Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, very helpful and I learned a lot in the 22 weeks I spent there.

    Cons

    If you do not have a car, the bus works. But you are stuck to a bus schedule for your work schedule.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great Experience at NSWC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in West Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in West Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great, friendly, smart people. Fun and nice atmosphere/campus. Lots of meaningful collaboration on projects, working toward important goals.

    Cons

    Huge facility, part of a system of many, many other labs. Being part of a big, bureaucratic government organization can have its pitfalls when trying to get new software approved, communicate with another lab across the country about something, get internet access for an intern, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update and modernize software. As a computer science intern, it could be very frustrating to have to code in outdated languages and versions of things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good but it could be better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. The commute is easy.

    Cons

    Underpaid for amount of work/responsibilities. Too much bureaucracy. Limited promotional potential. Big old boy culture/mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting energetic employees with the experience/desire to fulfill high value positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Fantastic, loved the work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Dahlgren, VA
    Former Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Dahlgren, VA

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the creativity, and challenge working on warfare systems for Surface Navy.

    Cons

    Big Navy, big government equals red tape!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very difficult for management to make decisions, when all of the decisions are made uptown by DoD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, vacation/sick time based on seniority - 6 weeks vacation after 3 yrs. Good pay. Interesting work. Get to help the Navy. Stable employment. There are a lot of good people working there, who care about getting things right and helping the Navy succeed. Can learn a lot from the folks who have been working there, if you take the initiative and seek out mentors.

    Cons

    Limited advancement if you don't want to be in management. Bureaucracy. Takes forever to get things approved/implemented. Dependent on Congress/Federal Gov't to get their act together on the budget. Cost of living increases dependent on Congress/politics. Weak "formal" mentoring program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need strong mentoring program. Love the flex time.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Stable workplace

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

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Stable, with few layoffs. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Difficult to stand out. Little knowledge of work impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design decisions should come from bottom-level people, less from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great Internship opportunity for patent lawyers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Extern
    Current Employee - Patent Extern

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outstanding work experience. Hands on patent prosecution experience of highly technical and innovative patents. Staff is great to work with and very eager to teach and mentor.

    Cons

    A lot of teleconferencing and not much face to face time with your immediate supervisors.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Not bad, but there is better out there...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits & Job Stability

    Cons

    Stagnant, poor leadership .....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good salary and benefits but declining technically

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    The salary is high, esp. if you spend many years here. The benefits are adequate, and some of them are great (e.g., the amount of leave you get). It is a stable job.

    Cons

    This organization has a very extended bureaucracy designed to prevent engineers and scientists from doing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your organization out from under NAVSEA, and start creating a culture that centers on technical personnel and innovative work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Contract Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Panama City, FL

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job provides a good salary.

    Cons

    The job is working for the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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