US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Love/Hate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great life/leadership experience, some travel. Able to meet lots of great people. Financial stability straight out of high school.

    Cons

    Terrible Hours. Lots of bad leadership. Being treated like a 12 year old child. Never able to ask why something is the way it is

    Advice to Management

    Become better leaders. Do not let your position and authority get in the way of common sense. Analyze orders, do not see them as just black and white.


  2. The Marine is required to be loyal to the Corps but the Corps isn't loyal to the Marine.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn leadership and management skills. Day to day activities are constantly changing. Plenty of opportunity to grow and excel.

    Cons

    The commitment can destroy family and friend relationships. The job is high risk. There are plenty of bad leaders who create toxic environments that ruin employees instead of grow them.


  3. United States Marine Corps: All pros & cons apply to employees stationed within the United States, not combat zone.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Enlistment Bonuses, Travel incentive, Education Benefits, Networking Opportunities, Training programs, Housing Allowances, Veteran Benefits, Physical Fitness, clothing allowances.

    Cons

    Poor Housing, Poor working space health standards, Low food quality, Poor Living conditions, Personal Life mircro-management, Poor health care quality, poor employee treatment, hazing, disability harassment, inadequate tools to perform jobs, bias employee evaluations, unsafe working conditions, low safety climate consciousness, female maltreatment, hypocritical command authorities, inconsistent policy changes, knee jerk command reactions, elite-test management structures.


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  5. Worth joining if you lack direction upon high school graduation.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Arabic Linguist in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Current Employee - Arabic Linguist in Camp Lejeune, NC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, networking, time to figure out your passion.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of family/social time, poor work environment, poor treatment.


  6. Good opportunity for those who lack direction in life.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Arabic Linguist in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Current Employee - Arabic Linguist in Camp Lejeune, NC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, networking, and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Long and arduous hours, poor working conditions, stressful, and overbearing leadership.


  7. Had its ups and downs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits work with a lot of really good guys

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in places where it is really needed. Say they are family oriented and all about family yet would not even release me to go to my grandmother's funeral.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and let your senior enlisted take charge


  8. Great experience when you're young, recruiting duty was awful.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Extensive overseas travel. Fighting culture, toughest of the conventional forces. Pride of being a Marine. GI Bill, steady paycheck, good benefits (education, medical, dental). My first enlistment was an adventure throughout the Middle East, Southeast and East Asia. Trained in a military occupational specialty that guaranteed me employment on the outside.

    Cons

    Upon reenlisting, a Marine Sergeant will typically find himself on the list to go to a "special duty assignment" such as drill instructor, recruiting duty or embassy duty whether or not they want to go. I was "voluntold" for recruiting duty where I experienced the most miserable 3 years of my life. Most Marines leave after their first 4 years and the branch has the lowest retention rate of the Armed Forces due to the demanding lifestyle.

    Because of this, Marine Corps Recruiting Duty is extremely demanding in hitting its numbers month after month. This entails 14 to 16 hour work days, 6 (or more often, 7) days a week for the entire 3 years. The pressure to sign people up is intense and potentially career ending. Even if you do make your monthly sales quota, you are always not doing enough cold calls or area canvassing numbers. Even if you aren't busy, there is a lot of sitting around and doing nothing in the name of "team spirit."

    Career recruiters in charge of running recruiting stations do not care about family time and neither does the command. They threaten, bully, and intimidate recruiters by forcing them to work even longer hours if they are not good salesmen (again, most recruiters aren't volunteers in the first place). You can't quit either - "quitting" recruiting duty means getting demoted in rank and barred from a career in the Marine Corps.

    I have seen recruiters on anti-depressants. I have seen combat hardened Marines break down and cry because of the relentless pressure to sign more people up while working exhausting hours, on top of their wives getting ready to divorce them because they were never with their families. Work/life balance? Does not exist. Toxic work environment, lots of yelling and swearing for inconsequential reasons, powertripping station supervisors. For example, I have seen a recruiter make his monthly contract mission for signing up new applicants, but he had 78 cold calls that day instead of the assigned 80 phone calls. Because he was short by 2 phone calls (even though he made mission), the station supervisor forced him to get in his dress blue uniform and go to WalMart to walk around and try to recruit random people until 2 in the morning only to report to work by 7 in the morning and work all day again. I have seen a recruiter fail to get an applicant in for an interview over the phone. As punishment, the recruiting supervisor took his chair away so he would have to stand to make the phone calls and banned him from drinking coffee in the office until he could get an appointment. Again, these recruiters are Sergeant combat veterans being treated like children by Staff Sergeants or Gunnery Sergeants who have done nothing except recruit for their entire careers.

    Even though I successfully completed recruiting duty and was promoted to Staff Sergeant, I voluntarily ended my military career because I was so fed up with the poor treatment of Marines and the unending stress.

    Advice to Management

    Marine Corps Recruiting Command personnel need to stop riding canvassing recruiters and going through them like link sausages only so they can get a promotion. Recruiters are people too, with families, and are fighting to stay in Marine Corps while not getting divorced. It is an office job. There is no reason to treat people like this. Invest in your Marines so you can keep real expertise around. Unfortunately a lot of good Marines leave the Marine Corps after 1 or 2 enlistments which ensures that the B Team sticks around to get in top management positions.


  9. Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airframe Mechanic in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Airframe Mechanic in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money is ok but not the best.

    Cons

    Sucks really bad and makes you depressed

    Advice to Management

    Don't do it


  10. The Service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Serving the country.
    Look good in your uniform.
    Always something to keep yourself busy with.
    Good discipline.

    Cons

    Staff promoted to lead before learning how besides scary tactics, violence, etc.
    Non-proficient lazy management taking credit for the hard work of others and/or billet to get promoted via Fitness reports.
    Completing the mission comes first, prioritizing what the mission should be, comes last.
    Old leadership/management unable to cope with new developing technologies, methods, and trends. Instead they try to run the service like a poor business model, that has been outdated for 100 years, and then complain when it does not work.

    Advice to Management

    Do not complain when you try the same failed plan, expecting to get different results.


  11. Deploying sucks

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

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

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

    Pros

    Cool people, fun work environment

    Cons

    Deploying, miss out at home a activities

    Advice to Management

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



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