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.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Travel opportunities if on the right project

    Cons

    Lack of real engineering work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Okay, but tough to get advancements and awards.

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    Former Employee - Logistics in Crane, IN
    Former Employee - Logistics in Crane, IN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay as a starter.

    Cons

    Long drive from any town or city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need less politics and more recognition for hard/good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Ops research and analysis

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    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 (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  

    It pays the bills, but being a government drone can drag you down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    The salary and benefits package is extremely competitive. Flexible work hours and plenty of vacation time.

    Cons

    The pay is competitive up to a point; the glass ceiling on pay bands is extremely hard to break through. Senior management doesn't seem very interested in developing lower level employees. There's a sense that younger people with excellent skills are expected to last a few years and then look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your best people and develop better processes and programs to motivate and retain them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research & Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in Panama City, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in Panama City, FL

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Stability and professional peers. Cutting edge technology work and research.

    Cons

    Achievement was not tied to promotion. Too political.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ambitious people need not apply

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Panama City, FL

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    - Government benefits are well-known to be [currently] pretty solid.
    - Working more than 40 hours a week is always compensated with time off or overtime pay
    - Flexible work schedule.
    - People are generally nice and sociable, almost to a fault.
    - Can't lose your job no matter how lazy or incompetent you are.

    Cons

    - Unfair compensation where it will take a recent graduate with a BS 5 years to reach the starting salary of someone starting with 1 year experience.
    - No opportunity to step-up and lead until you've spent ample time in each grade, no matter how qualified
    - Ridiculous lag between ideas, funding, and execution results in missed opportunities
    - Spend more time handling beurocracy, process, and paperwork than doing any beneficial work
    - Poor communication throughout the organization as to what is happening and what needs to be done.
    - Takes months to get access to tools (such as MATLAB, AutoCad, multimeters, etc) that should be readily available to all, always

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide quick and easy access to tools mandatory for any engineer. Quit following and creating process for the sake of process, and question any requirement that creates more paperwork than results. Provide recognition or incentive for standout employees to work hard and achieve, rather than making them immediately turn to the private sector. Sorry, but pointing out the civic importance of your work is going to convince few highly qualified people to stick this out.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome pay. Didn't learn much.

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    Former Employee - Student Trainee in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Student Trainee in Corona, CA

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Great pay for interns
    Extremely laid back
    Management gives awards
    Great community and family picnics
    Gym to workout
    Supporting the US Navy!
    Get bonuses
    Salary always increases as the cost of living increases

    Cons

    Extremely boring at times. I felt like I was stealing tax payers money.
    People are extremely old, boring, and nerdy
    Sit at a cubicle all day
    I would not live in Corona

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very bad experience working at NSWC-IH.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Indian Head, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indian Head, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Government benefits are pretty good

    Job security

    Cons

    Extreme bureaucracy

    Poorly maintained facilities

    Very few good scientists, engineers, technicians, & admin personnel

    Certain Departments/Branches:
    1. Bad Engineering/Management/Business Practices
    2. No/low funding for research
    3. Run some of the most absurd Defense programs
    4. Many idle and meddlesome workers
    5. Earwigging is commonplace

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting job, needs more mid-level advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    - Many different departments/project areas
     - Flexible work schedule
     - Easy to switch positions once working here
     - Good benefits package

    Cons

    - Lacking promotions for mid-level employees with 3-10 years work experience
     - Too much inefficiency caused by bureaucratic red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As current employees directly for feedback regarding promotions, work assignments, and training programs. Too many issues are caused by lack of feedback between the policy makers and the people who must follow these policies in everyday work.

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