US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. 4 years is good enough

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    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
  2. Marine Artillery

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    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
  3. USMC

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    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
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  5. Good In Principle

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    Former Contractor - Administration
    Former Contractor - 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
  6. Hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Contractor - 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
  7. A fighting chance

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    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
  8. Your experience serving will greatly vary based on your job, where you stationed, and the unit your assigned to.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA

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

    Pros

    Great chances to travel with in the States or to other countries (chances vary by job) . You will make some of the best memories and friends while your in. The friendship you will have with have with your fellow marines is something very unique and won't be able to find anywhere else. If you have a chance to deploy its a great chance to make a lot of money and easy to save it. Unfortunately there are many positive's that I can not describe to someone who has not served in the military. All I can say is there are many positive's in serving in the Marine Corps that you will always remember and miss when you are out. Overall I would highly recommend people to join the skills and traits I have learned while in the military have help me greatly since I have been out. It has help me stand out above my peers when I was applying for jobs. Only reason I listed my overall rating as dissatisfied was because my personal experience was not the best but was largely due to just unfortunate bad luck.

    Cons

    everything greatly varies in the military by what I said in the title. SO the prons and cons I am listing are based on my experience in artillery. Some of the Cons are very long hours its not uncommon for your battery to finish all the work by 1 pm but stand in formation kicking rocks or police calling (picking up trashing) the same gravel parking lot till 4 or 5pm when your finally allowed to go home. I have even had days where we finished the work by 2pm but didn't leave to go home till 9pm. Also artillery has a high field OP tempo and deployment tempo. The high deployment temp is great if your not married because you make a lot of money and if your on a MUE you go to a lot of great countries. Also a huge negative is that often every thing is just a chaotic mess. frequently you will have no idea what's going on but neither do your leaders your just basically a chicken running around with your head cut off. another negative is because of the high stress of the job its very hard on marriages and relationships. I would often come home in a very angry mood which would often resulted in me being easily annoyed or easily angered by my wife for things that would normally not bug me. One of the biggest Cons is you will be treated like dirt if your in a combat job. this is the military there is no HR for you to go cry to. you just need to man up and deal with it. The longer your in the easier it becomes but will always annoy you. The last and very big one is if you pick a job like infantry or artillery your body will break. You will have back problems as well as many others. And unless its very serious or obvious to others then don't plan on seeing a doctor for those problems till your out. I didn't find out that I had arthritis in my back ,knees, and feet ( by the age of 21) till I got out even though I pain from it daily I was not able to get it taken care of because I was to busy doing my job. but if you are seriously hurt to the point you wont be able to go on field ops for a while just be ready to hate your life because you will be treated worse then trash. The important thing to remember though is that just because I had to deal with these negatives doesn't mean you will. just make sure you research the job you want and talk to as many Marines from different units about their job and the unit so you can get a feeling of what to expect from the job and the type of unit you will have the greatest chance of ending up in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Mildly Worthwhile

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous
    Current Contractor - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Best amphibious light infantry in the world.
    Worldwide travel to interesting locations and vocations.
    Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Does not pay wages in a timely manner. Requires the individual to pay government bills out of pocket to be reimbursed in the indefinite future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your bills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Dysfunctional red tape laden environment. Nothing happens in a timely manner

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    Former Employee - Information Sydstems Manager in Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Information Sydstems Manager in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    Young, energetic, motivated and proud Marines.

    Cons

    Trying to get anything done technology related takes 5 times longer then it should. Few competent people. No one takes accountability or responsibility. Money is constantly wasted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline every technology related process and procedure. Learn from lean corporate and non government environments. Youre the smallest of the 4 services yet you take years to make even minor changes for the better. Fire inefficient civilian employees and reassign inefficient Marines.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. It's all a lie

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    A good opportunity to travel and meet people from all walks of life

    Cons

    Sucks the life out of you

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