Naval Surface Warfare Center

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NSWC Dahlgren Review

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Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA

I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

- Good salary (Washington DC locality pay)
- Broad range of technical opportunities
- Excellent benefits and education support (paid for my Master's Degree)
- Obtain government security clearance

Cons

- Slow and steady career progression
- Long project cycles
- Overbearing administrative requirements / mandatory training

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to incorporate more innovative development strategies for newer employees so that they don't feel stuck in the "step by step" government career progression model

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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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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    A Mixed Bag

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    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
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