US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
2,212 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 61 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to see the world as you learn great skills for the outside world (in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 147 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 244 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Accelerate your life!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in San Diego, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you can execute orders efficiently in an expeditious and motivated manner 24/7 throughout your enlistment, then you can really fly through the ranks and have outstanding experiences to include unlimited leadership growth, travel, and job/training opportunities.

    Cons

    If you have an issue with orders, authority, or having your personal life publicized, then you may find the experience to be absolutely dreadful. You may find yourself playing the politics game every so often as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's easy to mindlessly bark orders to complete a task when you hold rank over someone, but the best leaders can do this while still maintaining a positive relationship and respectable reputation with their Marines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A wonderful enriching experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Camraderie, Oportunity to Travel, Defend America

    Cons

    Long hours, disagreement with superiors uninspired to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less paper work, more old methods and tactics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience in the USMC was great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at US Marine Corps (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Public Affairs/Media Related jobs are a great career path.

    Cons

    The duty stations at times may not be your top three choices.

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    22 Year Veteran of a highly professional Men & Women

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Battalion Motor Transportation Chief (District Manager) in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Former Employee - Battalion Motor Transportation Chief (District Manager) in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The skills of leadeing Marines gave me the tools that I needed to succeed in the civilian world. It is the best choice I have made in my LIFE!!!

    Cons

    It is not for the light hearted! You have to work hard long weeks and months away from home. You will be the first in the fight against any war that pops up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have been doing great since 1775 so leave it as it is!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is what you make of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - United States Marine in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - United States Marine in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    Education Benefits, Combat Training, Leadership training.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Little Sleep, Grumpiness, Hostile Environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before ordering personnel to do something make sure it is a lawful order, and it is backed with sound reasoning and logic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Information Management Skills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Management Officer in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Information Management Officer in Jacksonville, NC

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Marine Corps has become a very professional organization in terms of their use of information management. These skills are usually manifested in the Information Management / Knowledge Management department.

    Cons

    More needs to be done to convince department heads to involve the IMKM department earlier in a new initiative. Very often, a department has already selected a specific technology and project goals before involving the Information Management / Knowledge Management section.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personal growth is very important to cultivate within junior officers and Marines. Management should consider providing additional training opportunities in this very important area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Quality Assurance in Ordnance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at US Marine Corps (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the how much I learned over 20 yrs. And the closeness that was there with most people kinda like a family.

    Cons

    Its like any other job there are points in your career where you hit a plateau and that is what happen with me and I decided better to get out .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Imagery analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Plenty of room for growth

    Cons

    Most major work has to be done while deployed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Challenging and rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager

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

    Pros

    There is room for promotion at a consistent base, constant travel to see the world, work on many types of projects with national and international cliental. 30 days paid leave a year plus all government recognized holidays off.

    Cons

    Move every 2 to 3 years, not all managers are equipped to be effective managers. Some positions can stop promoting due to size of the job field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more fiscally responsible; ensure fairness of the promotion system sometimes it seems to bias.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The Marine Corps provided me with the foundation for success.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    The USMC instills strict discipline that you will carry with you throughout your life. The USMC is a selfless brotherhood of like-minded people. You develop friendships that you consider family, and you will always consider the people you served with your closest friends.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as work-life balance; the "Institution" does, and always will come first. And dependent upon your JOB (MOS), travel (deployments, training ops, etc.), wears you down physically very quickly (again this is dependent upon your job, but just being a Marine entails extremely physical training and conditioning day in and day out.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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