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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Uncomfortable workplace

The fort Belvoir Commissary Management seem to be genuine punctual and good individuals in their hearts. When I read all the reviews both customer and employee on several sites, I knew I had to go above and beyond at making 13.13 an hour Then ending up with 15. They did not care about me having a religion on Sundays and just cared about the money. And they only gave job promotions to lazy click people not hard working people like me. I understand other employees reviews and how difficult it is to work with the Fort Belvoir Commissary management with their high expectations for low pay. I would not recommend working for commissary , it’s not worth the pay or federal government expenses.




Dead end job
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What people like
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Clear sense of purpose


Unorganized … unprofessional…behind the scenes actions taken… misleadership. Office environment not good at all. Unhappy employees and leadership that dont lead.
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8 years served

Enjoyed my time in doesn’t come without flaws however. Depending on your job and higher ups it can be a really great time. Really it’s luck of the draw
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Loved it

I miss my job in the military/Marine Corps and if I could go back I would. I love the culture and the attitudes and the overall work environment I love the experience of being able to serve my country and see the world
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Mission clarity, flexibility, premium pay for premium skills

My day usually started at 6 am. The environment amongst the systems analysts was quirky and fun. The management was very supportive and cultivated a feeling of support and the constant learning of new skills. Every work day contributed to the mission.


good work-life balance, premium pay scale commensurate with job skills, excellent benefits


friendships with people who were not United States citizens was prohibited
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It was ok

Couldve had better leadership. Im indifferent about my experience there. It was good and bad. Bittersweet to leave early. Make sure when you talk to a recruiter you do your research and check up on what you want to do in the military. Otherwise theyll con you into deals that you dont really want to take. Dont settle for less than what you want.
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the army

not fun to work. The army is terrible leadership is non existent. and everyone is all about themselves. !
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Good overall

Love the flexibility to learn new things and grow. Great sense of mission. Met some fabulous people along the way. Don’t like the promotion process at all. Leadership needs more diversity.
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The Military Should Be A Last Resort

I mainly served to create opportunities for myself and to break the cycle of poverty. In the military you are a robot, there will always be someone over you that you have to appease no matter what rank you are, and you will lose a part of your soul. If you want the opportunity to attend college for free and to unlock amazing perks of being an honorable discharged veteran, serve no more than 4 years of active duty. You will not come out of the service as the same person though.
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Sometimes it gets boring

There is always a lot of documentation to read and create. If you like a fast pace work environment this is not that. On the plus side you probably will not get fired.


Slow pace so low streas


Work is sometimes dull
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Sense of Purpose but some bad management at times.

the comradery within the lower ranks is great. Upper management can be a pain at times depending on the operational tempo. Overall it is a decent job with good benefits but it is not for everyone.


healthcare, job security


work/life balance
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Great pay and job security

Very toxic work environment between management and workers. If you don't party and drink with management you don't advance. Complete disconnect between managers and leadership wich makes project completion almost impossible.


Work schedule of 4 10s


Toxic and stressful environment
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Good place for promotions if you are part of the preferred personnel

The problem is it is a great job, but there are bullies and backstabbers. Management knows but prefers to do nothing. Once I became older the assistance to climb the ladder waned, even though I was highly rated for my work. Men do well there.
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Room for advancement and bread job security

Mission critical work can be hard to meet deadlines but with open lines of communication things can be streamlined. Top heavy management can be tricky




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Easy slow paced work

Exactly what you would expect from government work. Job is in supply chain/logistics, but is very simple and easygoing. Total job security and great pension. Only negative is no WFH
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Stable work environment

I enjoy working as a DOD Civilian, the pay employee benefits are great. I have worked for the DOD since September 2010 and have nothing negative to say about my tenure.


Great Department to work and thrive in.
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It's a job

Company allows for learning and growth however logistical wise your output can be stifeled due to the need of steps through other employees. Same supervisor grading both employees but will not mediate.


Learning potential


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I would return to work there now if I could.

I found that the five years that I was employed with DOD was the most balanced and rewarding job that I have ever had. If communications broke down between workers we were encouraged to repair the problems ourselves through the guidance on the supervisors. Quarterly company meetings kept us abreast of the direction of management. Every employee was considered for advancement and given every opportunity for assistance in that direction.
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Management is poor, but the rest of the staff is superb!

They hire great people, and the pay and benefits are very good. They allow no input from staff. They are going towards the open classroom which was abandoned by thousands of schools in the 70s for good reason.
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The promotions and advancements are relatively quicker than other organizations.

I like this organization for several reasons. First of all, promotions and advancements are relatively quicker than any other organizations that I have worked for. Secondly, the management I worked for was quite generous and very fair. I say this now eventhough I no longer work there; I was promoted three grades, not steps, within the GS pay schedule in one year alone. Finally, the tuition reimbursement was one of the best in the nation!
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Based on 5,729 reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
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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