Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Good salary and benefits but declining technically

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    The salary is high, esp. if you spend many years here. The benefits are adequate, and some of them are great (e.g., the amount of leave you get). It is a stable job.

    Cons

    This organization has a very extended bureaucracy designed to prevent engineers and scientists from doing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your organization out from under NAVSEA, and start creating a culture that centers on technical personnel and innovative work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Norco, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Norco, CA

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

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    Once 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 ManagementAdvice

    Address 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Internship opened eyes to level of project management vs research.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Flex time is available.
    Travel opportunities.
    Campus is really rather nice with cafeteria.
    Usual government benefits.
    Diversity of age of employees.

    Cons

    My eyes were opened during my time here to high level of project management in government positions. I was hired to help solve challenging new problems but most of the people I worked with just managed contractors.

  8.  

    Not good place to start career

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  Crane, IN
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Crane, IN

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Like any Federal Jobs, good benefit...

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunities, inconsistent management, not enough work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Okay, but tough to get advancements and awards.

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    Former Employee - Logistics  in  Crane, IN
    Former Employee - Logistics in Crane, IN

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay as a starter.

    Cons

    Long drive from any town or city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need less politics and more recognition for hard/good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It pays the bills, but being a government drone can drag you down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    The salary and benefits package is extremely competitive. Flexible work hours and plenty of vacation time.

    Cons

    The pay is competitive up to a point; the glass ceiling on pay bands is extremely hard to break through. Senior management doesn't seem very interested in developing lower level employees. There's a sense that younger people with excellent skills are expected to last a few years and then look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your best people and develop better processes and programs to motivate and retain them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research & Development

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    Former Employee - Computer Scientist  in  Panama City, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in Panama City, FL

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Stability and professional peers. Cutting edge technology work and research.

    Cons

    Achievement was not tied to promotion. Too political.

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