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Former Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant
Former Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant

I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great people. Exciting work. Sense of purpose. Without a doubt some of the most amazing and talented people I've ever come across in my life. The experience will change you for the better. The world will seem different afterwards. The things most people worry about will seem trivial.

Cons

Leadership. A cog in the machine. Deployments to help senior leaders careers. Once had an Admiral complain that he was embarrassed in the pentagon around Army Generals that we were only doing an 8 month cruise while they were doing 14 month deployments. Same Admiral mentioned number of bombs dropped and number of hamburgers cooked in the same same sentence about our successful deployment. The guy cared more about metrics, his pride, and his career, then about the people spending months away from family and risking their lives. Unfortunately since the wars are limited in nature, the ethos of leaders is CYA, don't take any risk, and create metrics for your career advancement on the backs of the sailors in the fleet. There are some really good people who make O6 and above, but they are pretty few and far between.

Advice to Management

8 month cruises. Back to back deployments. Augment Tours. Surge Readiness. Just because the Army was stupid enough to destroy itself with never ending 14 month tours doesn't mean the Navy should be stupid too. Was a 2.0 presence really necessary in the Gulf. Everything is breaking down to overuse and there is no money to fix it. Like a great CO said, one generation of Admiral's builds their careers breaking the Navy, the next builds their careers fixing it. It's time for the next generation. Do less with less. Get the contractors under control. Have the integrity to retire once you are done and don't delude yourself that the defense contractor wants you because of your knowledge and not your Rolodex. Maybe then the services will stop getting such overpriced crap.

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  1. Former Culinary Specialist

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    Former Employee - Culinary Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Culinary Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel and see the world.

    Cons

    Long hours at sea. Tough work life balance if you have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Return to a more old school Navy.

  2. Naval Officer

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    Current Employee - Aviator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Aviator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Potentially exciting work opportunities; Great organizational pride and camaraderie, professional work environment; Excellent benefits and support structure; Nearly unlimited training and educational opportunities; Visit exotic locations around the world

    Cons

    Multilayered chain of command = heavy micromanagement and little effective leadership and responsibility; Advancement only loosely based on individual achievement, rewards based on working more time vice more efficiently; Your personal life doesn't belong to you

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who challenge the status quo. Move away from the zero-defect mentality and allow people to learn from mistakes rather than end careers. Stop trying to micromanage personal behavior.

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