US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
2,110 Reviews
4.2
2,110 Reviews
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
General James F. Amos
989 Ratings

Review Highlights

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  

    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
  2.  

    The best job for my personality

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    Former Employee - Logistics Officer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Officer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    cut to the chase, get it done

    Cons

    politics exist in all areas. checking the right boxes are required.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, make friends for life.

    Cons

    Constant relocation, stress on family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OOHRAH

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    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant  in  Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    You are a friggen Marine!!!! That's enough for me!!!

    Cons

    family time is limited and I wish the pay was better, but it is what it is! No big deal, I was happy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Semper Fi and carry on Devil Dogs

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work with great people and Marines

    Cons

    Sometimes there is micromanagement with the higher staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Institution ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time

    Pros

    It give you all the tools necessary to succeed in life. Promotions are based on productivity most of the times. Time- off is better compare to most jobs unless to you are on special duty assignments or deploy. You get 30 days of leave pay and 2-3 days off for every holiday.

    Cons

    The only cons that I would considered is sometimes you spent time away from home, because of training or deployments. You don't get overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    United States Marine Corps

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Exceptional Skill establishment and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    very high operational tempo, and time needed away from family

  9.  

    Life-Changing

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    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk  in  M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

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

    Pros

    You get a sense of belonging, and of purpose. Even in the lower ranks, you have a great deal of responsibility. The consequences of your actions are realized immediately.

    Cons

    It's pretty intense, but what else would you expect from the best fighting force in the world?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An uneducated kid turned a 6 year contract into a successful, military career.

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    Former Employee - U S Marine  in  Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - U S Marine in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the camaraderie and the constant exposure to new things. I didn't have to worry about being in one place for too long and wasn't constrained by my designated job. As a Marine you're expected to get the job done and you'll develop skills you never dreamed of.

    Cons

    Constant change. Also as you work through the ranks, you'll have to learn to deal with "office politics", just like any other civilian organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your subordinates the opportunity to expand but if they fail to hit the mark, don't consider them a failure. Pick them up, dust them off and show them what the did wrong. On the other hand, when a subordinate knowingly fails to follow a procedure, rule or regulation...never let them get away with it. Mistakes happen, willful disobedience is unacceptable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    USMC

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging career and unlimited personal growth. I was able to achieve the rank of GySgt (E-7) in less than 8 years and MSgt (E-8) right at 12 years.

    Cons

    A lot of time away from family

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