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Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
129 Reviews
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Pros
  • you have a paycheck every two weeks no matter what you get full medical and dental benefits (in 170 reviews)

  • I had the opportunity to travel and to meet people from all over the country (in 134 reviews)


Cons
  • You will have to be away from family at long periods of time for deployments (in 460 reviews)

  • Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that (in 297 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ballistic Submarine Scheduler for Pacific Operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lieutenant in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Lieutenant in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met and worked with top notch people, done things most people never get to do.

    Cons

    Long hours, leaving civilization for months at a time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    I've learned how to be accountable for my actions and to hold people accountable for theirs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ship Repair in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Ship Repair in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    I've learned life skills and jobs skills that will last a lifetime. Advancement and Pay is decent.

    Cons

    24 hour Duty can be taxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving quality of life and pay, if you want to keep an all voluntary force.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Submarine Nuke Mechanic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enlisted Submariner in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Enlisted Submariner in Pearl Harbor, HI

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good advancement, good training

    Cons

    Long hours, high workload, high expectations, deployments, underways

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Know what you are getting into

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Current Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Personal development, leadership potential, educational incentives, travel opportunities, fantastic peer groups

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, family life, micromanagement, and a narrow "golden path" to advancement that devalues variations from the common career pipeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a 360 review similar to that used by the Army. There are an unhealthy amount of toxic leaders within the Navy, especially within the blue water Navy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Accelerate your life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E6 - Navy - Petty Officer, First Class in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - E6 - Navy - Petty Officer, First Class in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Good people and great experiances

    Cons

    Long hours and no time with family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Got to do what you got to do

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sub Duty isn't worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Adventure, incredible responsibility at an early age, excellent training, discipline, save plenty of money (because you don't have time to spend it)

    Cons

    Schadenfreude culture, people ignorantly think that memorizing manuals is somehow equivalent to writing the manuals, little time for life besides submarine, people seem angrier / less happy the higher up they are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold a critique as to why JO retention is so bad / Academy grads are being "volunteered" for subs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Job Security

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Linguist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Linguist in Pearl Harbor, HI

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great once you get used to the rhythm of deployment rotation. The sea-shore rotation of linguists is a bit different than other jobs. You spend more of your time on shore, or deploying. Bonus pay is good, if you can keep your annual language test scores up. The Navy experience is well known for its travel, and its careers are as rewarding as they are difficult.

    Cons

    Regimented career path. Few duty stations open to you. Little time at sea also means fewer experiences shared with your shipmates, less time to study for sea-specific insignia (Surface/Subsurface Warfare Specialist pins). Like the rest of the military, you'll usually find yourself being micromanaged throughout your day. Your coworkers are also usually fairly intelligent which is a pro, but the field has its large share of oddballs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An amazing experience you only have once in a lifetime

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Warfare Systems Operator in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Former Employee - Air Warfare Systems Operator in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

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

    Pros

    I traveled the world with some of the smartest and hardest working people in the world. Everyday was a challenge and I learned to do things I never thought I could. The Navy taught me how to be the best I can possibly be.

    Cons

    The work is hard. Being away from family and friends for months or even years at a time can wreak havoc on relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Navy has changed over the years to become something different. It's easier than ever to be kicked out of the armed services for tattoos or minor infractions. There is a certain type of person who joins the armed services and I hope the best aren't being routed out for PR purposes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Submarine nuke ET

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Submarine Nuclear ET in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Submarine Nuclear ET in Pearl Harbor, HI

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment with good opportunity for rapid advancement. Leadership roles can be assumed within a year. Training is valuable for post navy career.

    Cons

    90+ hour weeks for five years straight. Deployments involve extended time away from and very limited communication with friends and family. Nuclear work is very bureaucratic and much time is wasted just getting set up for a days work.

    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    I had a joyful enlistment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - P-3 Flight Engineer in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI
    Former Employee - P-3 Flight Engineer in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI

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

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, payed vacation, lots of travel.

    Cons

    Deployments into dangerous areas of the world, lack of freedom to choose where to live and travel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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