US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
2,106 Reviews
4.2
2,106 Reviews
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
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986 Ratings

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.  

    An experience you cant get anywhere else.

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

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie, combat, travel, discipline, life experience, honor, being a part of something bigger than yourself and never have to worry about making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    combat, stress, more stress, advanced body wear and tear, dealing with bad leadership from time to time, being a slave to an organization or individuals outside of the Marine Corps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you know to be right, not politically correct.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It has been a great expierience and the structure is good

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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 8 years

    Pros

    structure is good and your always told what to do

    Cons

    hours and family time they only care about mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem.

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, great experience, education benefits.

    Cons

    Work-life balance while deployed, currently down-sizing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome career building and training skill sets.

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    Former Employee - Career Planner  in  Parris Island, SC
    Former Employee - Career Planner in Parris Island, SC

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

    Pros

    Job security and travel. Ability to work with a tight nit group and a multi-ethnic demographic.Awesome career building and training skill sets.Growth potential and maturity are fostered as is education and leadership skills.

    Cons

    Some time away from friends and family. Having to deal with stressful and sometimes violent situations. My be required to move to places not so populated or desired. Growth potential and maturity are the outcome of this con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the quality of life programs and revitalize the perks of being a military member through the on base activities and recreation support functions. Do not allow cuts to erode the outdoor rec/on base marinas and rental perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Continuous challenge, highly structured speciality paths, great access to mentors who will guide you through your career

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    Current Employee - O4 - Marines - Major  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - O4 - Marines - Major in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Corps makes indoctrination a priority, you will generally be working with aggressive, driven people who want to succeed. Promotions are generally merit based.

    Cons

    Huge time demands (long working hours and travel), even when not deployed overseas. Can be very challenging on families and the extended support network.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider alternatives to the officer/enlisted hierarchy, a college degree doesn't always prepare young officers for leadership. Review models used by other countries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Life changing experience.

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    Current Employee - Data Network Specialist  in  Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Data Network Specialist in Camp Pendleton, CA

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

    Pros

    There are great advancement potential. You are able to learn a lot in the career you want to pursue.

    Cons

    Deployments aren't the best. Being away from home for 7 months is a huge con for this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your junior marines. Sometimes they have great ideas. Do more fun days with your sections.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  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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