Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Updated May 14, 2014

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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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    Not a place for career development nor direction from management!

    Engineer (Former Employee) Indian Head, MD

    Pros-The pay and benefits are OK.
    -Long nigths and weekend work was not mandated for support/indirect employees.
    -If you can dismiss the busy work you will have free time to do some self-learning.
    -General training offered through Defense Acquisition University and opportunities for further academic development (Corporate Development Education Program and certain Masters Degrees)

    Cons-There is very little job specific training to become more proficient in the work you are employed in.
    -Co-workers will discredit your work accomplishments or cast doubt on your character to prevent you from receiving praises.
    -Management pays most of their attention to trouble-maker employees.
    -Technology (computers, information systems, databases) is avoided and not used in a way to facilitate the workforce.
    -Management will not give you feedback as to how you can improve in your current assignment.
    -Management is content with employees doing what they did last year; very little progress and communication on what needs to be done to be better for the future.
    -The work load is decreasing and is sporadic.
    -The work and office facilities are so dilapidated they communicate in a non-verbal way that employees and the work they do is only worthy of an unsightly building.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to realize that the work environment at NSWC Indian Head is stifling the existing, potential and new talent. Employees from multiple levels of experience and demographic backgrounds are frustrated which leads to two things; resignation or complacency.

    The chain-of-command is so focused on getting work done (sometimes busy work) that development and utilization of employees is overlooked, opportunities for improvement are dismissed, and a sub-culture now exists where employees create empires to raise themselves by casting doubt on another employee.

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

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    Very mixed bag

    Research Engineer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsSome extremely talented and knowledgeable long-timers, interesting technical problems, and feeling of helping the active-duty military. A big plus is that work-life balance is excellent, flex-time and teleworking is encouraged.

    ConsSurreal amounts of bureaucracy, complete lack of leadership vision, opaque and overly political promotions and advancement, under-valuing of technical staff as compared to "programmatic" paper-pushers. DoD restrictions on travel, conferences, IT, etc have hit this place hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot much, since authority is so widely delegated that nobody as enough power to actually fix the problems that exist. Most importantly, value the customers (ie Navy programs) more than the haphazard drop-down nature of control from NAVSEA.

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

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    Mediocre

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTravel opportunities if on the right project

    ConsLack of real engineering work

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

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    Not a place a scientist can develop a career

    Chemist (Current Employee) Indian Head, MD

    ProsIn Research department:
    Freedom to propose own research programs.
    Some managers let you do what you want.
    Federal government benefits are pretty good.
    Many people in research are smart and trying their best.

    ConsIn Research department:
    Upper management doesn't really understand or support scientific research; it's all engineering and project management to them.
    Research program funding is in short supply, for short durations (1 year at a time), and for a small amount of money (half a man year), making it difficult to build long-term programs or hire additional staff or post-docs.
    For PhDs, little advancement opportunity: because so many researchers have PhDs, there are few management spots.
    For non-PhDs, management doesn’t know what to do with them: still expected to write proposals even though they’re not trained to be independent researchers.
    Little career development opportunity: few other tracks for scientists to pursue besides management.
    One or two senior personnel with outsized personalities effectively determine much of the internal-money research funding, so if they don’t like you, your work won’t get funded.

    General:
    Many employees are government bureaucrats who don't want to help you even though it's their job to.
    Bureaucracy (especially purchasing computers and chemicals) is getting worse all the time, decreasing the amount of time you can spend on your actual work.
    Many old, poorly-maintained buildings; some have frequent water outages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEither commit to scientific research or get out of the business.
    Let scientists run the research department, not engineers.
    Stop hiring relatives of employees if they’re not qualified.
    Shield employees from pointless paperwork so they can do the jobs you hired them for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Supervisory Engineer (Former Employee) Crane, IN

    ProsFederal health benefits are among the best, which comes with any federal civilian position. The geographic location of this site makes it for low cost of living and great outdoor opportunities.

    ConsExtreme nepotism throughout the organization at ALL levels!!! As an outsider, one who did not grow up in the area, it is hard to gain respect and acknowledgement based on one's own expertise and capabilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop doing business as it has "always" been. Take into consideration the employees perspective. A happy employee makes for a successful organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't try to exceed standards!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSteady place of long term employment

    ConsLots of emplyees are in ruts

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate!

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