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US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
2,355 Reviews
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
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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.  

    great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    great pay and awesome experience

    Cons

    relocation every 2-3 years hard to settle down with a family who isn't used to this lifestyle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    10 good years, but don't miss it. I'd do it again, but it could have been so much better.

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    Former Employee - Marine Corps Officer
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Officer

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

    Pros

    Exciting work in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the feeling of making and living the news, not just watching it.

    More cerebral assignments in a CENTCOM cell. Get in the right position and earn the trust of the right people, and learn to pull the right levers, and you can have some significant, far-reaching impacts.

    Being privy to very sensitive, classified, cutting-edge technologies and operations.

    Leading and managing Marines, many of whom I keep in touch with even now that I, and most of them, are out of the USMC. These were an extraordinary group of individuals, far beyond what most laymen would expect. I cannot emphasize enough how intelligent, capable, and high-performing 18-25 year old guys with mostly nothing beyond HS education were. America is generally proud of its Marines, but they don't even realize how good most of them really are. On the officer side, many of my peers were some of the most broadly capable and sharp people I've known, every bit on par with or better than my engineering and business friends on the civilian side.

    Flying jets.

    Pay/benefits are pretty good.

    Travel.

    Cons

    Being treated like children: You may be trusted with a $60,000,000 aircraft, but not with mundane, every day activities outside of work in my personal life, that aren't the Corps' business to begin with. Officers are not immune; we were treated like children (Sgts and below were treated like infants).

    Risk aversion and micromanagement: All the talk in early training about pushing responsibility to the lowest levels, pushing the tempo by embracing decision making with less than full information, aggressiveness, etc, was by far mostly just talk in my decade of experience. These things, in practice, end up being strongly discouraged. Being a eunuch who played "not to lose" (instead of to win) was what I repeatedly saw incentivized. Aggressiveness (both tactically and in personality/lifestyle) was mistaken for recklessness. The luxury of our "connectedness" gets abused to our detriment. I distinctly remember being required to submit a time-sensitive report in the middle of the night one time to inform a Colonel, his staff, and all sorts of safety reps, etc of a situation where a mechanic stubbed his toe and went to get it X-rayed, only to find out that it was fine. Everyone being super connected all the time, coupled with the creeping-in of the zero-defect mentality that we say we don't have, leads to these "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" scenarios. In that example, it's silly and humorous, but it has become a way of doing business that impedes us when it really counts, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The talent is there in spades; the organization embraces the right things doctrinally, but the culture in practice has widely become something else entirely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Its the Marine Corps.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Get to travel to hot nasty places all over the world. When deployed, there is no time off or fun. Period.

    Cons

    Its not for everyone.

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  5.  

    Supply Chain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Work experience for civilan world

    Cons

    Lots of responsibility. Long hours. Lots of desk work.

  6.  

    Pack your bags!

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    Former Employee - Combat Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Combat Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Diverse work environment, Team oriented, and rewarding.

    Cons

    Can be demanding and time is spent away from family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better financial compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Secure Paycheck

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    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    paycheck for the next four years with the chance of promotion. Develop skills that you may use for future jobs.

    Cons

    while the pay and advancement is a plus. being responsible for those that do not take the job as seriously as you is a major turn off and will effect your time in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Gave me what I needed in life.

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    Former Employee - Aviation Supply Clerk in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Aviation Supply Clerk in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    It gives you a sense of accomplishment. Guaranteed paycheck and insurance.

    Cons

    Senior leaders claim to look out for their subordinates, but they only look out for themselves and aren't willing to put their career on the line for someone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I'm glad I joined. I'm glad I got out.

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    Former Employee - Recon Marine in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Recon Marine in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    I liked working on something that seemed to actually matter. Most tasks in my day to day job could be easily connected to keeping myself and my team alive in the future.

    Cons

    When the first enlistment is over, the really smart and talented Marines have plenty of options for successes in the outside world, so many of them get out. The dumber Marines don't have good prospects on the outside, but they have good job security in the Corps, so they stay in. This selection process is repeated at each consecutive juncture of getting out or reenlisting. The result is that the Marines who have been in the longest (and are highest ranking) have been distilled down to the dumbest ones. This means that you are constantly micromanaged by morons.

    This is only an average trend. There are many exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward combat effectiveness, not archaic pageantry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    If you love being treated like a child, this is the company for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of structure. While rigid, it allows employees to know exactly where they stand. Occasionally, you get to work for someone who actually knows what they are doing. Great benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of the people in charge have no idea what they are doing or are too inexperienced. Nepotism runs rampant. Due to the contractual nature of employment, it is hard to get rid of bad apples. Micromanagement makes any latitude for critical thinking a pipe dream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current policies make it more difficult to correct deficiencies before they take root. Back up your NCOs. Give Corporals and Sergeants the power they used to have. If you won't go to bat for them, they aren't going to perform for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    SSgt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and also camaraderie

    Cons

    sometimes work very long hours

    No opinion of CEO

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