U.S. Air Force
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The USAF was an excellent place to learn leadership and management skills. An undergraduate doesn't typically get put in a leadership role straight out of college, but in the AF, you do!
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Air Force Quality of life is solely dependent on what job title you have and where you are stationed. the same job can be amazing at one location but absolutely terrible at another. this is because its dependent on the management team you have. there are people that are absolutely terrible human beings but they can't make it outside of the military, so they stay and with enough time they will be promoted and they will ruin your life. if your going to do this, go to college join a ROTC and come in as a officer. it will cut half of the garbage you will deal with. Remember that the mission always comes first, and your management team will abuse this to get what they want done, while they enjoy bouncing work at 4 to go workout and have their weekends off sipping margaritas and eating lobster.
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full benefits
Cons
terrible management, random job assignements
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From the constant hazing, terrible leaders and middle managers, to the coworkers who can't keep their hands to themselves. Good god what a ride. I wish I had done the Department of Labor apprenticeship programs or joined the program. If you want to come out worse than when you joined please sign up. I had very few managers (NCOs or Officers) that would take care of you or set you up for success. Most of the processes were 10 years outdated and not standardized. No matter how much you try to convince these folks there is another way they won't listen and even mark you down for saying something is wrong. I've had first sgts tell me that asaults that happened to me were my fault, people never holding themselves responsible, stripe chasers always winning. I tried making my concerns known in and out of the system. Sometimes it worked but that was a very rare case. Most of the time there would be reprisal waiting for you.
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Job security
Cons
No breaks, bad processes, terrible leaders, awful management practices
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Leadership ranges from competent to horrible. There is not really a way to call out bad leadership. I have seen good leaders get fired and horrible leaders get promoted quickly.
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Free Healthcare
Cons
Getting treated at work
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People come across as if they say and do supportive team work and team building things to check the political correct box ... not as a sincere gesture....Support managers who support and back team members....Discouraged promotion chasers who change practical policies and procedures to highlight their "new" initiatives while team members struggle to keep clients/customers/patients happy while mitigating new ineffective/inefficient changes to support new leadership/management bias changes.
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Communication avenues
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Insincere communications
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The Air Force for me was one of the best work experiences I ever had . There are very few places where you really get to bond with people and not just be coworkers. Some of the coolest people I've ever met was during my enlistment and still today are kind of like family. A typical day for me as an RF Tech in the Cyber domain at times was stressful when there were a lot of jobs scheduled. A lot of the tasks require you to be really on point and detail oriented. As well having a little bit of I.T. skills definitely helps a lot. Management are really good though on letting you know on what you need to work on and improve as well how to rank up.
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Amazing Dining facilities, great gyms, work experience
Cons
appointments
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don't go open general/mechanical/admin/anything and you'll be good. You don't get to choose where you live and you can't quit so, be sure you're sure.
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The Air Fore is what you make it. Anyone enlisting needs to take advantage of the education benefits, training, certifications etc. A few members come in expecting someone will completely guide them throughout every step of their career. While there are good mentors, people need to own their career, seek opportunity and take advantage of what is available. No one cares more about your career than you do.
Pros
Benefits, Security, Advancement, Opportunity to Transfer
Cons
Long hours, Unpredictable Schedules, High Stress, Inexperienced Management/Leaders
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Normally positive, sometimes challenging, I learn something new every day. I have learned, how to improve my skills with people and technology as a manager and team member. Upper level management is always interested in improvement in the technology in the work place and improvement of education in their people. The workplace culture, has a large no. in diversity in individuals from all places of the world with background, education & experiences. The hardest part is making time for improvement. Most enjoyable part , is making improvements in the programs for quality, time and saving funds for new & advanced programs.
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Are the Advancement
Cons
Benefits, and I like to travel in my job
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If you want a job where you can learn new skills and get on the job training, then this is a good place to be. With that said, it can be stressful at times, and there will be expectations from you that you will have to meet. But if you do what you are supposed to do, study, pass your tests, you will do just fine. There is also room to grow and move up if you apply yourself. All that is possible with the right management and right mindset.
Pros
Benefits, learn new skills
Cons
Bad management, micromanagement
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Good Pay/ Do more with less cultureManagement unreliableLong work hoursGreat deploymentsWork distribution not equitableGreat benefitsUnrealistic expectations
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No punishment for poor work, no reward for good work. The inkybrewars for hard work, is more hard work to make up for those that slack off all day, and are never called out on it.
Pros
Pay is okay
Cons
Extremely depressing environment.
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Overall, plenty benefits. You'll meet people that either love or hate their job, love or hate their base, and love or hate their leadership. Some hit the lotto, but there's a chance you might hate your job, leadership, and the base you're at. Research before signing anything.
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benefits
Cons
management
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Don’t be Security Forces and you’ll have a great career! Other than that do your best to stand out and you will promote quickly and on time. Also, don’t let bad leadership discourage you from your career aspirations
Pros
Benefits are outstanding
Cons
Leadership doesn’t always support you
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The only good thing about the airforce is the benefits. Having every moment of your life controlled was a pain. The work environment is hostile the higher-ranked individuals look down at lower-ranked people and treat them like garbage.
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benefits
Cons
work environment
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Good culture and top notch facilities. They really preach a team atmosphere and I would have to concur. Management is readily available and they try and bring a sense of community to the organization.
Pros
Free Gym membership
Cons
Deployments, time away from home
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Fine if you want something to construct your life, but if you like thinking outside the box and have a passion that doesn’t align with the military, it’ll be hard.
Pros
Lots of benefits
Cons
Airforce promote people that are not leadership material, doesn’t care if you are being harassed. The offense has to be obvious like assault.
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The job itself was enjoyable. Loaded ammunition on aircraft and troubleshooted the jets. The problem is your supervisor who will show preference to other employees because they might be funny or they just get a long. Women are treated better than the men. There aren't many to go around so your superiors will definitely play favorites with them.
Pros
Job security, opportunity for advancement, healthcare
Cons
Work Culture, favoritism, politics, unprofessional
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Air Force is a wonderful place to work, learn and to receive valuable training. Leadership and management are invested in the wellbeing of civilian employees, military staff and the contractors who are all essential to the success of the mission. The opportunity for growth is there and continuously offered. Where you choice to take your career is up to you and the path of development is yours for the taken.
Pros
Training; Leadership; and Great work-life balance
Cons
Transitioning to another career series can be difficult; and Wearing multiple hats
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The Air force sucks if you're a hard worker that just wants to excel at your job. There are multiple political and bureaucratic games you have to play to excel. Would not recommend for a hardened blue collar worker.
Pros
Lots of time off, camaraderie with coworkers
Cons
Military stuff sucks, political bureaucracy sucks
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First two years working for U.S Air Force very difficult. Your rank determines how one treats you. Work environment all depends on what job you've chosen. Work place culture consists of people "bleeding blue" or hard core patriots who live and breathe the military
Pros
Great benefits, all federal holidays off, chance to save up vacation days or "leave"
Cons
a lot of micromanagement, poor leadership, supervisors often abuse their power, never ending workload, very stressful
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