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Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
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Pros
  • you have a paycheck every two weeks no matter what you get full medical and dental benefits (in 170 reviews)

  • I had the opportunity to travel and to meet people from all over the country (in 134 reviews)


Cons
  • You will have to be away from family at long periods of time for deployments (in 460 reviews)

  • Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that (in 297 reviews)

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  1.  

    Organization turned into political mania...

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    Former Employee - IT2 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT2 in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Crazy good career opportunities. Immediate supervisors supportive of decisions

    Cons

    Upper management only concerned about what's good for themselves. Never give time for junior personnel regardless of open door policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time and insight into where and what your junior guys want to do.
    Trust in your middle management to get the job done instead of putting 8 hands in the honey pot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Navy

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    Current Employee - E-6 US Navy in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - E-6 US Navy in Groton, CT

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Its steady pay and really hard to get fired

    Cons

    You go to sea for long periods of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't complain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not for me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits like going to many different places you would not normally go when deployed and education benefits when you're home.

    Cons

    Pay could be a lot better, and not being able to make your own life decisions like when you go home to visit friends and family, and also having to ask permission for everything you do in your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't be elisted

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    It got me out of my home town.

    Cons

    You have no life! It is totally dehumanizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect.

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

    life goes on

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    school is free after active service

    Cons

    no good communication. cover your own back.

  7.  

    Avionics Technician

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    The people, places and work. It was a fantastic experience if you were stationed at a command with good leadership.

    Cons

    There are so many commands without good leadership. Seems like anyone with a degree could become an officer, even if they had no idea how to lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be the change you wish to see.

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

    Doing too much with too little resources

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Decent pay once you obtain higher ranks. However considering the long deployments and the long work hours while on shore duty the salary is a touch low.

    Cons

    You get to see the world on Uncle Sam's dime, but at a cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The surface warfare community is full of whining, overweight, entitled, and lazy people who have no idea what real work is.

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    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in Mayport Nav S, FL
    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in Mayport Nav S, FL

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

    Pros

    Travel, pay, benefits, gaining experience in a skill or trade.

    Cons

    No time for college or family. Unpredictable schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for trying, if you are trying at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great training, great benefits, great people, hostile work environment, zero work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Join the Navy and be trained to do a job. You get 2.5 days off every month which quickly adds up to 30 paid vacation days in a year. Steady pay check with travel to interesting places around the world. Put in 20 years and you can have a retirement check at the age of 38 if you joined right out of High School at 18. G.I. Bill benefits for college are amazing.

    Cons

    Military spouses have their own organization to petition and complain to commanding officers that their wives and husbands are not getting enough time to spend with their families. There is no correlation between hours worked and the pay you receive. There is also no correlation between jobs and the pay you receive. A culinary specialist who is a third class petty officer and a nuclear mechanic who is a third class petty officer will receive the same pay every two weeks regardless of who has the more demanding and time consuming work load. You have to fight the administration for every benefit, but the Navy can take pay, benefits, and time away from you in a heartbeat without any difficulty. It is difficult to get discharged for bad behavior but the Navy has Non-judicial punishment where they can reduce you in rank, take away half months pay for up to two months and restrict you to the ship for up to 45 days where you can't go home and see your family. There is no standardization for how non-judicial punishment is awarded. Over-sleeping and being late to work can have a harsher penalty through non-judicial punishment than armed robbery as crazy as that sounds. Career sailors who took pride in their jobs and endured 12 - 16 years of service, fully committed to making it to the 20 year retirement mark started getting told they were no longer eligible to reenlist. The Navy has one of the highest divorce rates of any profession in the United States.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a job that demands and expects sacrifice from so many aspects of life from the sailors who serve. Respect your workforce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too Political

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    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Places, certain people... the places we deployed to and certain people I met made it tolerable..

    Cons

    People, politics... most people in the Navy abuse the rules and the leadership aspect of it is one big joke. If you just show up and do your job it simply isn't enough and no one cares to help you when you need it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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