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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
241 Reviews
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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.  

    Corpsman

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hospital Corpsman in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Hospital Corpsman in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Great experience with patients and helps you realize who you are and maybe what you want to do for the rest of your life

    Cons

    The people they like to look out for them selves when it comes to ranking up. There is no since of comrodery anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you take great care of your people. Your people will take care of you. Don't throw people under the bus for your benefit

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

    Bureaucracy has taken hold.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing feels like an accomplishment, bureaucracy slows everything, focus on paper rather than results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of double standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Choose your rate choose your fate

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

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

    Pros

    Travel, regular pay check, free college, free health and dental

    Cons

    High stress, sacrifice family, working for idiots

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Too Traditional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nuclear Machinist Mate in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Nuclear Machinist Mate in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free medical, job security, close friendships

    Cons

    Opportunities and good reviews only given to members who are staying in; often poor/inexperienced leadership; long hours

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

    us navy

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

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    paycheck every month, healthcare, guarnteed job

    Cons

    they dont care about you or your family and dont pay enough for what they put you through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get things together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Numbers over People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - F/A-18 WSO in Lemoore Nas, CA
    Current Employee - F/A-18 WSO in Lemoore Nas, CA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay and experience in the aircraft.

    Cons

    Deployments, under training, treating people as numbers instead of people and not looking at the bigger picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-think the promotion policy and how promotions are selected.

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

    Serving your country is no easy job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A steady income and free medical and dental for you and the family. You also have a family away from family depending on your command.

    Cons

    Overworked and extremely undermanned. Politics and longer deployments are becoming the new norm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Way to Start Career But You Pay A High Price

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie is great and it definitely gives you a huge jump start to your career. That being said, it's more about the years of experience on the job than actual training you receive that helps out. Also gives you leg up after getting out for veteran status at future jobs.

    Cons

    By far the largest compliant I have isn't the deployments or even being separated from love ones. It's the fact that it is very hard to get fired so you end up with people who don't do anything adding to others workload and the same people getting advanced just because of their time in service and nothing to do with their work quality. A lot of people that are in would be fired in private sector jobs. With military though you end up with a lot of very good hard working people that get stuck doing extra work because of those who do nothing yet still collect a paycheck. The thing that makes it worse is you get what they call Pass But Not Advanced Points if you pass an advancement exam but did not do well enough overall to be advanced. First off, to pass the test you basically just have to spell your name correctly. Secondly, a lot of people who have no clue what they are doing collect enough of these points over time that they get advanced and become your supervisor. This leads to a ton of non-qualified personnel in the E5 and E6 grades which are the supervisors. Those people would have been fired within a year or two in private sector, instead they have been in 15 years and are an E6 because they could spell their name right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the definition of passing the advancement exam exactly that. Don't reward people for time in rate just because they can spell their name on the test. You still would have those lower personnel in the E1-E4 range that don't do anything but at least you wouldn't end up with E5 and E6 supervisors who you wouldn't want to run a McDonald's, must less a position where peoples lives can be put at stake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fighting for Freedom, but rarely get to enjoy any

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Vertical Launching Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Current Contractor - Vertical Launching Technician in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Navy as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable career for just about anyone as long as you can stay physically fit and are able to do a mediocre level of performance. United States loves war so you will probably have a job for as long as you want it; all you have to do is perform better than the next guy (which isn't hard considering the quality of people in the military in general). Great opportunity for a bachelor, unless you want a reason to get a divorce. Yes, there is travel opportunities but be prepared to have big brother watching you the entire time you are out.

    Cons

    What's considered a pro for lazy people isn't so much for the hard working individuals. I've seen people skate by and still gain rank and then those poor souls who work their butt off and never seem to get recognized. I've seriously laid awake at night thinking about who literally has my life in there hands and it's not a pleasant thought. Schedule is constantly changing so any definite plans with the family are never possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. I see too many chiefs who are mean for no reason. Try looking out for your people rather than trying to bring the man down on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Submariner

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

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Lots of time away from family, incompetent management. Upper chain of command is mostly political in nature, not concerned for sailors, just public image and personal career advancement.

    Cons

    Lots of hands experience earned, great friendships made and experiences you won't get anywhere else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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