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Good place to work, with frequent minor frustrations

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at NAVFAC full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Good pay and benefits; work-life balance highly valued among senior management; mostly interesting and challenging work supporting the broader mission of the Navy. Excellent team of coworkers in my division. Teamwork highly valued, and many opportunities to interact/work with personnel from elsewhere in Navy/DoD and other federal and local agencies.

Cons

As in most large agencies, things fall through the cracks easily and senior management is not able to pay attention to small details. During my time at NAVFAC, I have gone several weeks without a permanent desk due to lack of space, have had a promotion processed a month later than it should have been because no one was paying attention, and found out a coworker was making significantly more than me simply because HR was sloppy and entered information incorrectly into the computer. Other coworkers have experienced similar problems. While these issues are small on their own, they do add up and can make employees feel as if they are not valued.

Other daily frustrations include highly outdated techology and software and an overall difficult process to obtain the resources needed to perform one's job. I waited almost 6 months to have needed (and otherwise widely-used) software installed on my computer simply because it was not on the IT provider's "approved" list.

Finally, as others have mentioned, there is definitely a resistance to change or doing something that hasn't been done before. Even when senior management is on board with something, they are often shut down by their supervisors. This seems to be a problem DoD-wide.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There are many great younger employees at NAVFAC right now, and retaining these employees is key to maintaining and even improving the command's good reputation. Paying attention to small details - i.e. making sure your employees have a place to sit and have working computers, making sure their paychecks are correct, etc. - goes a long way in making them feel valued.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much cronyism in civilian sector.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at NAVFAC

    Pros

    Pleasant physical facilities. Clean, modern buildings. Nice locations, good parking. HR is efficient and helpful with individual HR matters.

    Cons

    High level of cronyism. Clubbish and cliquish atmosphere, like being in an invitation-only exclusive sorority - fraternity. Originality is discouraged. Diversity is discouraged. Talent is overlooked and ignored if employee not in the "club". Anyone perceived as "different" will be ostracized and labeled as an outsider. Unequal communication -- insiders are provided with valuable information and outsiders who are not in the "club" are excluded. Gossiping and backstabbing is not only rampant but encouraged by the highest manager(s). There are multiple husband-wife teams throughout NAVFAC -- i.e. one can get a job, even a promotion, there if one's spouse works there. There are parent-offspring teams: i.e Parents secure jobs for their sons or daughters. Military managers seem to have no idea of the vast civilian cronyism occurring. Military higher management evidently ignores the staff cronyism, "laissez-faire", perhaps because they are only temporary visitors and the cronyism does not affect them. Matrix-style management makes it tough to pinpoint ownership of management and related managerial decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Situation seems beyond repair unless the cronyism can be reduced or eliminated. Civilian upper-management leaders fostering the cronyism via participation in the process. Cannot offer any advise to an entity who contributes to the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Work/Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I have been working at NAVFAC

    Pros

    If you want to have a work place that supports your family and personal life outside of work, NAVFAC is a wonderful place to be.

    Cons

    Much of the old ways of the federal government are still evident, such as promotion on tenure and an inability or unwillingness to accept change as a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to eliminate, or at the very least, relocate underperformers so that the new blood can affect change.

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