Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good but it could be better

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. The commute is easy.

    Cons

    Underpaid for amount of work/responsibilities. Too much bureaucracy. Limited promotional potential. Big old boy culture/mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting energetic employees with the experience/desire to fulfill high value positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Not a place for career development nor direction from management!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Indian Head, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Indian Head, MD

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very mixed bag

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

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

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Surreal 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Travel opportunities if on the right project

    Cons

    Lack of real engineering work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place a scientist can develop a career

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Indian Head, MD
    Current Employee - Chemist in Indian Head, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Either 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Engineer in Crane, IN
    Former Employee - Supervisory Engineer in Crane, IN

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Federal 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.

    Cons

    Extreme 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't try to exceed standards!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Steady place of long term employment

    Cons

    Lots of emplyees are in ruts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate!

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