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US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
2,355 Reviews
4.1
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 64 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to see the world as you learn great skills for the outside world (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 149 reviews)

  • You have to be prepared to work very long hours; it is truly a "service" to your country (in 256 reviews)

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  1.  

    Deploying sucks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marine SSgt in Adrian, MI
    Current Employee - Marine SSgt in Adrian, MI

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Cool people, fun work environment

    Cons

    Deploying, miss out at home a activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think you're better than any one else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sitting on your laurels...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pension is last defined benefit pension worth having in the United States, which unfortunately will be reduced over the coming years due to budget declines.

    Cons

    Corporate treadmill is the most rigid and systematic of all the military services, with imagination, ingenuity and initiative squeezed out all levels of promotion, leading to corporate group think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to meritocracy, in order to adapt and evolve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Devil dog

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    honor courage commitment like no other

    Cons

    sacrifice too much just to be looked at like just a #

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough training, but on a tight budget. Melting pot of the best and worst that society has to offer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Company Executive Officer (Infantry) in Jacksonville, NC
    Current Employee - Company Executive Officer (Infantry) in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    The tip of the spear during time of war.

    Cons

    All or nothing retirement. Many job skills don't transfer to civilian world. Incompetent leadership literally kills people on occasion. When budget cuts happen irrelevant duties are assigned in an effort to encourage people with several combat tours to quit voluntarily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was low level management. I served as a Company XO etc. Upper management is so detached that they are more like politicians than Marines. I watched the military bleed talent because of policies and procedures that encourage people to stay in that aren't good enough to work anywhere else while the good people leave with nothing but bad memories. Realize this truth and fix it or pay in blood during the next war.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    4 years is good enough

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Lejeune, NC

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

    Pros

    GI bill benefits and get to shoot a lot of guns

    Cons

    A lot of waiting and higher ups don't know anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Marine Artillery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey Support Man
    Current Employee - Survey Support Man

    I have been working at US Marine Corps part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great opportunity to visit places you would probably never go, and do things that you would never get to do otherwise. You will make lifelong friends and be a part of a unique brotherhood for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Little to no say in what happens to you throughout your career. Some choices are yours, but that is not usual or the rule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    USMC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Small Unit Leader
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Small Unit Leader

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits that you receive are outstanding. College, medical, housing, and the training is top notch. Great starting point to jump start your career.

    Cons

    The Corps has gotten away from it traditions. Semper Fi is a term that lost its meaning. Once you are injured and cannot perform your duties, they turn your back on you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't leave tradition behind. Don't turn your back on injured Marines being processed out because they did their job for you. Support them in their transition because it is hard for them to adjust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good In Principle

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    Former Employee - Administration
    Former Employee - Administration

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady Paycheck. Learn to Work Hard. Learn to Follow Directions. Sense of TeamWork. Good Benefits. Good Advancement Opportunities. Stable Work. Neat Appearance in Uniform.

    Cons

    Not encouraged to think independently. Corruption. Favoritism. Sexism. Racism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't Support War.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Hard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay were very satisfying

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what the junior employees are capable of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A fighting chance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Was able to acquire some of the world's best management and conflict resolution training. Planning and coordination training is elite.

    Cons

    Ready, willing and able to pitch offers they can not cover.
    Was pitched a comprehensive law contract and enrolled in 3 years of service before being informed that the law contract I was pitched was not actually offered to me and that I'd have to buy out of my contract or be imposed governmental sanctions if I did not want to serve in the ground task force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are looking to do anything besides wield a gun for a living - stay far away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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