor. So, no it was not a pleasant place to work at all.


The co-workers that could be trusted and made the work bearable.


Micro-management, unfair ratings and hostile environment
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Great job

Since working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base I have gained great work experience and gained great knowledge that will help me with any job field I pursue
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good and bad

good and bad place to work at this company. it had a good work home life balance with plenty of outside opportunities to get as much outside air as wanted.
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High Job Fulfillment

A typical day at work includes coordinating with Headquarters Air Force, Directorates, and subordinate units to ensure Air Force Materiel interest are accomplished to support the Air Force mission. The office is a high collaborative environment with competent leadership and selfless and supportive employees.
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Tough mission with great people

Recruiting is a tough job, but the people in the process make it all possible. It requires a great amount of drive and perseverance to complete all of the tasks that are required of a recruiter.
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Military has its ups and downs. Leadership, civilians. Know your job. Do you job. Be on the right uniform at the right time. Be professional in many ways.
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Exceptional Training

Acquired a great deal of technical and on the job training through exceptional training the Air Force offered. Great management that helped us succeed and pushed us to work diligently to overcome difficulties.


Leadership, comradery, healthcare, training.


Ability to relocate
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3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.5 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
4.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
4.0 out of 5 stars for Management
4.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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