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US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
2,571 Reviews
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 64 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to see the world as you learn great skills for the outside world (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 149 reviews)

  • You have to be prepared to work very long hours; it is truly a "service" to your country (in 256 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very beneficial experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to join the Marine Corps is the challenge, opportunities to succeed based on your performance, and opportunities to impact the lives of others. Service in any branch of service offers numerous benefits, the best benefit is the pride of serving your country.

    Cons

    Being a Marine requires sacrifice...physically, mentally, and from your family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Marine Corps should focus more on professionalizing military occupations, providing members with civilian equivalent certifications and minority mentorship in the officer community. The current focus is on recruiting, but should be shifted toward retention and mentorship. More minority officers should be remaining on active duty and getting promoted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    The Marine Corps is an amazing place to work.It was my first job and I loved the experience i got from it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Twentynine Palms, CA
    Current Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Twentynine Palms, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits including $4,500 awarded annually for college
    -Free Medical
    -Free Housing
    -Excellent Vacation time(2.5 days per month)
    -Free Meals
    -Excellent programs to benefit personal and work life

    Cons

    -Depending on MOS,, its possible to be stationed far from home
    -Need to be able to hold ones composure among relevant tasks
    -Higher ups may be younger than you if you didn't join out of highschool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe a tighter budget for units. I believe the way it is now some organizations view it as trivial.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's what you make of it

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits, it's easy to find information about your job

    Cons

    Lack of personal freedom at times, lots of hours, sometimes working in harsh environments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The opportunity of a lifetime.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electro-Optics 2171 in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Electro-Optics 2171 in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    Travel, Excitement, Brotherhood, Commitment, Honor, Strength, Way of Life, Knowledge, Companionship, Trust, Wisdom, Enthusiasm, Conflict, Resolution, Fear of the Unknown, Challenge, Support, Friendship, Discipline, Security, Passion. Many more.

    Cons

    Separation from family can be taxing and difficult especially for new relationships where expectations are let down due to the nature of military service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add attention to the emotional intelligence of members by making that an included training benchmark.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Best organization in the world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Superb leadership
    -Character building experience
    -Positions of trust at the lowest levels; if you want to be responsible for yourself and everyone/everything around you then the Marine Corps is the place for you.

    Cons

    -Time away from family/friends
    -It's no rose garden

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great company with a great history and room to grow.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Former Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Lejeune, NC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and a high ceiling to grow and move up the ladder if you work hard.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to deal with hard long hours or working in unfavorable conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the feedback from the junior Marines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    MP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Great Great Great Great

    Cons

    None None None None None

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to find motivation, and figure out what what you want to do with your new found grit to get things done, whether in a 20+ year career, or to transition back into the the civilian workforce. The Post 911 GI Bill is a great resource for those who want it.

    Cons

    Things that sound fun, like going to the rifle range for instance, are not fun. Sometimes being at work at 3 in the morning and leaving at 10 at night can be too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very solid and rewarding career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefit are very good. The pay is competitive and gets much better after a few years. You get to lots of international travel opportunities.

    Cons

    The deployments come often and make it very tough to have quality family time. The physical fitness is challenging and tough to maintain later in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wouldn't change anything with this branch of the service. It offers a 911 ability that no one else can come close to matching.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    OORAH!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Cherry Point, NC
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Cherry Point, NC

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Job security, decent pay, good benefits. Always get paid regardless of hours/days worked. You're taken care of. You work with your "brothers" not partners or colleagues.

    Cons

    You may not always like or understand what you are commanded to do, but there's always a good reason behind it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Marines are Marines because we don't question management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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