US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
2,078 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I learned how to not only lead, but how to work until everything is completed and give my all to everything that's given

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic  in  Fort Dix, NJ
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Fort Dix, NJ

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

    Pros

    I made some great and special brothers and sisters and I wouldn't take that back for anything. Also got to travel a lot and see the world while serving my Country!

    Cons

    Its tough to always be on the move and live out of a sea bag . Not everyone knows how to lead and handle power. It can lead to bad things and units can split because of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to help the Veterans faster and not leave anyone behind for ANYTHING! Need more opinions for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The best experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and you can travel

    Cons

    Long hours and pay isn't that great in the beginning unless your married

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very rewarding after all the hard work.

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    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Once in a lifetime experience

    Cons

    Time away from family,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A lasting experience where you know you made a difference, you become an all around better quality individual.

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    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal  in  Beaufort, SC
    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Beaufort, SC

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

    Pros

    Get holidays off with occasional duty; excellent unmatched benefits, promotions will come as long as your in standards and performing.

    Cons

    Work life balance; leadership varies, there are times that you will be under the supervision of someone that "hides behind their rank" or should not be in the position they are in but there is good leaders too; values are the best unless your leadership doesn't believe in them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Know Yourself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Job Security and skills are invaluable. For new service members the opportunities are endless. Marines who use their spare time wisely can leave prepared for a lot of quality civilian opportunities.

    Cons

    Adjusting to the culture is difficult. You must adapt quickly because for some a mentor is not available. Certain leaders are not prepared to lead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide new member with like minded mentors who are successful. Leaders must understand work styles provide environments primarily filled with encouragement rather than chastisement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing Experiences in Horrible Places

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Amazing and unique experiences. The ability to work with amazing people and make life long friends. Defend freedom. Travel to places no one wants to go to.

    Cons

    Slow promotions. Work inhuman hours. Your career will be a selection of the 3rd or 4th thing you want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on performance, not simply time in grade. Create a billet allocation/slating process to maximize value to the service-member not simply the "needs of the Marine Corps" (which means you are getting hosed).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Got to travel the world.

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    Former Employee - Logistics Chief  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Logistics Chief in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Free travel of the world
    Job stability( not a lot of layoff)
    Room for advancements
    Leadership opportunities at a early stage in career

    Cons

    A lot of time away from family.
    Forced to move every few years at discretion or needs of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the efforts of your juniors and they will reward to more than you could ever imagine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best thing I ever did.

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    Current Employee - 6124  in  Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - 6124 in Oceanside, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good team environment that allowed me to pick up a lot of different skills.

    Cons

    The time spent away from family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    A fantastic organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Judge Advocate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Judge Advocate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent job satisfaction and outstanding camaraderie with the people you work with. Every is extremely dedicated to the mission and are eager to "get to yes" to make things happen.

    Cons

    You do not control all aspects of your life and have to adhere to a greater level of discipline than the rest of the world. However, if you are attracted to the Marines in the first place, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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