Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Simply stated, I loved my job

    Cons

    An inspector on nuclear submarines in the subsafe world must be right. There is no room for errows!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when I was a QUALITY ASSURANCE INSPECTOR ON SUBMARINES THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR ERROWS. WHO WANTS TIME OFF?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shipyard is a great place to work if you are okay with never leaving the area of Hampton Roads

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere of the shipyard is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    For engineers the compensation is low compared to other places of work. The area is also not great for work or living.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nuc Engineer

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, just out of college and the structured promotion schedule is nice since you know where you'll be salary-wise in the future and not have to request a raise

    Cons

    Seems to be a who you know environment where more qualified people are overlooked for projects instead choosing their friends, though you'll find this in many industries.
    Pay is based on time in the shipyard, not merit based, so there are people doing less work getting paid more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better at tasking employees and don't micro-manage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Nuclear Propulsion Plant Planner School

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very difficult school esp if your non nuc. You learn both sides of ship and subs so be prepared to learn ALOT.

    Cons

    non really, I really enjoyed the school

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    It wasn't for me

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    Former Employee - Inside Machinist in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Machinist in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good for VA, you can start out making $17+ per hour with no previous experience. Great advancement for women who don't mind flirting and/or being promiscuous. Some supervisors are really cool and make the day go by faster.

    Cons

    Hard to get advancement as a man unless I kiss... or get on my knees. There are a lot of grievances filed for people feeling they were discriminated against. You will quickly learn that the men are the gossipers here, and everyone will know all of your business before you know it. There are a lot of family members here who only look out for their family and could care less if it's morally wrong for them to get a promotion even though you are clearly more qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people with the skill, and not based on sex, looks, or family members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great work environment and great people

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime if wanted.

    Cons

    Poor facilities - parking, bathrooms, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable federal job for the employee

    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Stable Job
    -Most coworkers are friendly and pleasant people to work with
    -Great job if you are content with getting a decent paycheck for a lackluster job

    Cons

    -Shift Work
    -No good balance of work pace, either extremely busy or extremely bored
    -Work is not challenging or interesting
    -Standardized federal pay scale does not allow for you to be compensated for hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Help change the culture to better fit the future of the shipyard

  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience seeing places, meeting new people.

    Cons

    Working with an established mind set that is hard to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send your engineers to the waterfront. Award good behavior and punish bad behavior.

    Neutral Outlook
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    It's an internship

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    Former Employee - Engineering Aid in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Aid in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay wasn't terrible. But it was nice to get a clearance I felt like a valued employee there, the people were great.

    Cons

    The work I had to do was rather easy and not challenging enough. The pay wasn't all that much compared to other companies, granted this is the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More challenging work, but nonetheless still did a great job.

    Recommends
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    Challenging and rewarding, knowing that what you do provides the most battl- ready vessel in the world.

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Test Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Test Engineer in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits.Rapid advancement,

    Cons

    No real cons. One issue is you can not carry a phone with a camera for security reasons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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