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US Navy Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
3,881 Reviews
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Pros
  • you have a paycheck every two weeks no matter what you get full medical and dental benefits (in 167 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 446 reviews)

  • Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that (in 289 reviews)

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  1.  

    Physician Assistant, Family Medicine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Medicine PA in Kings Bay, GA
    Former Employee - Family Medicine PA in Kings Bay, GA

    I worked at US Navy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Esprit de corps, autonomy, invaluable experience, adventure, serving our active duty troops, veterans and family members, very reliable pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Must be willing to go where the Navy requires, with or without family, for extended periods of time. This can be a pro or con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Loved the Navy!

    Former Employee - Fire Controlman Second Class in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Fire Controlman Second Class in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The leadership and maturity that you gain as an adult is unlike anything you can gain in the civilian industry. The leadership and inter-personal skills are invaluable. In the end it all depends on your attitude, though. I loved the Navy so I learned a lot and took a lot from it.

    Cons

    Being away from family via standing duty (24 hours away from home), going underway for days or weeks at a time, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whether you're an Ensign or a Chief, just because you wear khaki's....don't forget where you came from and who actually has to do the work you are asking your people to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Navy Chief

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and develop leadership, mentoring and management skills.

    Cons

    Significant travel required. Hard on family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for more pay and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    US Navy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is unmatched and I enjoyed my time as an enlisted sailor.

    Cons

    There is very little consistency with the job.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Still the best organization to grow and prosper with!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Surface Warfare Officer
    Current Employee - Surface Warfare Officer

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

    Pros

    At every level, opportunities to hone leadership and also prep for career outside of the service.

    Cons

    Not for all. No instant gratification, but for those who seek to better themselves and have the temperament to learn and understand what it means to have honor, courage and commitment, opportunities in and out of the service are unbounded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Gratifying work as an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Interesting career, great people, every day offers a new challenge in a job that provides security for our nation and allies. The pay and benefits are hard to beat, especially if you are able to serve for over 20 years and earn a pension.
    If you want to see the world, the Navy is one great way to do it.

    Cons

    Orders are orders, so you go where you're needed, when you're needed. You find out fast the needs of the Navy come first, and your family must frequently take a back seat at some inconvenient times. Be prepared to spend large chunks of time away from home, many deployments can last up to 9 months at sea. On the flip side, the Navy has great programs geared toward helping you and your family weather the trying times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sustain the Fleet and its people- invest in personnel with the same sense of priority as you do weapons systems.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The greatest building block a person could have if taken seriously. John 15:13

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Analyst
    Former Employee - Cryptologic Analyst

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

    Pros

    - Education,
    - training
    - Comradery
    - impact
    - pay after E-5 ;O)

    Cons

    - Life = work.
    - food
    - housing
    - oversight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The military should not be treated like a corporation it is not. It is a life choice, no one has to die for their company. Don't appeal to pockets, appeal to patriotism, don't appeal to selfishness, but to sympathy (pilgrims progress). Relax on kicking people out for everything. Necessary Laws weaken necessary ones (Benjamin Franklin) If you do this a higher caliber person will choose to stay in the military. Less rotation more port time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer Second Class in San Diego, CA

    I worked at US Navy (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The military helped me to grow as an employee and a person.

    Cons

    The People are not all exceptional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nuclear surface warfare officer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Naval Officer
    Current Employee - Naval Officer

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

    Pros

    Work with amazing people. Given opportunities to better yourself through more education, training, and leadership positions.

    Cons

    Family life suffers. Between deployments, extensions and continuous inspections it was clear that families had to take a back seat to preparations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't place all the responsibility on the shoulders of a few. Take the time and give the effort to develop your talent. The result will be better operators and leaders, and your most talented will choose to stay in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start, no matter your ultimate goal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in Bellevue, NE
    Former Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in Bellevue, NE

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

    Pros

    Working with great people. Policies are fair and mature. Do things by the book and you can't go wrong. Pay is excellent compared to civilian counterparts.

    Cons

    Fleet is undercapitalized. Secretary's priorities are completely out of whack. Folks are getting promoted before they've had time to accumulate the necessary experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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