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US Navy Reviews in Hawaii

Updated April 11, 2014
Updated April 11, 2014
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental while you are in the service (in 147 reviews)

  • The opportunity to travel to a country you may never have seen or thought about (in 118 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family is the only issue, but we manage the time we have very well (in 398 reviews)

  • The time away from home is not ideal, but the shore duty makes up for it (in 260 reviews)

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  1.  

    Glad I did it, but never doing it again...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician  in  Wahiawä, HI
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Wahiawä, HI

    Pros

    Good things about the Navy is it can get you money fast. As soon as you go to bootcamp you will be getting paid. All your clothes will be given to you, and they will continue to train you in everything you do, and pay for your training and education until you get out. Your health care and medical expenses will be taken care of, and any move you do between commands will be as well.

    Cons

    Bad things that come with being in the Navy: being subjected to vulgar personalities all the time, working on weekends and holidays without a choice, being far away from your family, and possibly in another country where it's expensive and difficult to leave or for your family to be able to come see you, possibly deploying for 10 months to a year and being away from your family the entire time, always working very long shifts, 13 hours, or on duty days 24 hours, if you're a female, having to put your hair in a tight bun every day and not being able to color your hair or nails, if you're a male, having to get your hair cut very short every week without fail, insomnia no matter where you live or work because of constantly changing sleep schedules, or having sea sickness for 10 months straight on a ship, getting woken up to do phone musters, or drills on the ship, having no space for your things and living on a ship with only a locker, having restrictions on the clothing you can wear and the places you can travel. You will be told who you can and can't be around, and one person can jeopardize your entire career and life after the Navy, so beware who you associate with. Your hard work might not always pay off, and you could get burned very quickly and easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to step on your workers. Be loyal and they will be loyal to you. Be a mentor, not a tyrant.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Travel the world, see coastlines!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Submarine Division Officer  in  Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Submarine Division Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay/special pays/Bonuses
    Available Services (Stores/gym/other base facilities)
    Training available for certain positions and areas

    Cons

    Extremely Political Advancement
    Top leaders generally don't value deck plate leaders
    Poor Quality of Life (Long deployments/fewer port visits/more restrictions while in foreign countries)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your junior sailors and Junior Officers, and take care of them. If you do they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Money vs Sanity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Junior Officer  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Junior Officer in Honolulu, HI

    Pros

    Exotic places
    Hefty Salary
    Interesting technology
    Experience sets you up for future career outside of the military
    $100k in first 4 years

    Cons

    Insane working hours, a lot of responsibility, deployment, stuck with people you may not get along with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not that important, chill out!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent travel with a career that will definitely challenge you.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician  in  Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Pearl Harbor, HI

    Pros

    It a great opportunity to go and see some of the world that many people rarely get a chance to do the same. Provides a direction for your life and training if you know, or even if you're unsure of, what you want to do. So be sure to research and maybe Google the job/rate that the recruiter presents to you. And there is not many other organizations or businesses with better benefits or compensation that compares. And you will have a chance to be a part of an on going history and culture that really will define you as a person. Someone should ask about "sea to shore rotation" when considering enlisting. Shore duty is great I have heard.

    As for the tech side of the Navy, I really enjoyed working on the equipment even though most of it seemed out dated; fixing something that was not working at all earlier that day is a pretty cool feeling and very satisfying. You'll get a chance to meet some men and women that have been working on military gear for a very long time and these are the people that you want to mentor you if you are working on equipment.

    Cons

    Very long work hours and almost guaranteed working 2 weekends a month and deployments are not vacations but it is nice to be away from home port due to the countless inspections that keep you there overnight months to almost a whole year or more at a time; but it is a calling and a chance to serve, so the timid beware. Life style restrictions with military punishment (one sailor made this mistake so policy changes with new rules and regulations to follow) are difficult to adjust too. Often undergo training to be informed of these policies and changes, which prevent you from accomplishing what you have to do that day and may stay a bit longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chief have become very unapproachable, difficult to come to the command with any issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IS the Navy worth your time?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survival Equipment Man  in  Kaneohe, HI
    Current Employee - Survival Equipment Man in Kaneohe, HI

    Pros

    Good pay, Good benefits, and at times good people

    Cons

    You can be let go on a whim with out any explanation. Job is repetitive. Your Supervisor is suppose to be a hard ass in turn makes your life hell. Then there is 5-9 month deployments. If you have a family this will be hard on you, if not you will most likly have a great time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop over hiring and then letting go of middle management, these people have families and you have destroyed lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Navy Nuke ET, Submarine

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

    Pros

    job security
    medical benifits
    banking options through Navy Federal
    fast advancement
    useful OJT
    skills for real world
    adventure and travel
    great camaraderie
    team work skills through adversity
    undermanned jobs lead to nearly "guaranteed," advancement

    Cons

    long hours 70-100+ hours per week

    poor compensation for amount of work

    generally low amount of recognition for a job well done

    extreme recognition for a job poorly done

    very difficult to get rid of "dead weight"

    as some people advance, they use their power to shirk duties. these duties become a burden on subordinates

    undermanned jobs lead to increased work loads and longer hours

    overseas deployments

    risk of personal injury/death

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retention of incompetent workers may keep the billets filled, but in the end leads to increased stress and displeasure for competent workers. To raise employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention rates, I recommend trimming the fat.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    US Navy If you need to work now.

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

    Pros

    Proud to serve but if you don't like kissing ass and are a poor test taker your done for

    Cons

    Deployments and poor leadership, hard to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look harder at your Cheifs mess they run the ship the way they want no mater what policies they make

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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