US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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US Marine Corps Commandant Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
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Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 64 reviews)

  • Some great opportunities to see the world (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • Being away from family on some holidays (in 149 reviews)

  • Long hours or hurrying up to wait (in 256 reviews)

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  1. blows

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free dental and medical (still crappy)
    Gi bill.... thats it

    Cons

    Getting treated like a child 24/7. Field day. Field ops. Getting hazed

    Advice to Management

    Dont do it


  2. Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aviation Supply Specialist in Beaufort, SC
    Former Employee - Aviation Supply Specialist in Beaufort, SC

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brotherhood, sense of belonging, highly respected by everyone, learned something new everyday, very active you will never get bored. Life long friendship

    Cons

    -Low paying the first few years
    -Extra qualifications and certifications do not increase your pay
    -Has to much control over your life

    Advice to Management

    Listen to junior marines


  3. Infantry Assaultman

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    See the world. Learn great discipline.

    Cons

    Everything. Trust me. Don't do it.


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  5. Surveyor

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

    I have been working at US Marine Corps part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On the active side you get to travel and pretty much have your food and housing taken care of.

    Cons

    Its essentially adult kindergarten. Not unusual to see higher ups acting like children and just be unprofessional in general.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your marines like children and that is how they are going to act.


  6. If you're older (25 years old or older) don't join!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    - appreciate your freedom more
    - steady income
    -if you are immature and aren't very intelligent, and like to be watched over infantry is a good choice.

    Cons

    Strictly coming from an enlisted infantryman's point of view.
    Just look at the terminal lance comics of "chongo"and its not hard to see the cons
    -some of the worst management I have ever been under.
    -barbaric and inefficient methods of doing administrative tasks
    -never a steady plan
    -success (aka promotion) greatly depends on office politics and back stabbing fellow marines
    -higher ups don't care about your well being or quality of life
    - Some rediculous rules applying to the dress code
    -everyone is a hypocrite and there is an unfair double standard that exists for higher ups
    - relies heavily on propaganda techniques to present a false image to the public.

    These are just some of many cons to the job.
    You will never truly understand how much it sucks until you find out for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure the Corp used to be great, but here in the past 5 years it has landslided to one of the worst jobs I have ever experienced. Stop making it a living hell for the grunts! Especially the E5 and below. They are the ones whose lives will be at risk the most, the next time our nation is in a serious conflict. A little less micromanagement and unrealistic deadlines for marine net courses ( which are a complete waste of time) would be nice for starters. Ok I'm done ranting


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    Infantry rifleman

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    Current Employee - Rifleman in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Rifleman in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    making the best friends you'll ever have in your life.

    Cons

    almost any and all leadership has no since of leadership. no logic behind anything. and almost all leadership will screw you over at every possibility to make them selves look good.

    Advice to Management

    die


  8. Helpful (1)

    Proceed with caution

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn to lead however some of the leaders in the Corps shouldn't be allowed to lead.

    Cons

    Lies
    Poor leaders
    Long hours
    Less secure work than it might seem

    Advice to Management

    Treat Marines like they actually matter.


  9. It's alright

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    Current Contractor - Infantry Squad Leader in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Contractor - Infantry Squad Leader in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get regularly payed and have some down time when not training

    Cons

    Training goes for an extremely unnecessarily long time and the pay just doesn't cut it

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay for all ranks under E-5 to retain personal


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nothing more than double standards

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    Former Employee - Infantry Assault in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Former Employee - Infantry Assault in Camp Lejeune, NC

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People like our uniforms, we get to shoot people occasionally, and the lower ranks bond very tightly.

    Cons

    Nonexistent promotion for grunts, People want us to wear our uniforms to every event you can think of, we only get to shoot people occasionally, the higher ranks and the organization as a whole are so pent up and upset with their own lives that they hound you about little things. While the other branches ask for more money to do what they need to do, USMC denies they need the cash and instead skimps on quality of life. Remember when sergeant major Barrett told congress marines are willing to take a pay cut? Well we weren't, but imagine that attitude with regards to every solitary aspect of your life. Sandstorm... hey take that shemagh off your face what do you think you are, Special Forces? Firefight...hey why haven't you shaved today marine? I have seen non infantry support types chew out guys in the chow-hall who just got out of the hospital after getting blown up in country. Hey marine, why are you wearing ripped frogs in the chow-hall? Gunny I just got blown up. They don't care and no matter what awesome reason you have, they will come up with some highly unrealistic way for you to have planned ahead to not be in violation of some ridiculous uniform regulation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about tradition, start putting money into things that matter like live fire training and medic courses and let marines attend joint service schools more frequently. My last range before I got out, I was handed 3 bullets to shoot. Stop sending non combat arms units to ranges and schools that they will never use, i.e.: admin units to the help dunker. Stop giving battalions 1 seat at airborne. Instead rotate battalions so more people get the training.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Sgt. Under four years

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    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing, except learning the tricks of skating

    Cons

    Everything. Just google "hate USMC", "disgruntled Marines", "reasons not to reenlist". Most of the positive comments are from recruiters and former lifers. Only less than 7% Marines ever served retire from this disorganization, and The few, the proud have the highest rate of Disciplinary actions, NJPs, court martials, a lot more than the Army. Talk about "taking care of your buddies".



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