US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
2,072 Reviews

4.2
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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 52 reviews)

  • You get to travel, see the world and get aquainted with other people of the world (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to spend time away from family in both deployed and non-deployed enviroments (in 127 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 220 reviews)

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  1.  

    A place where talented people will be under stimulated and conformity is a must.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    The expectations are low
    The pay is the same no matter how hard you work
    Man those benefits

    Cons

    It's welfare with a different name
    Very boring punctuated with brief moments of extreme violence
    Your co workers die

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They haven't listened thus far

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't do it

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    Current Employee - Lance Corporal  in  Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Lance Corporal in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You meet a lot of people.

    Cons

    Napoleon complex leadership destroys motivation in junior Marines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop forgetting where you came from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The stupidity cannot be overstated. By the time youre in a position to make a difference, youre already about to get out

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    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I enjoy a regeimented lifestyle, and the training recieved was very beneficial.

    Cons

    When the regimentation of the Corps impacts my life at home. I do my job, my Marines do their jobs, dont bother me at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about your own FitReps, and actually do your job. Interfering with the Sgts ability to do their jobs impacts the organization as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have been disheartened and disillusioned by the recent conduct of our senior leaders.

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    comraderie, pride in service, adventure

    Cons

    politics, harassment, sexism, red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right the wrongs- don't allow "the way it has always been" to be an excuse for treating people poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for what you need for the future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Post 9-11 GI Bill is a major selling point. Allows most students to finish college with no student loans/debt if they manage their schedule wisely (as long as you use it after you're out.) Also, if you choose a field that is in line with your long term goals, you can gain relevant career experience while receiving pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Although there is an education that allows you to go to college while you're in, work hours and travel often make it difficult to go to school. Promotions can be slow and focused on seniority, not achievement. More often than not leadership at many levels is inept and ineffective. If the Marine Corps were a business it would have gone under long ago because they waste human capital and money to maintain the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to personnel at ALL levels, not just those of a certain rank. Valuable input as it pertains to policy and operations is being missed because those in leadership look at those in the workforce as stupid or uneducated (although often in this generation we have the same education as you with more real world experience.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not what I expected it to be.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Leadership skills, Training that can be transferred to school once you are out of the military, the Post 9/11- GI Bill and many other traits.

    Cons

    A lot of wasted time, all depends on who is in charge of you, people who shouldn't be promoted get promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Yut....yut?

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You stay in shape and build patience real quick. Some good qualities are instilled that help you in life.

    Cons

    Slim to zero liberty, disrespected often, many a time you will be held accountable for something you have no business about, typically a scapegoat for the higher ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter what I write, it will not be considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bad!

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    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Housing allowance if you can get it

    Cons

    No control over your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Troop welfare!

  10.  

    A company full of opportunity for advancement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Its a good opportunity to travel. Decent salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    Supervisors and managers do not know their job as well as they should. Anyone will step on you if it benefits their own advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Squadron needs more maintenance days to regroup from heavy flight schedules

  11.  

    awaiting my dd214s

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    Current Employee - 0311 Rifleman  in  Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - 0311 Rifleman in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    promised paycheck, looked up to by civilians in most areas, respectable appearance at all times. most of us have stayed fit over the years

    Cons

    promised paycheck doesnt mean enough to live on. you cant quit, unless you prefer prison over it. oh and the ever so appealing "i could get shot" and "was that a rocket?!" concept. plus being constantly micromanaged isnt too great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let us train our people how we want, instead of calling it hazing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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