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US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
2,457 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great work. Teamwork and steady job.

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    Former Employee - Gunnery Sergeant E7 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Gunnery Sergeant E7 in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very professional job. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    I can think of nothing that would be a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worlds finest

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Jacksonville, NC
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Jacksonville, NC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Working in a feild I love with amazing people.

    Cons

    The Obama Administration! I think the moral decline of the the country hurts the USMC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I have worked for the USMC for 15 years, 4 enlisted and 11 officer.

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    Current Employee - USMC Naval Aviator in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - USMC Naval Aviator in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Job Security, there will aways be a need for us.
    Good Pay, we get steady increases as we progress and get tax free housing allowances
    Worthwhile work

    Cons

    Deployments and time away from family gets old real quick.
    Uncertainty of where you'll end up next
    Long hours without an increase in compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More say in follow on assignments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Captain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Experience and Responsibility are rapid. Compenstaion and Benefits.

    Cons

    24/7 Commitment. Promotion is based off time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    I loved the Marine Corps

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    Former Employee - 0621 in Twentynine Palms, CA
    Former Employee - 0621 in Twentynine Palms, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Getting paid to hang out with your friends and blow things up.

    Cons

    having to be so proper all the time. Even outside of work you must be a perfect little marine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember junior enlisted are on your side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I have loved serving 20 years for my country and fellow Marines.

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    Current Employee - Marine in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Marine in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    There are so many pros to list. It all depends on what you are looking for, Talk to a recruiter for more information.

    Cons

    The cons are different for everybody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your Marines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Aircraft Mechanics

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    Former Employee - Airframe Technician in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Airframe Technician in Jacksonville, NC

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    The best thing about working as a maintenance mechanic in the Marine Corps is that you do not need experience beforehand. They teach you EVERYTHING and give you experience that will last your entire lifetime, whether you stay in or move on (like I did). Plus, there is always room for advancement.

    As a helicopter mechanic on CH53E's, I learned about hydraulics, fabrication, reading diagrams, general maintenance, repair & replacement, procurement, HAZMAT handling, attention to detail, and the TRUE meaning of teamwork. Almost all of these skills are transferable anywhere you go in life.

    Now that I am out of the Marines, I see how difficult it is to get a job in position where you have no experience. The military gives you a LOT to work with and I am SOOOOOOO happy I joined. Cuz now I get college for FREEEEEE.

    Cons

    You get dirty. REAL dirty. One day, I remember replacing an exhaust chamber (which is bigger than my body) and when I finally finished with 2 other teammates, I was covered in black exhaust from head to toe....literally. But honestly, you get used to it quick and it doesnt phase you.

    Seniority is HUGE in the military. If your a new guy (aka: boot, nugget, dumbas), you get stuck doing all the little things that nobody enjoys doing. Cleaning up the shop, cleaning up tools, cleaning around the squadron.....you pretty much do a lot of cleaning. You also get yelled at because your new and dont know what your doing. But you never get physically abused, so there is nothing to worry about unless your a gentle little flower, in which case you should NOT join the military....especially Marines. But once you pick up some seniority or rank, things get a little easier. I picked up Sergeant within my 5 year contract. But when you pick up seniority, guess who gets blamed when things go wrong.... NOT THE NEW GUY lol.

    Another thing that suck is the hours as an aircraft mechanic. The day starts at 7am sharp and goes until about 4-5pm. But that 7am thing is when maintenance starts. There are a lot of pre-ops (pre- operations) of the things youll be using that day, like things called Jennys, NC10s, cranials, and hydraulic pumps. So getting there at 6 is more like it. On top of that, our squadron would usually PT (exercise) 3 days a week, monday, wednesday, and friday, in which PT starts at 5 sharp. So you can see how its not unusual for days to be 12 hours long.......and there is no such that as overtime in the military because they OWN you lol.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly cant think of anything negative to say about management. I truly felt as though everybody I worked with genuinely cared about me and wanted the best. Ok, ok, at the end of the day, we would have a passdown, or debrief for about 15 minutes to discuss different issues. I felt as though there was more negativity than positivity in these meetings, which can be unmotivated after people put in a full days work. There needs to be positivity training or something.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Airframe Mechanic in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Airframe Mechanic in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Money is ok but not the best.

    Cons

    Sucks really bad and makes you depressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't do it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun, but not what is expected.

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    Builds a person up. I did 2 deployments to Afghanistan and did over 4 years in the service.

    It is a great way to get free school afterwards.

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes does not recognize when Marines are having low points in morale.
    Also they don't recoginze how important family is when it comes to a Marines mental state.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great choice to pick, when it comes to discipline and hardworking.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Chief in Camp Pendleton, CA

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    The Marine Corps is a great place to develop the men and women into great leaders, discipline, comeradie, well behaved, intelligent, and hardworking personnel. The skills that you learn from the Marine Corps schools and the attitude that develops while in the Marine Corps helps an individual grow into a better person.

    Cons

    There is dissatisfaction when upper level leadership plays favorites and don't promote those individuals who deserve it more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should take a long look in who is more qualified than play favorites in their units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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