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Awesome pay. Didn't learn much.

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Former Employee - Student Trainee  in  Corona, CA
Former Employee - Student Trainee in Corona, CA

I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

Pros

Great pay for interns
Extremely laid back
Management gives awards
Great community and family picnics
Gym to workout
Supporting the US Navy!
Get bonuses
Salary always increases as the cost of living increases

Cons

Extremely boring at times. I felt like I was stealing tax payers money.
People are extremely old, boring, and nerdy
Sit at a cubicle all day
I would not live in Corona

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting job, needs more mid-level advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    - Many different departments/project areas
     - Flexible work schedule
     - Easy to switch positions once working here
     - Good benefits package

    Cons

    - Lacking promotions for mid-level employees with 3-10 years work experience
     - Too much inefficiency caused by bureaucratic red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As current employees directly for feedback regarding promotions, work assignments, and training programs. Too many issues are caused by lack of feedback between the policy makers and the people who must follow these policies in everyday work.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place a scientist can develop a career

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    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Indian Head, MD
    Current Employee - Chemist in Indian Head, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    In Research department:
    Freedom to propose own research programs.
    Some managers let you do what you want.
    Federal government benefits are pretty good.
    Many people in research are smart and trying their best.

    Cons

    In Research department:
    Upper management doesn't really understand or support scientific research; it's all engineering and project management to them.
    Research program funding is in short supply, for short durations (1 year at a time), and for a small amount of money (half a man year), making it difficult to build long-term programs or hire additional staff or post-docs.
    For PhDs, little advancement opportunity: because so many researchers have PhDs, there are few management spots.
    For non-PhDs, management doesn’t know what to do with them: still expected to write proposals even though they’re not trained to be independent researchers.
    Little career development opportunity: few other tracks for scientists to pursue besides management.
    One or two senior personnel with outsized personalities effectively determine much of the internal-money research funding, so if they don’t like you, your work won’t get funded.

    General:
    Many employees are government bureaucrats who don't want to help you even though it's their job to.
    Bureaucracy (especially purchasing computers and chemicals) is getting worse all the time, decreasing the amount of time you can spend on your actual work.
    Many old, poorly-maintained buildings; some have frequent water outages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either commit to scientific research or get out of the business.
    Let scientists run the research department, not engineers.
    Stop hiring relatives of employees if they’re not qualified.
    Shield employees from pointless paperwork so they can do the jobs you hired them for.

    Doesn't Recommend
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