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Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Mechanic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Endless possibilities, multiple positions, free training.

    Cons

    Long hours, deployments, cant fire someone

    Advice to Management

    None

  2. Diversity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY

    I worked at US Navy (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Geographic and job diversity
    Courtroom experience
    Lots of responsibility early on.
    BAH and BAS are tax-free. For single people, health care is free.
    Camraderie.

    Cons

    While you will have experienced many things, you probably won't be an expert.
    Have to buy many uniforms, which are expensive.
    Moving - locations aren't always paradise.
    You may need to be on call after hours (aka standing watch). Be prepared to deploy.
    Moving / deployments are very difficult on relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the first tour track. Let first tours have the traditional courtroom experience.

  3. Firecontrolman

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at US Navy (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training, rewarding technical work, and travel was great. As an FC, advancement is usually pretty good, and working on the gear you operate helps.

    Cons

    The hours were awful, deployments were tough, though manageable, and collateral duties quickly added up, overwhelming your primary job pretty quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and reasonable. Obviously things are going to be strict and tough because it is the military, but that doesn't mean you have to be condescending.

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  5. Military Officer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to excel.
    Great mentoring sessions.
    Opportunity to see world.

    Cons

    I did not have any cons while in the service.

  6. Lots of ups and some downs.

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Everett, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strive to do your best and take on extra opportunities. You will get noticed and progress. Be average and you'll survive right up till the next cutback and wonder why.

    Cons

    You are going to deploy, quit whining about it and enjoy it for what it is. No where else will you see the same things in the world than with the Navy.

  7. Surface Warfare Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    Great stepping stone for amazing opportunities while serving your country. You are forced into Leadership and Management roles that give you unmatched levels of responsibility. Also incredible opportunity to travel the globe. Work with professionals. Obtain unmatched experiences and work with some great people from all over the US. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance. Deployments are getting longer and more frequent. Even while in port you have to sleep on the ship often and support 24/7 operations regularly. High stress environments. Long hours of work with little sleep. While deployed you can expect to get 4-5 hours of sleep per night if you are lucky.

  8. Submarine Officer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging environment working along some of the best and brightest people you will find. Great experience for those looking for greater responsibility early in their career.

    Cons

    Often a high stress environment with long hours and a large amount of time away from home and family as well.

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to high performers such that they do not get burned out early in their careers. Be careful that bureaucratic requirements outpace actual capacity to comply.

  9. Naval Flight Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Good benefits: education and medical

    Cons

    You may have to move and live in non-choice places

  10. HM2

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, pay, training, camaraderie, and doing meaningful work

    Cons

    Long work days if on sea duty. Leave family, and personal life for days-months at a time. Different rates promote faster in shorter amount of time based off of manning alone. Politics is rampant. Possible life log physical or mental disability in result to job exposure. Becoming more and more lax as the new waves of sailors enter in

    Advice to Management

    Don't falter for society, keep the navy mentally and physically strong. Keep old traditions.

  11. EMC(SS)

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    Current Employee - ELCPO in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - ELCPO in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at US Navy (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, personnel that you work with

    Cons

    Micromanagement, fear of failure, sequestration

    Advice to Management

    Stop being afraid to fail. It is the most lasting way to learn.

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