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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

I have been working at Military Sealift Command

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 Management

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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    Only for the Money

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    Former Employee - Third Mate
    Former Employee - Third Mate

    I worked at Military Sealift Command

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.


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    Second Assistant Engineer

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    Current Employee - Second Assistant Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Military Sealift Command full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I can only speak for Engineering: A superb choice for people with no obligations to silly land-lubbery (home, family, etc.). Very high upward mobility.... not unheard of to go from Third Engineer to First Engineer in only four years. You do the time, you eventually get promoted through their internal process. Many different large platforms (diesel, steam and gas turbine ships mostly designed for delivery of fuel and food at sea to Navy ships, though some other have special purposes. Federal job and perfect for the job security including those who have BumbleBee Tuna for brains. Most people here are competent. Provides ample learning experiences. Tons of overtime. With OT included, gross income for 3A/E ranges from $100,000 to $150,00 depending on how much vacation time taken and size/type of ship assigned to. 2A/E can get to $185,000+. Advice to young Engineering Officers: Do a few years, save that money then get out and get a life.

    Cons

    If you are overly jealous of union-affiliated, oil tanker or offshore drill rig mariners who spend half their year on vacation, MSC is not for you. Four months is a typical tour, though as an Engineer you are often relieved a month late, so in essence five month tours. After one month vacation you get called in again. Do not expect to have much of a life beyond MSC. New entry-level engineers flee from this organization regularly due to lack of vacation. Drop-out rate for maritime school grads is very high within first few years.

    Advice to Management

    Q. Why do chicken coops have two doors? A. Because if it had four doors it'd be a chicken sedan. Oh snap!


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