Naval Surface Warfare Center

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A Mixed Bag

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dahlgren, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dahlgren, VA

I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Used to be a center of innovation
Good vacation benefits
Flexible work schedules
Job security
Health insurance

Cons

Innovation is being stifled
Too many hurtles created against doing real technical work
"We want to do that, but there isn't a process for it."
Technical innovation takes a far back seat to electron pushing
Bureaucracy has become horrific, especially over the last 5 years
Local management is impotent
Corporate management completely detached from needs of workers
Technical people aren't considered as important as programmatic types
No real technical career ladder
Research has been almost been eliminated - farmed out to universities and contractors
Horrible IT policies and capabilities - practically impossible to install newer software or develop it

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Corporate: let local managers manage. Give them authority and let them be responsible.
Drop all the processes and focus on good people - they will create the necessary processes if needed
Remind yourself every day that the mission is about the sailors and the marines and giving them superior technology to prevail in their mission - not about having a process and boxes checked in a spread sheet or on a web site

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

44 Other Employee Reviews for Naval Surface Warfare Center (View Most Recent)

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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in West Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in West Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, strong values, good benefits, stable work

    Cons

    This is a federal government organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Provides unique opportunities to explore some exciting technologies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to serve the fleet and the sailor
    Job stability
    Flexible work hours
    Leave and benefits
    Education Opportunities

    Cons

    Pay
    Advancement based on time not performance
    High performers rarely rewarded and rewards are minimal
    Managers lack training and knowledge
    Lots of dead weight and low performers due to antiquated policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers instead of promoting engineers, change policies to get rid of dead weight and reward high performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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