Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
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  1.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flex time, vacation/sick time based on seniority - 6 weeks vacation after 3 yrs. Good pay. Interesting work. Get to help the Navy. Stable employment. There are a lot of good people working there, who care about getting things right and helping the Navy succeed. Can learn a lot from the folks who have been working there, if you take the initiative and seek out mentors.

    Cons

    Limited advancement if you don't want to be in management. Bureaucracy. Takes forever to get things approved/implemented. Dependent on Congress/Federal Gov't to get their act together on the budget. Cost of living increases dependent on Congress/politics. Weak "formal" mentoring program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need strong mentoring program. Love the flex time.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Stable workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Stable, with few layoffs. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Difficult to stand out. Little knowledge of work impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design decisions should come from bottom-level people, less from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great Internship opportunity for patent lawyers.

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    Current Employee - Patent Extern
    Current Employee - Patent Extern

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding work experience. Hands on patent prosecution experience of highly technical and innovative patents. Staff is great to work with and very eager to teach and mentor.

    Cons

    A lot of teleconferencing and not much face to face time with your immediate supervisors.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Not bad, but there is better out there...

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits & Job Stability

    Cons

    Stagnant, poor leadership .....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Contract Specialist

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist  in  Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Panama City, FL

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The job provides a good salary.

    Cons

    The job is working for the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer  in  Dahlgren, VA
    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer in Dahlgren, VA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities to chose from as far as type of work.

    Cons

    Some department management types do not trust their employees. This was made evident by a switch that I made between departments, which was from a more trusting environment to one in which Big Brother was obviously present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the extreme amount of paperwork required to order IT equipment. The amount of paperwork required to put in an order for less than $15,000 worth of computers is ridiculous. I'd guess that over half that amount is spent in oversight labor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Dirt review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. There really is no pressure to do well. If you want to just come to work and do nothing; bingo.

    Cons

    The company is structured to assist the US NAVY. However, to do anything, it takes two years minimum before you can actually physically install a software/hardware or mechanical device that may help improve the sailor's operational experience or to save fuel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to actually improve your employees and help advance their careers push for everyone at the company to have a FE and masters degree.

  9.  

    A Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dahlgren, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dahlgren, VA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Used to be a center of innovation
    Good vacation benefits
    Flexible work schedules
    Job security
    Health insurance

    Cons

    Innovation is being stifled
    Too many hurtles created against doing real technical work
    "We want to do that, but there isn't a process for it."
    Technical innovation takes a far back seat to electron pushing
    Bureaucracy has become horrific, especially over the last 5 years
    Local management is impotent
    Corporate management completely detached from needs of workers
    Technical people aren't considered as important as programmatic types
    No real technical career ladder
    Research has been almost been eliminated - farmed out to universities and contractors
    Horrible IT policies and capabilities - practically impossible to install newer software or develop it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate: let local managers manage. Give them authority and let them be responsible.
    Drop all the processes and focus on good people - they will create the necessary processes if needed
    Remind yourself every day that the mission is about the sailors and the marines and giving them superior technology to prevail in their mission - not about having a process and boxes checked in a spread sheet or on a web site

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  West Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in West Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, strong values, good benefits, stable work

    Cons

    This is a federal government organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Provides unique opportunities to explore some exciting technologies.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ability to serve the fleet and the sailor
    Job stability
    Flexible work hours
    Leave and benefits
    Education Opportunities

    Cons

    Pay
    Advancement based on time not performance
    High performers rarely rewarded and rewards are minimal
    Managers lack training and knowledge
    Lots of dead weight and low performers due to antiquated policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers instead of promoting engineers, change policies to get rid of dead weight and reward high performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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