Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to start your career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - General Engineer in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Projects are interesting and fulfilling. The promotion program allows you to get your GS 12 within roughly 3 years. Working here on naval ships has motivated me to take great pride in being an American. The benefits are slightly above average compared to most jobs. Hopefully by the time I retire my pension will still be intact without Congress messing it up. Training is taken seriously and in some cases they will pay for you to take college courses. Work/life balance is decent, you earn about 13 vacation days per year your first three years plus 10 paid holidays.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy does exist! In some instances it will seem unnecessary and time consuming, however that's just the way all government works. If you keep that in mind it can save some unnecessary stress. Management has a tendency to either micromanage the younger employees or not get them involved with projects. Communicating with your boss is key to developing a professional relationship, just like any job. While the pay is good starting off it does plateau after you reach your GS 12. At that point employees either stay or transfer to a different job to increase their pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage communication amongst the young, newer employees. Maybe weekly meetings or something that allows both parties to express themselves. By showing that you are invested in their development gives the impression that you care about them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great benefits and end product satisfaction, poor facilities and culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time

    Pros

    Working collaboratively with so many specialized groups to get Navy ships back to sea is truly rewarding.
    The job security is practically unbeatable, the pay is good, and the paid leave is also good.
    Good experience and training for the resume.

    Cons

    The shipyard is in terrible condition. The buildings seem like they should be condemned.
    The shipyard struggles to better its culture; it seems too much time is spent critiquing items of little importance, moral is generally pretty low, and average employees do not have the desire to better themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I generally have high respect for management. The shipyard has dedicated much effort to encourage employees to better themselves and communicate more effectively, but it just isn't sticking with the majority of employees. It is very challenging to alter employees character. Improvements in the hiring process may be beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    working at norfolk naval shipyard

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nuc Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Nuclear Propulsion Plant Planner School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (less than a 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
  8.  

    It wasn't for me

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Great work environment and great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime if wanted.

    Cons

    Poor facilities - parking, bathrooms, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 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

  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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