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Review averages

  • 718 employees say

    Excellent (450)
    62.674094707521%
    Good (186)
    25.905292479109%
    Satisfactory (61)
    8.4958217270195%
    Subpar (21)
    2.924791086351%
    4.03
  • 2 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    50%
    2.55

Reviews for U.S. Army

Reviews - What employees say

4.03 Employees say
2.55 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • Being subject to the military personnel in charge and suffering a command change every two years, yet we civilians stay constant, the amount of wasted time and effort we put up with because some newbie wants to create his/her own new world because it is ''Their Command!'' is staggering. in twenty eight years, I've yet to see a commander come to a location, review all policies and procedures, recognize they are the best that can be enacted at the time and move forward from there. I think I'll collapse if that every happens, but every moron thinks their ideas are new, fresh and never tried before and enacts things even when told the reasons why they won't work and have failed in the past. Such stupidity and people can't understand why long term employees have cynucal natures.

What I like about the company

The opportunity to apply for overseas job locations is a good chance for a person to broaden their life experiences, if you can secure a place. Not all locations are nice or fun, so discretion must be applied to choices.

What I dislike about the company

The Government hiring system is flawed and can affect people adversely, if the incumbent location knows the tricks and tips to discount an outside applicant for an internal, more personnally desired, applicant. Also, if an awful manager is in charge of a location and you become a part of their employees; personal problems are harder to correct with someone who is a CAREER employee because their status protects them from being challenged on poor skills and sub-standard performance. Also, if they mess around and grade you poorly during your evaluation, you have very little recourse to get it fixed.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered
  • Company
    US Army
  • City
    Fort Belvoir
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    C-Suite / Leadership

Suggestions for improvement

  • More knocking of department heads together and making them work together instead of letting them perpetually stay in disfunction! Making upper management realize the union isn't there to screw them over but have a happier and more harmonious work place. Happy workers are better workers and are more willing to help when needed to complete our manufacturing goals! Stop treating the employees that are sick or having family issues that they are lying but need help and it's better for everyone to have a little sympathy! Upper management needs to learn from lower management that we are people not numbers working for them!!

What I like about the company

I have reported coworkers for harassment and it was dealt with swiftly and it stopped the harassment. My immediate supervisors are usually great to work with and I am never forced to work overtime. Our Colonel who leads our organization regularly rewards us with 59 minutes administrative leave before holidays. I have the option when I do volunteer for overtime to convert it to comp time when ever I want up to 80 hours in my banked amounts and have a year to use it. They very sensitive to when an employee is having a tough time to offer assistance from just a sit down to talk about it to referring you to the employee assistance program (EAP). Also they are great at processing paperwork for FMLA to help you keep your job when you have health issues. My coworkers are very much into working together as a team to help each other with difficulties we encounter throughout the work day.

What I dislike about the company

We work for an upper management that is openly hostile to us and our unions. Our government tries to cut our benefits at every opportunity and make us out to be "fat cat"" government workers. If I'm making so much money why do I live paycheck to paycheck just like everyone else I know? Also the upper management treats the white collar workers totally differently, and way better, than the blue collar workers. It creates a us vs them environment that they, the management, fosters instead of fostering a more team oriented environment moving towards a common goal of supporting the warfighters on the frontlines supporting our and our allies safety and peaceful environment around the world. It's a very disfunctional work place as departments don't work well together. We regularly run out of material or the tools to complete our manufacturing of the products we make. When we try to fix the issues other departments will flat out refuse to do things any other way than the way they've been doing them for decades now. They are more interested in digging in their heels than fixing the issue. And no one above them holds them accountable for it!!"

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    United States Army
  • City
    Rock Island
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Fitness center on site is offered
  • 08.Nov 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

There is no organization, where you have just as good a chance to succeed as the person next to you. Whatever demographic you use to judge by, everyone has the same opportunities to succeed.

Support from management

The military is all about growing. Senior personnel coach, teach and mentor younger or junior (in rank) personnel. But good leaders listen to everyone, and they support good people and help them grow.

Teamwork

If you can't be part of a team, this is not the organization for you. Everything is about contributing to the team. You have to depend on one another, because in the worst case scenario, your lives are in each other's hands.

Freedom to work independently

It's called initiative, and it's more about being able to do what needs to be done, without being told to do it. If you are a self-starter, you will rise in the ranks quickly in the military.

Internal Communication

Some organizations are better than others, but for the most part, there is good communication across the board within the military.

Gender Equality

Women have become General Officers. Women fly combat aircraft. It's only getting better for them in the military. If your are harrassed, make it know immediately. See the Commanders and Lawyers immediately, and it will be dealt with appropriately.

Attitude towards older colleagues

You won't like everyone you serve with, and some of them won't like you. But that's OK. You still support one another and have each other's backs when it counts. Some will be the best friends you ever have.....for life.

Career Development

Coach, teach, mentor, promote. No organization grows leaders, managers and develops their people better.

Overall compensation for your work

You are never paid what you're worth, whether you're in the military or not. But, you will get equal pay for doing the same job at the same rank as anyone standing next to you. And, the experience you get will make you very marketable when you get out, and help you earn a better wage as a civilian.

Office / Work Environment

You'll spend a lot of time in the office, and a lot of time deployed these days. You'll get to travel; sometimes to some great places, and other times to places you'd rather not be. But, defending a nation, and the US way of life is worth the sacrifice.

Environmental Friendliness

The military is more environmentally friendly than any corporation that you will work for. They weren't a long time ago, but they are cleaning up their mistakes from the past, and they abide by EPA laws these days. A cardinal rule is to leave any place you go, in better shape when you leave than it was when you got there.

Work-Life Balance

You're going to work hard, but you'll get to play hard. You get 30 days paid vacation/leave each year, on top of all of the national holidays. If you don't get to use your vacation, it's your fault for not taking it. Unless you're self employed, there isn't another company that can touch this!!

Company Image

I think it's stellar, given what it used to be when I joined in the 80s.

Job Security

Stay away from drugs, don't get a DWI, pass your physical fitness tests, don't abuse your family and you can stay as long as you like. Mess any of these up, and you'll be out of a job, immediately.

Handicapped Accessibility

Getting better, especially with all of the wounded warriors from recent conflicts.

Workplace Safety

Safety is paramount in the military. You even have to play by safety rules when you're practicing combat. Example: riding in a vehicle, knowing that bad guys are waiting to ambush you. In real life, you won't wear a seat belt to restrain your movement if you get shot at, but when you practice this in one of the training centers, you will wear that seatbelt.

Challenging Work

How about figuring out how much food you need and getting it to every place that needs it in 5 different countries for 250,000 soldiers for 3 meals a day? Then realize that is only 1/10th of your daily responsibilities.

Inclusive / Diverse

The military doesn't care about your race, sex, religion, or other demographic. Like any organization or culture, there are those who slip in that are prejudiced, but when the military finds them, they weed them out.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Get more young men and women to serve.

What I like about the company

If you can stay for 20 years, you will receive a retirement pension for the rest of our life. And, the medical benefits are unmatched. Right now, there is no better health care system than Tricare offers military retirees, and it's free.

What I dislike about the company

Congress decides every year whether or not they are going to decide to take away your benefits. Even after you served your country for 20 years, they may choose to not give you a cost of living increase, or to start charging you for health insurance that you were told would be free when you signed the contract 20 years ago. Republicans are pro spending on military, Democrats prefer to cut military spending.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Relocation allowance is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    United States Army
  • City
    Multiple
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Logistics/materials management

The following perks were offered to me

Free (company provided) Meals is offered Employee discounts is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered Pet friendly/Pets allowed is offered

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Review averages

  • 718 employees say

    Excellent (450)
    62.674094707521%
    Good (186)
    25.905292479109%
    Satisfactory (61)
    8.4958217270195%
    Subpar (21)
    2.924791086351%
    4.03
  • 2 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    50%
    2.55

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