Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
39 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    NSWC Corona is a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Corona, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent starting salary for Engineers. A lot of upward mobility for those interested. Projects are interesting. I love my job.

    Cons

    No place is perfect. Sometimes it seems management does not have a clue, but that's probably true in many places and maybe just my perception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out of your comfort zone and go out and visit your sponsors, see what is changing out there.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Supportive of Career Development and Family Friendly.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Career Development, Supportive Organization, Important Work, Satisfying, Flexible Schedules,

    Cons

    Like any government job, you need to stay on top of people when you need personnel issues taken care of, which is difficult as a new employee if you do not know how to be assertive. Congress and their budget issues effect our yearly standard of living wages, and possibility of furloughs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is supposed to assign in developing plans for individual development of new employees but do not know how to, or do not want to take the time to assist new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Ops research and analysis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Research Analyst  in  Newport, RI
    Former Employee - Operations Research Analyst in Newport, RI

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work and you can see the relevancy of our findings!

    Cons

    Not busy enough, due to the budgetary concerns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Great place to work. Many opportunities for advancement and great support for pursuing continuing education and advanced degrees. Management (in my department) was supportive and great to work with. Coworkers are some of the best and the work is something we can be proud of.

    Cons

    Big Navy and government bureaucracy can sometimes get in the way. Sometimes the focus of work is to fix the latest "fire drill" and not the long term issues to benefit the Navy.

    Recommends
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    Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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.  

    Great Internship opportunity for patent lawyers.

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Stable workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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    Contract Specialist

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    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 for 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
  10.  

    Good place to work.

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

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities to chose from as far as type of work.

    Cons

    Some department management types do not trust their employees. This was made evident by a switch that I made between departments, which was from a more trusting environment to one in which Big Brother was obviously present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the extreme amount of paperwork required to order IT equipment. The amount of paperwork required to put in an order for less than $15,000 worth of computers is ridiculous. I'd guess that over half that amount is spent in oversight labor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    NSWC Dahlgren Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Dahlgren, VA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Good salary (Washington DC locality pay)
    - Broad range of technical opportunities
    - Excellent benefits and education support (paid for my Master's Degree)
    - Obtain government security clearance

    Cons

    - Slow and steady career progression
    - Long project cycles
    - Overbearing administrative requirements / mandatory training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to incorporate more innovative development strategies for newer employees so that they don't feel stuck in the "step by step" government career progression model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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