Military Sealift Command

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The RET community is in bad shape with overdue reliefs and questionable community management!

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Current Employee - Retc
Current Employee - Retc

Pros

The pay is good for RET's, at least on the west coast. Even an RET2 on a decent ship will make over 70k per year, and an RETC will make close to or slightly past 100k provided the OT is decent (55 plus every 2 weeks). The job stability is outstanding provided that you maintain your clearance and all the other stuff that goes without saying.

Cons

The RET community is in bad shape. The management in Norfolk has lost control of the program, people are getting relieved (with regularity) 60-plus days late. It can't be all blamed on the placement specialist, but someone somewhere is at fault. RET's are doing what they want, getting extended vacation any way they can, and the head office is afraid to do anything about it. Maybe they just don't care.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a new community manager who actually does their job, and make both the placement specialist and RET's who are avoiding work more accountable.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only for the Money

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    Former Employee - Third Mate
    Former Employee - Third Mate

    Pros

    There's a lot of money to be made very quickly. Your checks here will go straight into the bank, as you will see lots of different countries.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Inept leadership, terrible communication between leadership and crew, and very little consideration for time off. It doesn't matter if you've sailed a year straight with them (away from family and kids), they will want you to back after three weeks. Your detailer will not be sympathetic to anything you give them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open of advancement within your organization, less discriminatory in your promotions, and hold your leadership more accountable. Also, if you want to keep good mariners, you have to give more vacation time.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Great cadet experience!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Cadet  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Cadet in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Get to travel to different ports all over the world, life on the ocean, great crew depending on vessel

    Cons

    I was only a cadet who was sailing for 3 months because of my license requirements but the cons for crew that are there are probably being away from home for extended periods of time and since this is a federal job, employees are rarely fired for poor performance, just promoted.

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