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Good experience while you're young

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Current Employee - Pilot in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Pilot in Seattle, WA

I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Travel, learning leadership skills, job training, post separation benefits such as GI Bill, retirement pension, adventure, meeting people from around the US and world.

Cons

Travel, deployments, promotion is based more on seniority than competence. Thick bureaucracy and tons of paperwork. Lots of tedious work with little reward.

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300 years of tradition unimpeded by progress.

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    Provides a good sense that you are making a real contribution.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working by the ocean, patriotic duty

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, can be high stress

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    "Hurry Up and Wait"

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    Former Employee - Work and Family Life Specialist
    Former Employee - Work and Family Life Specialist

    I worked at US Navy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -The benefits are nice.
    -Stable job, where it's pretty hard to get fired.
    -Very strict about not taking work home with you (this has more to do with maintaining client confidentiality)
    -When the computer network/system is down, you can't do anything.
    -The pay is nice. Depending on which part of the country you land in, "locality pay" helps, but...

    Cons

    ...the pay is not as high as I'd like it to be either.
    -Despite being in charge of "Work and Family Life", having work/life balance gets tougher and tougher. The government doesn't allow you to take extra time to get stuff done, because it doesn't want to authorize anyone overtime pay [unless all hell broke loose].
    -Long hours. Some days, after coming in at 7, only to leave at 9.
    -Traveling is horrible. Not because of the travel itself, but because you have to deal with the Defense Travel System. Worst system on earth. In fact while we're at it, all government websites you deal with are wretchedly horrible. This especially doesn't help when you have to do your job, while dealing with a stupid website to input your metrics.
    -Mixing government and contracting personnel helps to complicate things.
    -Computer network known as NMCI is a slow network, running on outdated CPUs, outdated software and operating system.
    -constant "training".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Stop concentrating on metrics. A social service organization is supposed to help their clients, not worry about the number of people that come through. In fact, if they were really worried about that, then they should come up with a quicker way to get people in to fill positions. No, contracting is not a solution, because contractors are not held to the same standard, and there is no real accountability. (NMCI is a perfect example of how crappy contracting out your network can get.)
    2. Test the usability of the websites on a small sample of people before granting a full-on contract. This way, you can prevent crappy websites like the Defense Travel System. I'd include URLs for everybody, but I might get in trouble.
    3. Put an end to forcing FFSCs to call family members of those deployed. It's a waste of time and resources. Mainly because of the crappy website that everyone has to use.
    4. If you want FFSCs to handle emergency situations, you should staff them accordingly. Actually, you should just staff them accordingly, regardless of whether or not you're preparing for an emergency.

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