US Marine Corps Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
2,212 Reviews
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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 50 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 147 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 244 reviews)

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  1.  

    Loads of good opportunities. Not the best place for a family man though. You want a day off, take leave, even on Sunday.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits if you can make it 20 years.

    Cons

    Deployments and training detachments are not enjoyable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skip the training on capital crimes. A normal person does not require training on felony's...we know it's wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    Worth the challenge

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    Former Employee - 03 - Marines - Captain in Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - 03 - Marines - Captain in Quantico, VA

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (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
  10.  

    I wish it never ended

    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Clerk in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie, Travel opportunities, the desire to serve your country, physical fitness, great uniforms, lots of networking opportunities

    Cons

    I don't have any cons. Sure there's things that you might not want to do, but I think that's a part of every job

  11.  

    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 (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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