US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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US Marine Corps Commandant Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
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38 Ratings

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. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E-3 Lance Corporal
    Former Employee - E-3 Lance Corporal

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Gain leadership abilities. GI bill is also a great benefit.

    Cons

    The drill instructors do not take feedback very well.


  2. Amazing experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 0311- Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - 0311- Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was the best time of my life, I joined in a time of war to defend my country, the brotherhood that was forged between me and my fellow Marines will last a lifetime

    Cons

    None, as long as you are committed this can be the best thing you ever do.


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    Maintenance Management Specialist

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Management Specialist in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Management Specialist in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    To serve the United States of America.
    To develop many diverse skills.
    To become a leader.
    Great benefits.
    Provides a sense of family.
    Develops qualities of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
    Creates a good work ethic.
    Teaches you to be flexible.

    Cons

    Working parties, meaning you need to do extra work and you do not get paid overtime.
    Very easy to get in trouble and damage your image by receiving a discharge other than Honorable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your Marines motivated by providing incentives when they are chosen to perform unfavorable tasks.


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  5. Helicopter Pilot

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Kaneohe, HI
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Kaneohe, HI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best Training in the world. Utmost job satisfaction doing your job around the world.

    Cons

    Not for the faint of heart due to service commitment and operating environment.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize excellence when earned.


  6. Retired after 33 years

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    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits for the rest of my life, lots of travel, awesome work environment, no BS mentality

    Cons

    Away from home, dangerous assignments, pay not what private sector can offer, occasionally have to work with a real jerk

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your Marines


  7. Best decision I ever made

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team work, leadership, travel, brotherhood, life long friends, ability to learn a trade without going to college.

    Cons

    Relocation every 3 to 4 years, family life, not for the weak at heart, not for the lazy, pay at lower levels could be improved.


  8. United States Marine Corps

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Equipment Manager in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Current Contractor - Equipment Manager in Camp Lejeune, NC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are too many good experiences I have had with this amazing branch of the military !! Had many learning experiences that proved to be useful and valuable as I matured throughout this fine service. The longer I have had stayed in, the sharper I became, obtaining invaluable people skills, handling conflict within working teams, creating a plan, executing and seeing it through have proven time and time again that the teachings and senior leadership of the Marine Corps sets you on the path of success in any occupation or situation that you may be involved in at any time.

    Cons

    The only grievance that I can possibly come up with is that I do not receive additional monetary compensation for overtime while in service. hahaha

    Advice to Management

    I would have to say this service is NOT for the feint of heart. But regardless of who you are, as long as you do not quit on yourself and continue to build on your mistakes and consistently perform you will come out on top and become industrious, confident and a natural leader in the civilian world


  9. US Marine

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - E-6 Marine SSgt in Cherry Point, NC
    Current Employee - E-6 Marine SSgt in Cherry Point, NC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great career in the Marines and loved every second of it

    Cons

    Time away from family for extended time

    Advice to Management

    Take care of young Marines


  10. Opportunities Like No Other

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - O5 - Marines - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O5 - Marines - Lieutenant Colonel in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Tremendous People, Lots of Responsibility and Authority to Make Decisions. Huge Benefits.

    Cons

    High Stress and a lot of time away from home.


  11. It is what you make of it.

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    Current Employee - 0651 Cyber Network Operator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - 0651 Cyber Network Operator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Medical, dental, financial assistance, mental health assistance. If it is related to health, you can get help with it.

    Can give you training in highly technical fields.

    You get to be a Marine.

    Cons

    You can't quit. This means you sometimes have to deal with selfish/poor leadership and there is nothing you can do about it. People that picked up rank that have no business being in charge of others.

    The work schedule can go from 0 to 1000 overnight. One day you sit around doing nothing, the next day 'all this stuff' has to get done before you can go home, 24 hour work schedules, long hours.

    Deployment. There are some good things regarding deployment, but its a long time away from friends/family.

    Advice to Management

    Place Marines before mission accomplishment. Do this and the mission will accomplish itself.



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