United States Department Of Defense
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Only those who abide by the Army values will suceed in this career path. Days are long and hard yet rewarding. Benefits are hard to beat from education, medical, dental, etc.


Multiple benefits


Moving every three years
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Excellent benefits

I loved my job as a dental assistant. The management lacked leadership skills and the chain of command was numbers driven only, for the most part. Having prior experience helps to overcome the lack of leadership. If you can block out the majority of the workplace drama caused by poor leadership, you will do fine. The positive side is that you actually have a career that you can retire from, with benefits. The benefits are unmatched! The biggest plus is that you are caring for and working alongside our military service men and women! Taking care of those who serve and protect our country is very rewarding!


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Poor leadership
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to learn new things


At first I was very excited to work here as I thought I'd finally be able to add hands-on experience to my years of academia. I was wrong, I came in and have not gained experience in what I hoped. On the brighter side, I have gained new skills and experiences in other positions that could benefit me long term. To add to that, there is clearly a lack of synchrony within each agency, constant billet issues that are never told to the candidate prior to them accepting their job and ancient promotion pathways amongst many other things. Sort of feels like a high school instead of a professional work environment. Also, I regret leaving my private sector job because they definitely offered triple the amount of benefits and pay. Love my immediate team and supervisor but at this point I am waiting to finish out a few years since I signed a contract. Really think and weigh your pros and cons. The grass is green where you water it.




Lack of synchrony
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Much better than working on the civilian.

What is the best part of working at the company?Job security . I prefer to be stable.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Honestly, the only stress is working with other people.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Comfortable. Most of the time we all work as a team.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Laid back. I do my 8 and go home.
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Love the clowns, hate the circus

Being in the military is a unique experience. Surprisingly good benefits, especially if you make it a career. Just be good at your job and care about people and you’ll be fine. However, plenty of cons. Lots of wasted time, leaders with egos the size of a football stadium, dumb outdated rules, and often poor quality of life. But you’ll make some amazing friends and occasionally do some pretty cool things you can’t do anywhere else. If you’re considering it just do it. You can always get out after your first enlistment with a GI Bill and a whole package of benefits.


Great friends, unique experience, job security


Bad leadership ruins the experience
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Exciting Workplace

This is an exciting workplace. I love working in the DoD and would love to look into new opportunities working with the DoD in a different capacity if I could.
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Standard Govt work

No suprises, normal expectations of an O3. Long hours, good pay once senior. Increase in responsibility does not typically translate into increase in pay.
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Fun colleagues

I enjoyed working with the nurses on duty inpatient. Everyone made our unit a fun family environment to work in.Although stressful at times in the critical care unit, everyone worked as a team! There was always someone willing to help.Management was great! No issues besides then having to leave every 2-3 years to PCS.


Great staff!


No cons for me! I loved my job there at TAMC!
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Great place to excel

If you’re looking for a reason to show up to work. Look at Federal Employment. Pay is good and there is always a job to do, if you like to stay busy. As with all companies there are cons, but the pros most of time outweigh the cons.
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What is the best part of working at the company?I worked for DOD previously and my security clearance expired. I applied for another D.O.D. job and when they did my background they got back an "unfavorable" from the FBI. Mind you, nothing had changed in my background since the last time. Needless to say my job offer was rescinded. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Not getting my background and security clearance and no explanation.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Was good before, but now I have been shut out. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Work, go to lunch go home. Wait to get out the gate on the base for 30 minutes.
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Working for the Department of Defense (DoD) offers a unique and impactful career experience. As a dedicated professional within the DoD, I have had the privilege of contributing to the nation's security and defense strategies. This role has allowed me to harness my skills and expertise in a dynamic and mission-driven environment.My experience at the DoD has provided me with a deep understanding of the complexities of national security and the critical importance of safeguarding our nation. I have honed my ability to work under pressure, make strategic decisions, and adapt to evolving threats and challenges.
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A roller coaster where your limits will be challenged but your talents and resume will grow.

What is the best part of working at the company?Govt Benefits, networking, working mostly from home, and the friendships that build from the team you’re working with. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Not enough training to equip you with tools to accomplish the tasks that are being demanded, driving long distances from county to county, not enough resources, and being unemployed at the end of the contract period. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Lots of different culture and backgrounds that did well together. If everyone has a helpful attitude rather than a competitive one, that helps set the tone. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Typically one admin day a week and was told if you’re not out presenting briefings or scheduling briefings, and working events in your county, you’re doing it wrong. Keeping busy, scheduling meetings and staying extremely organized is key. Always have your numbers and benchmarks ready to present and know your area, its capabilities and limits. Be respectful, resourceful and determined, don’t ask just take ownership of it and do it.
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It is what you make of it!

A lot of downtime! Take advantage of opportunities to go to military school and civilian schools. This whole downtime was new to me. Find a hobby or ways to stay busy, it will eat you up.
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Ability to work from home

Starting early with flexibility to take time off if called to work past normal work hours during the work week. Working from home provides maximum flexibility to plan workday and allow for scheduling other appointments.


Flexibility for time off


Interaction with some leaders is strained
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Amazing colleagues and excellent management. The students are incredibly diverse and come from great families.

You work with amazing people who are very internationally centered, including students. It is a very fulfilling and stimulating environment. The Department of Defense expends tremendous effort to take care of the military child and it shows in the results the system gets year in and year out.


Federal Retirement, Federal Holidays off, Long Summers, Great Salaries, etc.


Working for DoD there is a lot of procedures and policies beyond normal school stuff.
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Great place to work

This is a great place to work. I do like it a lot. the vacation and benefits are really good. Good mobility if needed. Work from home options are readily available.
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The military was very fun and you will make a lot of friends. When I worked for the military I learned a lot of skills that set me up for success in life.
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Good place to work at. Good co-workers, contract work. Easy go customer base. Fast paced work environment. Great place to learn the ins and outs of IT Support.
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Not one day was ever the same in a good way.

What is the best part of working at the company?Fun and challenging experience, gained extensive knowledge in the repair and operation of military equipment and the logistical ability to support field units in isolated locations. Formed great relationship’s during the life of my career!What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Out door stresses due too weather and climate conditions What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Diverse and on the move constantly What is a typical day like for you at the company?Determine the day’s objectives and work to completing all task in pursuit of reaching that objective
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Working for the department of defense more specifically the Air Force was fun and exciting. There were a lot of new opportunities you get and the traveling is fun.
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Ok place to work but needs an overhaul

sometimes flexible depending on department and management. Days were long and seemed to never end. The workplace culture needs work and they seem to be stuck in the old days.


gym time, lunch time, break time, any time not spend on the floor or around management


no remote work, needs to come away from the old way of thinking, Keep up with the private sector. More pay, not competitive at all.
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4.2 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
4.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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