US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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US Marine Corps Commandant Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
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Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 64 reviews)

  • Some great opportunities to see the world (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • Being away from family on some holidays (in 149 reviews)

  • Long hours or hurrying up to wait (in 256 reviews)

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  1. Proud to be one of the "Few and the Proud"

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    Current Employee - U S M C Recruiter in Centralia, IL
    Current Employee - U S M C Recruiter in Centralia, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are limitless opportunities availible in the Marines. Whether it be getting job skills for the future, or college opportunities, a chance to gain leadership experience, the list could go on forever! The leadership in front of you has "been there and done that", so you know that when you have to do something they aren't just telling you to do something they wouldn't think of doing. The senior leadership in DC cares for the lowest man just as much as the supervisor just in front of him. When outperforming your peers, you are rewarded for it in the means of promotions and subsequent pay raises. Overall a great organization to work for.

    Cons

    If you are planning on making a career out of the Marines then at some point you will have to move. This means packing up your family and all of your belongings and moving across the nation or possibly overseas. To some this may not be a downside for those that like to travel that is. Depending on the work tempo family time may be severely outweighed by time at work, this is usually balanced out by extra "long weekends" and time off. This is, however, not always the case. Upon sucessful completion of a job or "mission" there isn't always that reassuring "pat on the back" or "good job" which sometimes helps provide the motivation to keep rolling to the next task.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on, we've been successful in everything we do for the past 232 years. If it ain't broke don't fix it!


  2. USMC - Semper Fidelis

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    Former Employee - Sergeant; Receiving Supply Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Sergeant; Receiving Supply Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to serve your country, and you get to wear the title that only a select few have worn. It's something that you will carry through the rest of your life.

    Cons

    It's hard work. You will be expected, and demanded, to put 110% into everything you do.

    Advice to Management

    Stay motivated, and love what you do.


  3. It's not going to be easy, but it's worth all the trouble.

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    Former Employee - Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Former Employee - Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you buy into the system and understand that your sacrifices now will pay off later, you'll find the whole experience very rewarding. There are a lot cold, lonely and miserable nights which an wear on anyones psyche. You just have to keep the faith and remember why you chose to join. When you walk away from it, you will be amazed at how much you miss and cherish. It's an honor that very few people have and it's an honor that no one can take away from you. It's only four years, suck it up.

    Cons

    It takes you away from family and friends. It's not the regular 9-5, that you get to leave on Friday. It's a lifestyle choice that will invade every part of your life. It can be overwhelming at times. Oh, and there is that little part about going to places where people are trying to kill you.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate who you are keeping in and find out what makes the best Marines get out. Address their gripes and try to focus on keeping them in.


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  5. Proud to serve

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    Current Employee - Judge Advocate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Judge Advocate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Service to your country. Membership in the most elite fighting force in the world. Opportunites abound for leadership development, advanced education etc.

    Cons

    Deployments to combat zones. Family separations. Have to move to new location every 2 or three years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep folks informed.


  6. The Best of the Best

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    Former Employee - Field Artillery Officer in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Field Artillery Officer in Jacksonville, NC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Marine Corps is a grat orgination to develop your leadership skills. No entry level job entails thew junior officer with so much responsibilty. The training can be world class. After completing missions in the Marines, you can complete anything that the civilian world would likely throw at you. Senior leaders generally care about their subordinates. There is no greater honor than service to your country.

    Cons

    Deployments can be long and tough on family life. You can feel like a warm body at times. Some equipment needs repairing after years of over use in Iraq. Sometimes training doesn't match the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Marines. Know the enemy. Prepare for the worst. Have realistic training.


  7. Marine Corps, Not for everyone but for those that take the challenge...boy! What a ride

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    Current Employee - Information Assurance Chief in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Information Assurance Chief in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The pride, leadership development and the challenge of working for an elite service known as the 911 of the world. The Marine Corps prides itself on living by a code of ethics. Leaders are expected to epitomize the (14) leadership traits, i.e. Justice, judgement, dependability, integrity, decisiveness, tact, initiative, endurance, bearing, unselfishness etc. Also, the Marine Corps tells you what you need to be successful. There is no guess work. Marines are expected to meet physical fitness requirements, know yourself and seek improvement through education etc.

    Cons

    None. Most issues are personality driven and not a reflection of the Corps.

    Advice to Management

    Respect goes both ways. Listen to those that support you


  8. USMC

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    Former Employee - Captain in Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Captain in Quantico, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Espirt de corps, camaraderie, serving your Nation. This Band of Brothers is the first to fight and second to none. Excellent promotion opportunities, based on merit and not where you went to school or where you grew up.

    Cons

    Deployments, time away from home, long hours, oftentimes dangerous work conditions. With the deployment cycle in today's military, one has to join the Marine Corps knowing that many arduous and difficult overseas assignments await. However, as President Reagan said, "Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don't have that problem."

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the troops and take their feedback.


  9. Need a challenge-the Marines has your ticket.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Judge Advocate in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Judge Advocate in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Diverse and challenging work for an oustanding organization. The type of work performed is typically challenging but always at a fast pace. As an Officer, you will be bestowed with special trust and confidence to lead by example and make the right decision. The screening process is decent at weeding out those that do not do well in demanding and stressful situations - but in the end it is up to the individual to accomplish their mission. A driven and grounded individual is best suited for the gig.

    Cons

    Mandatory moves every few years with little control over direction of career

    Advice to Management

    Semper Fi!


  10. The Marine Corps lives up to the hype

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    Former Employee - Supply Marine in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Marine in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Marine Corps provides great training and the ability to travel the world. The education benefits can't be beat. You also get to be around people from all walks of life which gives you a different perspective on other areas of the country as well as the world.

    Cons

    The military is a very high stress enviornment and can takes its toll on families. The family life can suffer because of long deployments. Many young Marines who marry to quickly find out that everything may be great while on station but rough once the deployments begin.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that young Marines coming in are mentored properly by their NCO's. This is usually the time where they can get into the wrong types of things.


  11. The Few and the Proud = A rewarding and challenging career

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    Current Employee - 03 E - Marines - Captain in Beaufort, SC
    Current Employee - 03 E - Marines - Captain in Beaufort, SC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The opportunity to serve your country is truly the most rewarding portion of being a Marine. The myriad of leadership opportunities, billets, skills, and responsibilities you are exposed to as a Marine Officer prevents boredom and fosters professional growth. The opportunity to work with others that share the same passion for service and their country is invigorating. The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Extended time away from the family, constant turnover of leadership and personnel, cookie cutter approach to promotions (One size fits all for officers). No chance for promotion ahead of peers based on performance. Seniority rather than performance or ability dictate promotion. A senior officer with average performance and average ability will get promoted before a junior officer with superior performance and superior ability.

    Advice to Management

    Learn and adhere to the published directives/regulations. This would vastly improve an already great organization.



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