US Navy Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 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.  

    Helicopter Pilot

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    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, motivated people, steady pay, wonderful medical and dental benefits, education opportunities for yourself and family, unique mission, patriotism and serving your country.

    Cons

    Family balance, no overtime, long hours, long deployments over holidays/life events. Promotions in aviation community harder to earn due to timing/manning limitations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retention benefits and career flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The Navy can be a great place to work, but it all depends on the command you are working for.

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    Current Employee - Director of Facility Management  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Facility Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Valuable work, significant responsibility, compensation can be good depending on if your position is graded correctly, opportunity to travel, usually many opportunities to move around and up in the organization.

    Cons

    Military vs. Civilian issues, military leadership is constantly rotating, crap shoot on good or bad chain of command, there are plenty of people just there to collect a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend senior military leaders, integrate more civilians into upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Chief

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    Former Employee - Chief Recruiter  in  Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Chief Recruiter in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    Secure job and a great place to serve your country

    Cons

    hours they can be long and demanding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    More opportunities than I ever expected

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    Former Employee - Supply Officer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Officer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at US Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Secure Job in a tough economy
    Opportunity to travel and mostly great locations
    If you want to succeed, there are LOTS of opportunities, as long as you don't sway too far off the beaten career path

    Cons

    Depending on where you are, high operational tempo/deployments can burn you out with few opportunities for breaks in between. Expect this onboard almost any ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assume your sailors are always doing what is right to the best of their judgement and punish only those who break that trust. Adding extra layers of bureaucracy or programs will not prevent your problems, only frustrate the large majority who do the right thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    US Navy (military)

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    Current Employee - Special Security Officer
    Current Employee - Special Security Officer

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

    Pros

    Training, experience, travel opportunities, benefits (allowances and vacation time); free education.

    Cons

    Mission before Sailors mentality, regardless of family situations (command dependent);
    loss of power at middle management level;
    upper management not willing to listen to lower level supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your middle and lower management. They see what the workload and watch rotation is doing to the workforce. No one wants to succeed; they strive to survive vice excel.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Go Navy!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Great opportunities to travel and see the world.

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult.

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    Fire Controlman

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    Former Employee - Sailor  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Sailor in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Being a fire controlman, Pay, Benefits, Travel, Education

    Cons

    Away from family, Travel, Working hours, Stress, Food, Sleep

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Provide you with the tools necessary to complete the task. Challenge you to enhance your life

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    Current Employee - Master At Arms  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Master At Arms in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy as a contractor

    Pros

    You'll get to travel and experience many cultures. The Navy will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and training in your field.

    Cons

    The navy preaches "Family First" but you will be expected to make the Navy your life. If you want to succeed in a long Naval career, be prepared for you and your family to make significant sacrifices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to Junior Sailors, be more proactive in motivating the ones who need a hand. Lead by example, not by your pay grade.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great opportunity to be exposed to multiple job functions from training to administration to technical leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    28 days of vacation is tough to beat in the civilian world, even if weekends are being eaten up.

    Instant network of friends with similar interests almost everywhere you go.

    Cons

    The "needs of the Navy" are what got me to eventually leave. Long deployments, Individual Augmentations and seemingly endless detachments make it hard to create a stable life in the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the head of the Pacific fleet told us that he thought that the deployment schedule of 6 months on, 18 months was reasonable, I knew there was a serious disconnect. That schedule hasn't been seen in 30 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Entry Level Enlisted Member

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    Current Employee - E-5  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - E-5 in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pay once you move up the ranks and reach E-5 or above is awesome. The ability to go around the world on a deployment are unbeatable. All of the perks as far as benefits for you and your family the discounts at various stores and the ability to move anywhere in the world and have a guaranteed job is awesome.

    Cons

    Once you have enlisted and agreed to start at the bottom of the ranks and you are used to running the show, don't expect to be in charge of anything in the fleet. You will be in charge of yourself and making sure you get the job you were assigned done. A lot of people get stuck in the same rank for years due to laziness and not contributing more than the minimum to their subordinates. Just follow the rules and do your job and you will be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to understand that the US Navy is evolving at a fast rate and some of the practices from the 90's are not the best practices for the military if they are trying to retain good sailors. Lots of great people leave due to the stone age practices of the management. Get with the corporate program!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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