NAVFAC Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good and steady.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hazardous Waste Disposer
    Current Employee - Hazardous Waste Disposer

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. Good benefits.

    Cons

    People are difficult to work with. Old and cranky baby boomers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the hiring process. Buddy system in full effect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A great place to work if working for retirement only, a career here would be painful.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Utility Engineering Technician in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Utility Engineering Technician in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, benefits are great, PTO and sick leave are accrued and are generous, 401k (TSP) with 5% match

    Cons

    Morale is low, leadership tends to micro-manage A LOT everyone always jockying for a new position, generally no one seems happy where they are. Seems that employees are just here because of the great benefits, no one actually likes their job, most office talk seems to revolve around when are you able to retire. In general a good place to work if your just looking for retirement not much upward mobility.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    A good place to start your career, then move on.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Variety of military specific projects. Important mission to serve the people who defend the USA. Work 8 hours every day, not forced to work any more than that.

    Cons

    No bonuses. No salary increases for getting your PE license. Organization has struggled for years with budget cuts. Good engineers are held back by the red tape in the system, bad engineers are here because they can’t make it in the private sector and whoever is left is waiting to float on the gov’t employees’ retirement system in X amount of years. It's an "all about me" company. Blatant mistakes are made and no one cares. Getting someone fired for poor performance is impossible. Government criteria is always changing, especially every 2 years when new military management takes over. You are required to do things that don't make any bit of sense just so someone can check a box on some form.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating this as an actual for-profit business instead of just a money pit of tax dollars. Abolish the majority of all ATFP and environmental requirements. You waste billions of dollars each year requiring ATFP and environmental requirements in the stupidest of places/projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    low employee morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NAVFAC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting projects, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Top heavy/too bureaucratic, too much micro management/no employee empowerment, little to no awards or recognition of employees, little to no janitorial services (carpets haven't been vacuumed in 18 months, scientists/engineers have to take out the trash and vacuum their own carpets), don't have the equipment, supplies, training, and staffing needed to do a good job for the client, NAVFAC jumps from one crisis to the next, clients and top management thinks NAVFAC is arrogant and our quality of service sucks per recent CO staff meeting, continual cuts to field staffing, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider getting rid of NAVFAC and have Army Corps of Engineers take over Naval Facilities functions. ACOE can and will do a better job managing Naval Facilities and their employees than NAVFAC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Lower your standards if you want to work here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Utility Engineering Technician in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Utility Engineering Technician in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding. NAVFAC encourages computer literate employees to work at home.

    Cons

    Organizational structure is weak. Commanding Officers are changed every two years, with three months in transition on both sides. Upper civilian managers require a strict adherence to a philosophy that requires employees to follow chain of command. Employees who follow laws, rules, regulations or communicate violations are labeled "Trouble Makers", and sometimes pigeon holed and assigned make work. Productivity (or an illusion of productivity) is placed above quality, and efficiency. Employees do not answer emails, hand written letters, or phone calls, and most assignments are whimsically applied. For example: I had worked on one project for two years and when the project was completed I was told: "Didn't I tell you that we decided not to do that project last year?" Assign dedicated band width to employees who work with data base, and block Facebook access, gaming, and stock trading sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exclusive union representation has not been challenged for decades. Blue collar and white collar employees are represented by two separate unions. File a FLRA challenge to force a vote for a unification of representation to reduce contract negotiation cost, and simplify representation requirements.. The unions are inefficient and at least one exclusively represents minority personnel. Modify your philosophy from " Support your chain of command." to "Follow law, rule, regulation, and place safety issues above all." Establish a top management review requirement of all safety, grievance, and suggestion reports generated at the work level. Upper military leadership does not understand engineering constraints, and upper civilian leaders are assigned responsibilities beyond their specialty of training and do not trust subordinate qualifications. Assign dedicated band width to employees who work with data base, and block Facebook access, gaming, and stock internet sites. Require assignments to be written and not orally generated. Update and establish process and procedural issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    An organization that struggles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at NAVFAC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some good people working for them.

    Cons

    Process of working at a joint base (eg: JBPHH) is confounding. One hand doesn't know what the other is doing. They tried to merge AF and Navy and it didn't work. The process of getting something done efficiently is practically non-existent. People won't answer emails (never been in an organization like that!!) People take months to get something back to you, when if they'd have looked at it and acted on it they could have seen it was soooo simple it took them five minutes. I worked there as a contractor for 6 months, it took 2-3 months just to figure out their processes. Was actually very happy to leave but the pay was good and 6 figures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a life. Work isn't the only thing you do. You need balance. Get off the spinning rat wheel and quit being so cliquish. Quit having so many turnovers in your construction managers, the customers hate it. Causes so much discontinuity and lack of satisfaction for the employees and the customers. Your processes are abominable. Waiting 6 months to get something done for funding reasons is stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Organization in which Diversity is Strongly Integrated into its Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Management Division Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Management Division Director in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NAVFAC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Even in a Non-exempt status, employees get paid for overtime; excellent camaradarie; a genuine understanding of the need for employee development and training; employees are loyal to the mission; leadership is extremely open to changes that improve efficiency.

    Cons

    Tight resources due to forces outside of the control of organization executives (control lies in Washington, DC) forces field employees to establish workarounds; in many cases, effecting change takes time because of the size of the bureaucracy and the need to gain maximum concurrence throughout the business line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on the powers that be to give more local control so that you aren't strapped with inefficiencies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good place to work, but limited mobility.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NAVFAC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Service to the Navy mission is rewarding. Interesting work, good benefits and ample amount of training opportunities. Work schedules are flexible which affords a good work-life balance. A professional organization.

    Cons

    Work can be challenging and many offices/departments are under staffed. There is little room for local mobility, must be willing to move to a region where a headquarters is located.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering higher paying job opportunities at the installation level to improve quality of service level to the fleet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Typical Government Agency - Always in Flux

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

    I have been working at NAVFAC full-time

    Pros

    -Stable work environment (only happens when a base closure occurs or when absolutely necessary)

    -Provides good training programs (if you seek them out and ONLY if your boss allows it)

    -Location is good

    Cons

    -Very narrow environment (promotions only occur with those who are well liked)

    -Very behind the times (technology used is outdated, flexible work environments are not really flexible)

    -Poor training for management (management has NO clue how to get the best out of their people)

    -Constant turnover and furloughs

    -Pay never really improves (raises have not been granted in a very long time)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that this particular command do a complete overhaul. Bring in consultants to root out the unproductive areas, usher in programs to teach managers how to truly motivate and LEAD employees. Also, management should work hard to encourage employees to pursue leadership and training programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Professional environment with an important mission. Challenging work with good benefits and security. Leadership actually listens to people in the organization and cares about professional development of their workforce.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging in a military organization. The current budget environment makes it difficult to do the job and makes change necessary but hard.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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