US Marine Corps Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
2,154 Reviews
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Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 60 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to see the world as you learn great skills for the outside world (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 144 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 238 reviews)

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  1.  

    Serving at the highest level

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Marine Corps is a demanding, but rewarding profession. You work with some of the most talented and motivated young people in the world. You're continually challenged, the training is top notch, and the pride of belonging will stay with you for a lifetime.

    Cons

    As a junior enlisted Marine, or junior officer, you do not always have your choice of job specialty (what we call, Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS). An enlistee can normally choose an occupational field, but not a specific MOS within that field. As an officer, your MOS (unless you are a lawyer or a pilot) will be determined by your ranking when you complete The Officer Basic Course, and your preferences. Be ready to be a MARINE, not tied to a specific MOS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marines are tough, they handle stress well, they are loyal, and committed to "completing the mission." We're also adaptable and will eagerly take on new responsibilities, and pursue additional training. We're leaders and thrive in leadership roles..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Served on term as an active-duty Marine

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Quantico, VA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Financial benefits
    Education benefits
    Job security
    Medical benefits
    Professional work environment

    Cons

    Leadership styles
    home life to Work life ratio

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The Few the Proud

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    Current Employee - Aviation Mechanic  in  Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Aviation Mechanic in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    Rewarding career with great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours but you chose to serve your counrty...just do it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the zero defect mentality for reenlistment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    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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    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
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    Amazing Experiences in Horrible Places

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Amazing and unique experiences. The ability to work with amazing people and make life long friends. Defend freedom. Travel to places no one wants to go to.

    Cons

    Slow promotions. Work inhuman hours. Your career will be a selection of the 3rd or 4th thing you want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on performance, not simply time in grade. Create a billet allocation/slating process to maximize value to the service-member not simply the "needs of the Marine Corps" (which means you are getting hosed).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worth the challenge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 03 - Marines - Captain  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - 03 - Marines - Captain in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    The hands on leadership opportunities that are offered to every Marine are unmatched by an sector.

    Cons

    Deployments put significant strains on family life as well as personal friendships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Marine Corps needs to make a much larger investment in their human capital.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dysfunctional red tape laden environment. Nothing happens in a timely manner

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    Former Employee - Information Sydstems Manager  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Information Sydstems Manager in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    Young, energetic, motivated and proud Marines.

    Cons

    Trying to get anything done technology related takes 5 times longer then it should. Few competent people. No one takes accountability or responsibility. Money is constantly wasted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline every technology related process and procedure. Learn from lean corporate and non government environments. Youre the smallest of the 4 services yet you take years to make even minor changes for the better. Fire inefficient civilian employees and reassign inefficient Marines.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Unpredictable Hours/Good Salary/Great benefits/Paid Vacation

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    Former Employee - Logistics Chief  in  Indian Head, MD
    Former Employee - Logistics Chief in Indian Head, MD

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

    Pros

    Unbeatable opportunity to become a leader. Experience the world while earning an education.

    Cons

    Currently going through a reduction. Lay offs are at every level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Embassy Security Guard

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    Former Employee - Embassy Secuirty Guard  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Embassy Secuirty Guard in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    Travel to 3 different countries and meet various different people and cultures. Plenty of down time to take online courses and accomplish personal goals.

    Cons

    You are the very last thing on anyones priority list. If you step so much as a toe out of line you will be RFC'd from the program. Your time is not your own and you had better learn that quickly. Follow all the rules to the letter so some captain who the rules dont apply to can come and tell you how your wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whats the point, you wouldnt listen if we told you we are human.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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