US Navy Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
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  1. Opportunity for those seeking to get ahead in life, but not without cost.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The generous base pay and additional tax-free allowances result in a very competitive take-home salary, great camaraderie among peers, excellent leadership opportunities for even the most junior personnel, you can't get fired for anything less than a felony.

    Cons

    You can't fire people for anything less than a felony, work-life balance is impossible to achieve, frequent moves, bureaucracy is nearly insurmountable, senior leadership is almost universally disinterested in treating you like a human being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manning and mission accomplishment is a difficult balance, but telling a subordinate whose wife is hospitalized that you don't care because "she wasn't issued in your sea bag," is completely unacceptable. And you wonder why people can't wait to leave the submarine...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Focuses on the bottom line

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LS2(SS) in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - LS2(SS) in Pearl Harbor, HI

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

    Pros

    $$$, plenty of time on your feet.... wait what

    Cons

    Does not care about family or the people who make up this force too much authority is kept at the top and lower ranks almost get no responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. If I could only leave a lower rating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Pearl Harbor, HI

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

    Pros

    no shortage of b.s. wait what

    Cons

    everything that could be wrong is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to make this look like a corporation. Getting kicked out for BCA in less than a month when people who knowingly broke the law (i.e. DUI, Narcotics abuse...etc.) stay in while "processing" and collect a full paycheck. You won't listen to this anyway....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. A leg up on others once you are out but you pay dearly for that opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electrician's Mate and Work Center Supervisor in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electrician's Mate and Work Center Supervisor in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I worked at US Navy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    *NUKE ELECTRICIAN ON A FAST ATTACK* Great overall technical training, all the information is easy to access for any kind of system you want to learn. Gives you a good work ethic and ability to absorb pain compared to the common American.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrible culture at the top. The Navy has become an organization of who can blame others the quickest or abuse their power the most. ****In reality, the reason the Navy is absolutely horrible is one simple reason: the good people get out, the worthless and others unfit for leadership or capable of existing in todays society stay in and eventually become your leaders.**** In addition to that key point, the Navy is trying to write the dumb out of humans with procedures; it doesnt work. The Navy has decreased its training program difficulty levels to points where personnel who should not succeed - do. This causes accidents and other procedural violations later in life which are then punished. Do us all a favor and instead of risking your submariner's lives, filter those who shouldnt be there out prior to them ever getting the chance to hurt us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Burn all your procedures, completely fire all of your personnel and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The Navy is a horrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    If you have nothing going for you in life, then join the Navy. The advancement is pretty high, but then you have a bunch of people at the senior level who don't know whats going on, since all the good/smart people get out.

    Cons

    The quality of life is horrible. If you like working 17+ hour days, 7 days a week, for a month at a time, being away from home for 6+ months at a time, then this place is for you. The pay is ok, but being nuclear trained the pay in the civilian world is so much better. If you bring up a problem whether reactor safety, hazing incident, etc., you are either are totally ignored or you get punished in some way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to treat people like human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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