US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
2,106 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  

    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
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    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

  3.  

    The best years of my life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Travel was a beautiful thing, with steady promotion and great co workers.

    Cons

    Long periods of time ( 6 plus months) away from your love ones.

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    Its a ride!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time

    Pros

    Brotherhood, good benefits. It will be whatever you make of it.

    Cons

    There will be hard times but you will grow from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the opinions of the junior guys

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Long, but worth it.

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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 10 years

    Pros

    Stability and stepping stone to a career later in life

    Cons

    Leadership quality and attitudes of senior leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Infantry

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    It's a lifelong change. Once you've been an infantryman you will feel pride forever. You will always be challenged. Housing and food are provided.

    Cons

    This job is you're life while you are in. It can be incredibly hard on your body (your knees and/or back will never be the same). You get yelled at on a daily basis.

  8.  

    Good start to your life

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    Former Employee - 0341  in  Camp Lejeune, NC
    Former Employee - 0341 in Camp Lejeune, NC

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

    Pros

    Brotherhood, discipline, life-changing and will turn you into a mature adult if you let it.

    Cons

    away from home all the time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The US Marine Corps looks out for Marines and their families.

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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 10 years

    Pros

    Steady Income, promotions always happen, constant chances at a leadership role. The Marine Corps has the Tuition Assistance program. You can get your degree while doing your work everyday.

    Cons

    Everybody is not their own person. Like a lot of other jobs, you are never really satisfied until you go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to let the upper management know that the lower ranks have good ideas, too. If more people didn't throw around a lot of different ideas, it would make the mission go more smoothly. Be open to listening to ideas.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Tip of the spear, Semper Fi, Hoorah

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    Current Employee - Flight Equipment Technician  in  Yuma, AZ
    Current Employee - Flight Equipment Technician in Yuma, AZ

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to work with Marines all day! Money is good if you don't go out and buy a car you can't afford. 30 days of leave a year, 'rah. Learn how to be a leader, gain experience in a specific job field, and best of all a lifetime of knowing you are a Marine.

    Cons

    Can deploy just about anywhere, leaving behind family sucks. Aviation side, 12+ hour days/nights are the norm. Dealing with the bureaucratic nonsense is frustrating.

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    I fulfilled various billets in my 5 year term and would do it all over again.

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    Former Employee - Infantry Squad Leader  in  Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Infantry Squad Leader in Oceanside, CA

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

    Pros

    plenty of room for growth, travel the world, good training, free medical

    Cons

    each unit is different, too many chiefs not enough indians

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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