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Updated Jun 22, 2014

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    Contract Specialist

    Contract Specialist (Current Employee) Panama City, FL

    ProsThe job provides a good salary.

    ConsThe job is working for the government.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work.

    Cyber Engineer (Current Employee) Dahlgren, VA

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

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dirt review

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    A Mixed Bag

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dahlgren, VA

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

    ConsInnovation 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 Senior ManagementCorporate: 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Engineer

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) West Bethesda, MD

    ProsInteresting work, strong values, good benefits, stable work

    ConsThis is a federal government organization

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Provides unique opportunities to explore some exciting technologies.

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Administration Manager

    Operations Research Analyst (Current Employee) Norfolk, VA

    ProsRequired Working hours are too long for the amount of work

    ConsPay is great and pensions are great

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecommend 4 day work week

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent for starting a career but doesn't offer much afterwards

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) Norco, CA

    ProsThis place has very good benefits. You have lots of vacation and sick leave available. Also you do get a pension which is becoming a lot less common in industry. Lots of good experience and projects that are available to work on. Job is highly stable and secure. Salary starting to mid-level is pretty decent. Environment tends to be fairly relaxed. Benefit of training under many experience senior engineers. Moving up at this organization is a really good deal if you have the opportunity.

    ConsOnce you reach a certain level it is very difficult to get promoted into higher level jobs. Most of the time promotions are based on how chummy you are with management and acceleration often has little to do with performance. Even then acceleration is still fairly slow. It is expected that young employees with drive and skill will work here a few years and then look somewhere else. Here there are a higher percentage of people who take advantage of the system and get away with things they are not supposed to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress all items mentioned in the cons. They bring the organization down. Reward employees more for performance by offering more acceleration. Take better care of your employees because we work hard for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    NSWC Corona is a great place to work.

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) Corona, CA

    ProsExcellent starting salary for Engineers. A lot of upward mobility for those interested. Projects are interesting. I love my job.

    ConsNo place is perfect. Sometimes it seems management does not have a clue, but that's probably true in many places and maybe just my perception.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome out of your comfort zone and go out and visit your sponsors, see what is changing out there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Supportive of Career Development and Family Friendly.

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsCareer Development, Supportive Organization, Important Work, Satisfying, Flexible Schedules,

    ConsLike any government job, you need to stay on top of people when you need personnel issues taken care of, which is difficult as a new employee if you do not know how to be assertive. Congress and their budget issues effect our yearly standard of living wages, and possibility of furloughs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is supposed to assign in developing plans for individual development of new employees but do not know how to, or do not want to take the time to assist new employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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