Royal Navy
3.5 of 5 32 reviews
www.royal-navy.mod.uk London, United Kingdom

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Updated Apr 8, 2014

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Sir Jonathon Band

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Amazingly varied opportunities with huge responsibilities taken on very early in your career.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Navy

ProsUnpredictability of postings mean that life is always exciting and the team you are with will never be better! Also, you actually do get to see the world.

ConsUnpredictability of postings - can be the worst thing also, especially when you have a family. Promotion is very rigid, especially at Officer level. For the level of responsibility you take on (management, financial, personnel, risk etc) it will never equate to civilian life.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Air Engineering Technician (Former Employee)
Yeovil, England (UK)

I worked at Royal Navy full-time for more than 5 years

ProsTravel opportunities and job satisfaction, when deployed you work hard but the aircraft maintenance side is challenging and enjoyable

ConsCleaning and ceremonial, the amount of time you are taken out of your job to perform menial tasks detracts from the job.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A way of life not just a job

Submarine Service (Current Employee)
Plymouth, England (UK)

I have been working at Royal Navy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent development opportunities, Travel, Good pay

ConsTime away from loved ones, Long hours

Advice to Senior ManagementRe-balance the work/life aspect of the job and less people will consider leaving the sevice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Constantly challenging, deeply fulfilling way of life.

Captain (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Royal Navy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStrong sense of teamwork and belonging. Opportunities to grow and develop. Variety. It is much more than a job, and that is how the team feel sand how you are treated by outsiders.

ConsThe downside of the challenge and variety can be lots of churn and long periods away from families. It is a hard career in your partners.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn all the discussion about ships and shipbuilding, never forget it is all about people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Capability Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Royal Navy full-time for more than a year

ProsAutonomy and accountability, while supported strongly by immediate management

ConsLack of strategic coherence and enablers through political imperatives

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the big decisions not the easy or expedient ones

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Royal Naval life

Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Current Employee)
Plymouth, England (UK)

I have been working at Royal Navy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsComradary, technical training, world travel

ConsOften long working hours, ship borne life less than luxurious

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain the RN as a global force

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No job satisfaction

Royal Navy (Current Employee)
Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

I have been working at Royal Navy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsTravel
Wages
Good times
Somewhat rewarding
Promotion and salaries.
Working your way up the career ladder
Sunbathing in luxury parts of the world.

ConsThere is absolutely no job satisfaction to be had from working in for the navy. All you do everyday is scrub flats and polish them.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake the job more rewarding and get over yourselves. We are not a big navy any more so please stop behaving like we are. And don't look down on your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hard going

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Royal Navy

ProsFascinating work, travel, good experiences and training. Also lots of opportunities for promotion and advancement, as well as good job security.

ConsCan own your life, with short notice deployments whereby you get little control over if you go or stay. Leadership can often be more interested in their own careers, and view you as just another piece in their train set.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Current Employee)
Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

I have been working at Royal Navy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe Pros are Good experience, Good training, Travel, Good social life, Free dental and health care. I would recommend the Navy as a way of gaining life experince and qualifications. If you work hard you will be rewarded.

ConsHeavy workload, Poor work life ballance, Lack of ability to plan life, Poor pay and conditions, Unsociable hours, Not good for family life.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wonderful diversity over a career

Engineer Officer (Former Employee)

I worked at Royal Navy full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent structure, clear lines of sight regarding career progression, marvellous diversity of employment (changing jobs/roles every 2-3 years) while in a structured career path. Great pension, although other benefits may not match up well with commercial sector.

ConsAt times the lack of absolute control over one's destiny in terms of where you work. Separation from family/home can be hard to manage. Financial rewards capped by rigid remuneration package

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget your people as politicians demand more for less.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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