US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
2,124 Reviews
4.2
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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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  1.  

    Enlistment in the Marine Corps

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    • 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
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    Pride

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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.

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    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

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  5.  

    Challenging but very rewarding.

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    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.

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  6.  

    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 5 years

    Pros

    Work with great people and Marines

    Cons

    Sometimes there is micromanagement with the higher staff

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Institution ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time

    Pros

    It give you all the tools necessary to succeed in life. Promotions are based on productivity most of the times. Time- off is better compare to most jobs unless to you are on special duty assignments or deploy. You get 30 days of leave pay and 2-3 days off for every holiday.

    Cons

    The only cons that I would considered is sometimes you spent time away from home, because of training or deployments. You don't get overtime.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    The best job for my personality

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Officer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Officer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    cut to the chase, get it done

    Cons

    politics exist in all areas. checking the right boxes are required.

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  9.  

    Outstanding.

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, make friends for life.

    Cons

    Constant relocation, stress on family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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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  11.  

    Life-Changing

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk  in  M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

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

    Pros

    You get a sense of belonging, and of purpose. Even in the lower ranks, you have a great deal of responsibility. The consequences of your actions are realized immediately.

    Cons

    It's pretty intense, but what else would you expect from the best fighting force in the world?

    Recommends
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