US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
2,124 Reviews
4.2
2,124 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.  

    USMC review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Officer  in  Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Officer in Oceanside, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging, good growth potential, fulfilling, and security.

    Cons

    demanding, long hours, all inclusion, lifestyle not just a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    prepare for but don't rush to war.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Downsized

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

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time

    Pros

    Learned, lived, and loved the Marine Corps for 15 years......and being average and a little older was asked to retire early. Still get the benefits, but less pay and a LOT less time to plan for a future.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work......A LOT!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experience CAN NOT be replaced with youth. All you do is make a streamlined younger group that doesn't know their jobs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Life changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - United States Marine  in  Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - United States Marine in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    The best training you could ever possibly want

    Cons

    The pay was not comprable to the work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get bettter pay

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    18 Years of Greatness and Some Not So Great

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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

    Great benefits and despite what is said the pay is relative to the civilian world. Travel to places that i would never had dreamed of going to and i don't mean Iraq and Afghanistan. Great support system in place

    Cons

    24/7 work mentality. A place were incompetance can sometimes rise to the top. Certain duty stations have a bad culture or stigma attached to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to offer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Infantry Marine in Camp Pendleton

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infantry Team Leader  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Infantry Team Leader in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    For a young man or woman looking to better themselves and to learn leadership and teamwork skills there is no better organization.

    Cons

    This is more than a job so you are first and foremost a Marine, this can be difficult to balance with your activities outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entrust your juniors with direction then responsibility and then lead by example.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Marine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    pay, food, medical, place to live and deployments

    Cons

    the Corps because you wont miss it but you'll miss the people

  8.  

    Pride

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Beaufort, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Beaufort, SC

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

    Pros

    A reliable paycheck twice a month
    Promotion system that hasn't changed for centuries
    Food, water, shelter, clothes*
    Bases all over the world
    Chicks dig the Marines
    Your choice of training in many different fields by experts
    New people and cultures from all over the world
    30 days paid vacation every year
    Free healthcare (including dental)
    Montgomery GI Bill
    Free college during active duty
    Greatest looking uniforms in the US
    Pride of protecting and fighting for every citizen in the US, regardless of what they think of you and your uniform

    Cons

    Loss of individual action for at least 1-5 years
    Not a diplomacy!
    Must be the indian before you can be a chief
    Tasks often make no sense at your current experience level
    Loss of life and/limb
    Time away from family/friends
    Little food, shelter, water
    Working in environments where people hate you
    Some Americans can't stand you
    Hard life for your wife or future spouse
    Physically demanding
    Mentally demanding
    Danger of burning out early

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These are some of the things that I've noticed in the past five years I've spent with the Marines. I've met some of the greatest people of my life here and have made memories that I will take with me to my grave. You get the brightest lights and the darkest shadows in the Marine Corps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Enlistment in the Marine Corps

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marine Enlisted  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Marine Enlisted in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed employment and health benefits. 30 days of paid vacation earned annually. Advancement opportunities guaranteed if you do what you are told. Worldwide travel opportunities for training and combat. Clothing allowance for uniforms. Increased pay for married Marine. Family Health benefits. Leadership that takes care of its personnel for the most part.

    Cons

    Individual leaders can be immature and self obsessed. Officer and SNCO leaders in senior positions can be detrimental due to archaic mindset. Combat deployments can be dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mission accomplishment is always first. Welfare of the Marines is a concern. Don't waste time on those that will not produce. Process for discharge if an able to correct the deficiencies with 1 to 2 years depending on the problem. Use fitness report system process properly. Award those who are productive with continued service in the Marine Corps, the remainder terminate there service. Just like any corporation would.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging but very rewarding.

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

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

    Pros

    Great was to stay fit and gain valuable management experience as you move up in rank. Lots of travel to exciting places.

    Cons

    Lots of travel for long periods. Not a good fit if you are not an early riser and struggle to take direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hard

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    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay were very satisfying

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what the junior employees are capable of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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