US Marine Corps Reviews in Camp Pendleton, CA

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
2,131 Reviews
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
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Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 52 reviews)

  • You get to travel, see the world and get aquainted with other people of the world (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to spend time away from family in both deployed and non-deployed enviroments (in 127 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 220 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marine Officer

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    Former Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You are put in positions of responsibility right away. Expect to ask questions of your peers who are slightly senior. Remember to trust your enlisted leaders and give them responsibilities.

    Cons

    The officers and leaders you see on TV, in movies, and meet at TBS are not all over the fleet. Get ready to meet bad leaders here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those leaders who are selfish need to be identified and weeded out. Find those officers who are kissing butts and remove them because they care more about their career than their Marines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Enlistment in the Marine Corps

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    Current Employee - Marine Enlisted  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Marine Enlisted in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Guaranteed employment and health benefits. 30 days of paid vacation earned annually. Advancement opportunities guaranteed if you do what you are told. Worldwide travel opportunities for training and combat. Clothing allowance for uniforms. Increased pay for married Marine. Family Health benefits. Leadership that takes care of its personnel for the most part.

    Cons

    Individual leaders can be immature and self obsessed. Officer and SNCO leaders in senior positions can be detrimental due to archaic mindset. Combat deployments can be dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mission accomplishment is always first. Welfare of the Marines is a concern. Don't waste time on those that will not produce. Process for discharge if an able to correct the deficiencies with 1 to 2 years depending on the problem. Use fitness report system process properly. Award those who are productive with continued service in the Marine Corps, the remainder terminate there service. Just like any corporation would.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Infantry Marine in Camp Pendleton

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    Current Employee - Infantry Team Leader  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Infantry Team Leader in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For a young man or woman looking to better themselves and to learn leadership and teamwork skills there is no better organization.

    Cons

    This is more than a job so you are first and foremost a Marine, this can be difficult to balance with your activities outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entrust your juniors with direction then responsibility and then lead by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It is what you make of it!

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    Current Employee - Operations Chief  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You will get far more out if it than you will put into it. However the amount you get out is proportional to the amount you put in. You can either learn a trade or learn a skill like artillery, tanks, infantry or AAV's and be a unique practitioner of the most sacred military arts. Pay is decent and gets better with rank. Travel opportunities are vast IF you decide to chase them. Loads of responsibility at a young age.

    Cons

    Promotions are not merit based but time based. Work incentive disappears for many high ranking personnel. Sucking up and office politics are far too common. You will have to work with very unintelligent people. Sometimes the guy in charge is a moron. Right now the training focus is not on combat but on being politically correct which is a huge morale killer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the mission. Fighting wars. Everything else should be forgotten and left behind. No one is going to care about how many safety stand downs we did when the next Great War happens. Fight for pay raises for junior troops. They make pennies on the dollar.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The best and worst four years of my life

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    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will live a the kind of exiting life that other people could only dream about. You will have a sense of brotherhood, (even if you are a woman) beyond anything the normal world can offer you.

    Cons

    Nobody, and I mean nobody will take your military experience as legitimate in the real world. Its a hard reality, but true. I recommend capitalizing on your GI bill early on, regardless if it is a career or not. I spent four years in college, after the Marine Corp, simply learning to translate three letter acronyms into workable business definitions: I.E. (SITREP = SWOT analysis)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your transition assistance program seriously. Right now, its a joke. Veterans 18-24 (first contract Marines) have a 30% unemployment rate, simply because you people don't know how to do your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    An experience you cant get anywhere else.

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    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Camaraderie, combat, travel, discipline, life experience, honor, being a part of something bigger than yourself and never have to worry about making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    combat, stress, more stress, advanced body wear and tear, dealing with bad leadership from time to time, being a slave to an organization or individuals outside of the Marine Corps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you know to be right, not politically correct.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Life changing experience.

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    Current Employee - Data Network Specialist  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Data Network Specialist in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are great advancement potential. You are able to learn a lot in the career you want to pursue.

    Cons

    Deployments aren't the best. Being away from home for 7 months is a huge con for this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your junior marines. Sometimes they have great ideas. Do more fun days with your sections.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Benefits, Satisfying Work Experience, Great Future

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    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Health, Dental and Educational benefits, great work stability, job security, excellent travel opportunities and amazing people

    Cons

    Possible lag in upward mobility in certain fields, inflexible management, high risk, high stress, high physical and mental demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure to address personnel issues in a reasonable manner and quick to remove personnel instead. Management is more reactive than proactive. Personnel is expendable, job mission has priority. Lack of focus on overall personnel satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hard

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    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits and pay were very satisfying

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what the junior employees are capable of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Flexible hours, holiday time off, and health benefits.

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    Former Employee - Office Automation Assistant  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Office Automation Assistant in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best thing I like about working for the Marine Corps is that I feel like I am still a Marine. I get to be close to the comradre, and also get to work with hard working civilians.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this section. However I have to write a sentence in order to get this review approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has always been excellent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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