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US Navy Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.9 3,397 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus

(1,371 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Not the best place to work

    Construction Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work experience and pay

    ConsPoor supervisors, poor support, understaffed

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnowledgeable individuals are kept in their trades and will not be promoted

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life in the Navy

    Intelligence Analyst (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsBenefits are the only thing.

    ConsExtended Deployments are a negative.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It can help pay for school.

    Hospital Corpsman (Current Employee) Great Lakes, IL

    ProsLeadership oppourtunities, and tuition assistance is available. If one is so inclined they can stay enlisted and make a long grind to the top, so promotions are out there if you are looking for it.

    ConsEvaluations to advance are skewed and not an accurate way to promote. Advancement tests are non-relevant for my job (dental assistant) since it got merged with the HM rate. Many shore commands dont care if you do your job but they want to see you volunteer more than excel in you navy job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience. Many friends and opportunities.

    E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsIndependence, thorough education, support of team members. Travel.

    ConsLack of privacy. Low pay. Sometimes prevented from acting within capability of training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow Corpsman to act as Corpsmen, rather than glorified nurses aides.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good with the exception of financial management for reservist.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility travel change fulfilled

    ConsNo care for individuals wellbeing

    Advice to Senior ManagementCivilianize operations dept at all NOSC

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    More than a job, the navy is an opportunity that i would not pass up if i had a chance to do it all again.

    Aviation Electronics Technician (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsExcellent opportunity to help you figure out what you want to do with your life.
    free healthcare, college, room and board.
    travel opportunities.
    free tech training
    30 days paid vacation a year

    Consseparation from family friends and at times everything you know.
    no control over your life. personal or professional. you are always at the whim of the military.
    very physically demanding.
    although healthcare is completely free, it leaves something to be desired.
    even if you are in your 30s, expect to be treated like a kid until you are senior ranking. (literally curfews, and bed times)

    Advice to Senior Managementthe promotion system needs to undergo a complete overhaul. the 3M system needs to be thrown out and redesigned from scratch by people that have had no affiliation whatsoever with that incredible waste of time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learning experience.

    Avionics (Former Employee) Jacksonville, FL

    ProsPlaces and the people are the best thing about serving. The most rewarding thing is getting paid to visit different countries while being with some of the best people.

    ConsTedious work, micromanagement. Many of the upper level decision makers do not have a clue to much of the changes that need to be made to create a more efficient Navy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the junior workforce, they know much more than most would expect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard at times

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits and travel. Meet many new people from around the world.

    ConsAlways away from home and family. Low rank means you're stupid so you have no say even if you've done the job before the Navy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your head outs of your butts.. Rank means nothing so stop acting like you're untouchable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job if you can handle the DC trafic.

    Nuclear Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsHave a work product that matters, in supporting the US Navy fleet. Working with very motivated and smart people. Opportunities for career advancement.

    ConsCommuting to work in DC traffic. Government buracracy pains and ineffiencies. Demanding management. Managing work from hundreds of miles away makes it hard to related with the guy turing the wrench.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fulfilling job that comes at a price

    Helicopter Pilot (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsTremendous pride in service and work we are doing. Compensation is competitive when you first start out but within 8 years or so, your civilian counterparts will out-earn you.

    ConsCulture, and therefore any attempts to improve or change, is frozen by a highly risk-adverse mindset. This Navy could never produce the visionary leaders of the past (Nimitz, etc.) because they would be hung for their failures and never promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can only speak for helicopter aviation but...housecleaning needs to happen on a large scale. Somewhere during a CO's tour he makes a change and becomes the risk-adverse manager he always hated instead of the visionary leader the military needs. After that happens, its easy for him/her to get promoted to CAPT...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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