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Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • The medical and dental benefits (in 170 reviews)

  • Plenty of opportunity to travel or live new places (in 134 reviews)

Cons
  • Often away from family for months at a time (in 460 reviews)

  • Away from home during deployments (in 297 reviews)

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  1. US Navy Job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel the world and learned valuable skills to help in the real world. Got out of small town indiana.

    Cons

    Deal with a lot of time being away from home. People don't always care about doing a good job, they will still earn a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Make the punishment fit the crime, hold people accountable and stop being so PC. We are fighting wars and protecting our allies, act like the tough big brother instead of a bunch of cowards.


  2. Awesome time with the Navy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ASSISTANT LEADING PETTY OFFICER in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - ASSISTANT LEADING PETTY OFFICER in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay Great Benefits Lots of Travel Great Training

    Cons

    Long hours Away from family and friends for long periods of time


  3. Naval Officer

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    Current Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security, superb benefits, leadership experience, reasonable pay. An extremely rewarding job in a diverse environment. Jobs change every two to three years so there is no stagnation.

    Cons

    Very long hours and tons of family separation. Obviously elements af danger in military work. Working environment is not always in areas with a nice climate.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work to retain benefits that incentivize career minded personnel. Also continue with efforts at normalizing sea and shore rotations and deployment lengths.


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  5. It is what you make it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, company support and interest in employees,. Training available, will provide tuition for degree. Families medical and dental plans are exceptional.

    Cons

    No set in stone working hours, on call all the time.


  6. NAVAIR

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - S&T Lead Materials Engineering in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - S&T Lead Materials Engineering in Patuxent River, MD

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Building state of the art aircraft with the satisfaction of serving the country by supporting our Sailors and Marines. Access to the latest technology and freedom to think out of the box, to address engineering challenges. Working with some of the best professionals in the country.

    Cons

    Government red tape and bureaucracy.


  7. Aviation electronics technician 3rd class

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Norfolk, VA

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits , health care, dental, guaranteed paychecks

    Cons

    Most khaki personnel don't care about lower employees. Implications of mistrust cause work environment degradation between lower classes


  8. Great Job, Great Benifits, Long periods away from home

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - O5 - Navy - Commander in Northfield, VT
    Current Employee - O5 - Navy - Commander in Northfield, VT

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    OJT, Leadership Experience, Technical Training, Serving the Country

    Cons

    Long periods away from home, Working in sometimes dangerous or undesirable locations.

    Advice to Management

    Mission First Sailors Always


  9. Logistics Management Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA

    I have been working at US Navy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about Northrop Grumman.


  10. Naval Aircrewman (AWS)

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    Former Employee - Aircrewman in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Aircrewman in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at US Navy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Life as a helicopter crewman can be rewarding. The training and operations can be anything from thrilling to mundane. Your peers are usually mentally sharp and reliable.

    Cons

    You will have long hours and sometimes your days are random. You may no know what tomorrows flight schedule looks like until 4pm the day before, so it can be difficult if you have children. This is not for single parents because the schedule and deployment cycle are too hectic.

    Advice to Management

    It is a bureaucracy. Expect things to move slowly and for there to be a lot of red tape.


  11. Get out what you put in

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Albany, NY

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on the rating you choose, advancement can be very fast, which means higher pay. Monetary allowances are tax-free. There is a job for anyone with almost any background or skill set.

    Cons

    The pay is salary and it is a military environment, which means sometimes you put in long hours with no O/T. Sometimes spend a majority of the year away from home. Some allowances have not changed since their inception, despite inflation or the evolving nature of the job.

    Advice to Management

    A third-party leadership program that includes screening would help weed out "supervisors" who attained the position by simply waiting long enough without getting into documented trouble. Much heartache can be attributed to "leaders" who have such severe tunnel vision that they fail to see the impact of their decisions on their subordinates.



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