Naval Postgraduate School

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Naval Postgraduate School Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Brilliant when working alongside students; however, senior administration remains gridlocked and disconnected.

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The student body and mission are truly remarkable. NPS rightfully earns and claims 'world class' status in recognizing the unique and powerful nature of treating students as research partners.

    Cons

    There remains an enormous layer of unnecessary bureaucracy. These layers stultify communication and encourage infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce admin overhead positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Navy/NPS Command are gridlocked...:Future is uncertain" says the Magic 8 Ball...

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work....once upon a time. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor, poor, poor communication from the NPS Command staff down the chain. No care or regard for employees like there once was. I was am employee for 9 years and left because of all the indecision and jerking around of my position. Hiring freezes that go on too long - no help from NPS Command on getting tasks accomplished. Roadblocks a-plenty to getting one's work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fit people rigidly into categories after-the-fact. Don't tell your employees they are "valued assets" one day (during the furloughs) and then limit their growth or jerk them around in their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unsettled times at nps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School

    Pros

    Smart people who want to serve. Great base location.

    Cons

    Budget issues will always be an problem. Current end strength issues could have been avoided. Communication still sucks. People will fill a void and usually with worst option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk. For the love if god talks. A bs note pasted on the intranet doesn't count for strat comm.

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  5.  

    Navy doesn't know what it wants from NPS

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great students. Great faculty. Relatively easy to get research funds.

    Cons

    New DoD regulations are making it very difficult to be both a research university and a military base.

    Very little effort towards faculty advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Work Elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Love working for DoD; love providing services to military dependents. Always interesting.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership; very gossipy place to work; some employees overworked while others do nothing..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at how things really are. Try to keep employees who perform let those who don't go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great working environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School

    Pros

    Very intelligent coworkers, great funding, and access to resources was amazing!

    Cons

    Lots of red tape of hoops for getting some things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience:

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    comfortable environment
    probably most liberal time off policies when it syncs with scheduling.

    Cons

    Government is slow for everything especially as a school which has even more overhead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Discriminatory Hiring practices.

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    Former Employee - AD Staff  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - AD Staff in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great if You are in the "club" no chance of losing your job or pay - it's guaranteed.

    Cons

    Cut down with no pay if you are not in the "club" at the whim of the Club members - good luck ever getting promoted or advancing - nobody retires You are lucky if they have some debilitating ailment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect lawsuits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good place to research and teach

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    A beautiful and wonderful location in Monterey, CA

    Cons

    very long administrative processing time

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Professor

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Monterey Park, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Monterey Park, CA

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to be lots of autonomy. Used to be that you were never micromanaged and could freely explore your own research. Only constraint was that it had to be relevant to US Navy mission. I am definitely ok with that! That's why I took this job

    Cons

    In the current fiscal and bureaucratic environment, it has become a horrible place to work. Overbearing regulations, micromanagement of every aspect of your professional live. Can't travel, can't go to conferences, and worst of all, 11 days of furlough that you can't make up with PTO. Not to mention that over the last four years there hasn't been cost-of-living increase -- functionally giving me a pay cut every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you believe the hype that you are always pitching, then give the professor (the experts) the ability to carry out the mission. If not, fire all of the civilian PhD's and put in only military faculty. You will get what you want (and deserve).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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