Naval Undersea Warfare Center

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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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  1.  

    Restrictive employment policies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and job security for some.

    Cons

    Restrictive policies concerning employee time and training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Career destroyer for graduates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Newport, RI

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There really isn't anything good about this place anymore. Benefits are the same as private industry, no raises anymore, terrible morale here.

    Cons

    NUWC is still advertised as a Naval Lab rooted in Technology Excellence, which is definitely no longer is. Maybe during the Cold War, but as of 2015 there is no longer any interest in the Navy funding NUWC federal to do technical work. What NUWC likes to do is hire as many engineers as they can fill their quota with, so that they look good, and to justify their existence. Problems have existed here for a long time. Further, in the past 5 years alone, NUWC’s had NMCI pushed on it (which locks down all computers and makes any software development literally a security violation, even if it’s a stand-alone computer), COTS (stands for Customer-Off-The-Shelf, which is an initiative to only procure parts from contractors, meaning you’ll never design or make anything if you work here) and ERP (which makes inventorying parts a complete nightmare, and forget about ordering those COTS parts, it takes an average of 6 months to order a simple network card). The bureaucracy is far, far beyond most government levels of red tape. I really do have the theory that the Navy is planning on phasing this place out and forcing it to close down by pushing out all of the remaining talent with an impossible environment. There really isn’t any other reason it’s gotten this bad that make sense other than that. If you are a new engineer out of school, this is the last place you want to start your career. You will be given no direction, no mentorship, and expected to find your own work and not bother anybody (it’s what I had to do eight years ago when I started, and hasn’t changed). There used to be a few niche programs that were great, but since 2008 funding has run out and those programs don’t exist here anymore. All that’s left is what NUWC calls “Systems Engineering”, which is NOT the Systems Engineering you learn about in school. The Systems Engineering here is simply checking specifications on contractor’s design’s datasheets and copying them into a PowerPoint presentation. Then you spend a full day on a pointless conference call going over all of the specs with other NUWC “engineers” and accomplish nothing in the next year. The people who have good things to say about NUWC are usually people who have interned here, got their first job here, and never left, thinking that this is real engineering, and that the rest of the world is like this place. You’ll get accustomed to this complacent atmosphere, low morale, and you won’t be able to leave because you’ll never usable skills outside of NUWC. If I had the time I would go to job fairs and picket against their booth, warning everybody who came close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Warn interns not to come back, retire, and let the Navy close this place down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    I was harassed, traumatized and bogus criminal investigations were initiated against me for exposing corruption.

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    Current Employee - Auditor in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Auditor in Newport, RI

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want a legitimate reason to retire with a psychiatric disability -- this is the place to work. They will use psychological warfare against you so you appear mentally ill so they can revoke your security clearance and terminate you.

    Cons

    If you are honest and have integrity, you will be targeted for severe retaliation. There are no limits to the methods used to destroy you if you are a truth-teller.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of attacking the messenger, how about attacking the problem(s)? Yet the problem(s) are so broad, you would have to shut down the base as many of the employees should be terminated for failure to comply with laws, regulations and the Constitution of the United States.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    OK place for experience

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not a great place for motivated individuals. People here cannot get fired and know that which makes the productivity and efficiency much less than what it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn to a Meritocracy (Ya right).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Job Security and Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisory Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Supervisory Engineer in Newport, RI

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule allows for family time when needed. Excellent benefits including vacation, holidays, sick time, credit time, travel time, 401K matching, pension, health care.

    Cons

    Promotions take too long to achieve. Employees apply for promotion potential jobs and have to work for several years prior to being promoted. This is the only agency/company that I am aware of that does not promote upon receiving the new job.

    Some of the office buildings are extremely old. Carpeting is worn, windows are drafty, mold growing on the walls, and overall the buildings are dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be automatic after a probationary period (for example 1 year). If the person chosen for the position is not capable of performing the duties of the position after the probationary period is completed they should be removed from the position and return to their previous position or other similar position.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center

    Pros

    view of the bay and good benefits

    Cons

    higher ups that are not educated

  8.  

    Great place to learn about different technologies if you are up to the challenge.

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    Current Employee - Computer Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Computer Engineer in Newport, RI

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

    Pros

    They are " pro" employees educational improvement. They have programs that can pay for your Masters and Phd degrees if your are interested.

    Cons

    Obtaining a promotion as a branch manager or project manager is easier than getting promoted in the technical/scientific/engineer career field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    good starting point for career, but you level off quickly. Not too stressful, if you can manage the system.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newport, RI

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

    Pros

    learned a lot and was exposed to a wide array of life cycle. They also paid for my masters degree and other education without requiring a fixed length of stay.

    Cons

    Little room for promotion and advancement (at least in my code). a ton of the tech is older and the orginization as a whole (including IT/support) is glacial in it's adoption of modern systems. Review process is egnmatic at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your talent with things other than more work. Try to be more agile technologically. make paths to advancement easier for those qualified.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Cool mission, dead-end job

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Newport, RI

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The research and systems that NUWC is supposed to do are awesome: robotics, sonar, scientific computing, etc. On a good day, it's an awesome job.

    Cons

    * The organization is so bureaucratic that the software developers spend far less time actually designing and writing code than at anywhere else I've met.
    * The one thing which made it worth to stay there despite the downsides, job and income security, is gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NUWC no longer is a compelling place for talented software developers to work. You need to fix this, or else you'll lose the organizational ability to make good software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Interesting work at times. Terrible management. Brutal bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI

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

    Pros

    The work, when you have time to do it, is pretty interesting and can be meaningful on the right project. On the rare chance that you get a good manager, it can be a great experience. If you are willing to travel, there are great opportunities to rise up. Benefits, training and stability are second to none, which makes it very hard to leave. You can work as much as pr as little you see fit (at least 40 hours).

    Cons

    Crushing bureaucracy, low morale and terrible management at all levels (project and personnel). A non-trivial amount of time is spent on pointless paperwork and training. Management is indifferent at best and a negative force more often than not. Promotions/raises/bonuses are only somewhat based in reality. Things have rapidly gone downhill in the last 5 years with the introduction of ERP and NMCI along with new procurement rules. There is a massive gap between younger and older employees and it appears as though the current generation is setting up another such gap through their current hiring practices. The generation gap has also led to a large gap between policy and reality, especially in technology in what is supposed to be a cutting edge research facility. There is no real way to deal with underperforming employees and no way to motivate non-self-starters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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