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Old 12-23-2011, 10:19 AM
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Hi everyone

Has anyone worked at Hanscom or know the culture? I just got a job offer at Hanscom Air Force Base. I am moving across the country so need to decide if this is the right fit for me. (I am from Boston so already know I love the area).
I am coming from a non profit background. I thrive in jobs where there is a high level of autonomy, flexibility and creativity. I would be working in their wellness department.

A few questions:

What is the culture like at Hanscom Air Force base?
How much autonomy and flexibility are civilian employees given?
Are people generally supportive and friendly?
Do employees generally like working there?

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Old 12-23-2011, 07:37 PM
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my friend's hubby works there and HATES it, but i'm not sure why. i also don't know him, so maybe he IS the issue. i'll ask her your questions and see what she says.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:48 PM
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I work at Hanscom. I've been here for 7 years. You mentioned you'd be working in the wellness department, is that the health and wellness center (HAWC)?

The culture here is a combination of military and typical small town eastern Mass. Lot's of contractors and civilians, so it's easy to forget you are even on a military installation, there aren't any military aircraft flying here.

DoD Civilians have rules and a more regimented work atmosphere than non-profits. Not a whole lot of creativity involved or flexibility. In fact, most offices I've worked in are a lot like the movie Office Space in terms of the work and spending 8+ hours a day in a cubicle. Some places are more fun to work than others, so if you are working in the wellness office I think you'll have a different (better) experience here than the average cubical droid.

If you're from Boston then you should already be used to the people. They're ok when you get to know them, you just have to get past the guarded exterior. On the upside there are a lot of people here from all over the country so it's not all crusty New Englanders. j/k

Hanscom was rated one of the top 100 places to work by Boston Magazine about two years ago, but I'm not sure everyone here really enjoys it all that much. There's good paying jobs and a safe, clean work environment, but government employees aren't exactly a happy bunch wherever you go, especially now since the DoD is making some cuts and lot's of civilians and contractors will be losing their jobs in early 2012. As a result there is some tension across base in anticipation of job cuts which start in February for contractors.

The advantages to working here are great schools if you have kids and choose to live in the area, proximity to Boston, good colleges if you want to pursue education, great hospitals and health care, and the ability to network base-wide and possibly get transfers to other states or departments of government.

Let me know if you have any other questions about Hanscom and the surrounding area. I'll be happy to answer them for you.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:25 AM
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Bedford is a very nice area.

I have not worked at Hanscom but have worked for federal government. You are darn lucky to get any job presently. Many places to rent in area. Near many highways. You could even live in Southern New Hamshire if you don't mind a commute.

Bedford has a Community college and Bedford has a VA hospital. Lot's of opportunities once you are inside the federal government.
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