US Marine Corps Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
2,078 Reviews

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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.  

    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
  2.  

    Worth the challenge

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    • 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Politics at its finest

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    Former Employee - United States Marine  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - United States Marine in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Travel, leadership mentoring, steady paycheck, medical and dental benefits, housing allowance.

    Cons

    Too political, tight leash, low pay for the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up, and get back to the basics across the whole Marine Corps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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 for 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

  9.  

    Marine Corps

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    Current Employee - U S Marine  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - U S Marine in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    If you don't know what to do with your life than military service is a good way to go. Opportunities for education, skills, on the job training and experience. Health, medical, dental covered including family members. Travel world-wide to some great places. Choose your occupational skill (MOS) carefully.

    Cons

    Some MOSs are dead end jobs and do not cross over well to good paying civilian jobs. You may get deployed repeatedly to the same less than desirable places. The "bad apple" Marines, you can't "fire" (discharge), make things miserable for everyone. Some junior Marine requirement entirely too much fatherly or motherly guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing the going fads in the American Society to change the Corps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great formative Experience for the the rest of your life

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    You learn life lessons that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Once you become Marine, you enter a brotherhood forged in the blood of those that came before you, fight alongside you and come after you.

    Cons

    Crap rolls down hill and the big green weenie doesn't discern between jerks and good marines. All the nonsense will make you stronger in the end.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Phenomenal, One of Kind Experience !!!

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    Former Employee - Marine Corp Enlisted (E7)  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Marine Corp Enlisted (E7) in Quantico, VA

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

    Pros

    The lifestyle, the brotherhood, the sense of belonging and being part of the best fighting force in the World.

    Cons

    Can be demanding on families due to constant deployment.

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