US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
2,222 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 61 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to see the world as you learn great skills for the outside world (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 148 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 248 reviews)

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  1.  

    Enlightening

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Benefits for health and family, traveltravel

    Cons

    Duty, time away from family

  2.  

    I heard the call...

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    Former Employee - Marine in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Marine in Jacksonville, NC

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

    Pros

    The Marine Corps taught me discipline and the value of freedom and family. I also got most of my degrees completed while on active duty.

    Cons

    after a few service connected disabilities, I was sent on my way to fight the Veterans Administration by myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management isn't happy with their home-life, they shouldn't keep the Marines at work all day and night just because they don't want to go home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    USMC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time

    Pros

    meet some of the best people that i have worked for and worked with.

    Cons

    the government draw downs the wrong people getting out when they should be staying in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Water Support Technician

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    Former Employee - Water Support Technician
    Former Employee - Water Support Technician

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

    Pros

    Great experience, I would recommend every one do it. Great benefits when you get out as well! You can go to college for free after your contract.

    Cons

    Long hours, no over time! Haha. Have to sign a contract. The pay is not all that great but it's more about serving your country then ballin out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience that changed my life, but I would go officer rather than enlisted

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Beaufort, SC
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Beaufort, SC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, tuition help after separation (GI bill, yellow ribbon program), veteran community support, pride of service and belonging, learn discipline, man points for life. When you leave the service, employers value your leadership experience immensely. Once a marine, always a marine - you'll quickly realize that you are part of the world's most elite warrior organization.

    I was lucky to have senior leadership that really cared about my personal and professional development. They look out for you if you look out for them.

    Cons

    Not flexible in terms of assignment locations (can be sent anywhere), unpredictable deployments overseas. If you have a significant other, the lifestyle can really test the strength of your relationship. Also, depending on what your assigned specialty (MOS) is, the skills you learned in service may not be transferable in the civilian world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much bad stuff I can say about senior leadership. You'll meet some good ones and bad ones, it just depends on your luck. You will most likely have several bosses over your 4 to 20+ years in the marines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    High Tempo no excuse environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    There are a lot of benefits. You have a huge sense of pride with everyday accomplishments.

    Cons

    Highly competitive world. Has to be!

  8.  

    9 years in as a KC130J Engine mechanic and I've enjoyed every bit of it.

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    Current Employee - KC130J Engine and Propeller Mechanic
    Current Employee - KC130J Engine and Propeller Mechanic

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

    Pros

    Lots of deployments and travel, plus side is flying on the C130 to the destination because you land all over.

    Cons

    Lots of work and weekend work if you know what you're doing. But that's not all bad because you learn a lot and the better you are, the better life is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It is what it is!

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    Current Employee - FULL-TIME MEANS YOU'RE ON CALL 24/7 in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Current Employee - FULL-TIME MEANS YOU'RE ON CALL 24/7 in Camp Lejeune, NC

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

    Pros

    Discipline, structure, experience and networking. It has everything in between!

    Cons

    It's not meant for everyone. Sure everyone goes to boot camp, but that doesn't mean you are fit enough to exist in the organization for 4+ years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just realize that what you say now will never translate into the civilian work force. Which that would explain why you don't meet many of them or meet often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A life changing experience that helped solidify a foundation for the rest of my life.

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

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

    Pros

    -Ability to push your body and mind to limits never reached before.
    -Knowledge about yourself, others, and how to react to different situations.
    -Travel, make lifelong friends, learn transferable skills for the civilian world.

    Cons

    -Lots of running.
    -Lots of yelling.
    -Lots of running.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A--hey tell you what to do, not the other way around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best 6 years of my life!

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant

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

    Pros

    How many Marine Flags do you see flying from peoples houses compared to other branches? Exactly!

    Brotherhood, honor, experience, leadership development, mentoring capabilities, life long connection with all current and former Marines.

    Cons

    Physical strain on your body is high especially if you are deployed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Amos has not been the best for the Marine Corps. Upper leadership needs to be changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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