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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The command has many flexible shifts, 8-hr, 9-hr, 10-hr, 8-flex, and 12-hr shifts from which to choose. They also have a variety of start times anywhere from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the morning. This makes it workable for commuters who want to avoid some if not all of the typical morning crush. NMPDC has a robust telework program. This is very helpful with life and weather events. Many folk or regular teleworkers one or two days a week and some more days. For the many flexibilities we won the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility in the When Work Works competition.

    Cons

    Parking is non-existent. There is a waiting list to ask for permission to drive your car to work. We have a high churn rate in staff and leadership as key military members receive orders. Navy medicine is undergoing much reorganization which brings uncertainty. NMPDC is Federally funded and that brings concerns for sequestration, furlough, and shutdown. We are mostly one-deep in key positions. The IT environment is changing and that can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep what works. Don't "shuffle the deck-chairs" just because you have the position for the next 13-18 months. Trust your managers. Counting "noses" can be done remotely. Cross-training and active mentoring would be welcome on a continual basis not once a year.

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    US Navy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Infomaiton Systems Technician in Lemoore Nas, CA
    Current Employee - Infomaiton Systems Technician in Lemoore Nas, CA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Job security, benefits and travel.

    Cons

    You could get killed. Do a lot of cleaning. Work super long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a good idea to tell your people why you are doing what your doing when you have time to explain. That way the next time you do something that in time critical it will not be questioned.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent careers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Travel money and education, lots of opportunities for people who want to work

    Cons

    Nuckleheads, deployments long , don't get rid of lazy idiots

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  5.  

    Great people to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Officer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Unlimited advancement, that is totally up to you. Travel around the world and working with outstanding young American's who are committed to Core values.

    Cons

    Long deployments, with very little down time between cycles. And the future is not going to get any better with the down sizing to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Join the Navy see the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Travel see the world free of charge

    Cons

    Risk of death in a foreign country

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to glass door.. why force a new member to rate a company when that is not the reason I came here.
    I wanted to see the rating on a company... ONLY

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    An organization that is going to open you up to opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor E4 in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor E4 in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Hands on experience that you would not receive in the a private sector

    Cons

    lack of compensation, high use of chain of command

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not change the process for the sake of changing it because you are a higher ranking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Every citizen should spend some time serving in the military.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Training; leadership and management experience; paid education; quality people; international travel; a job you can feel good about doing and have fun in the process.

    Cons

    time away from home and frequent moves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great for those who would like to work with exciting equipment without years of experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with advanced equipment without years of experience.
    Get to meet people from all types of backgrounds.
    Get to travel the world and experience different cultures.

    Cons

    Not for those who like to spend a lot of time at home.
    Can sometimes be required to go to sea at the drop of a hat.
    Days can be long.
    Some people can be lazy or just not that bright (but the ranking system usually takes care of that).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience learning Air Traffic Control, leadership, and teamwork.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA

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

    Pros

    Provided scheduled workshops teaching leadership, hazardous situations, emergencies, and naval ship related knowledge for advancement testing. I was stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore where I was given the opportunity to go to online school and eventually earn an Associate's degree in Psychology. In addition, I learned the rules and regulations of Air Traffic Control and obtained my Certified Tower Operator's license.

    Cons

    Sometimes the command had unexpected meetings where work shifts became two to three hours longer than normal. During the summer time, some of the squadrons would unexpectedly schedule late night operations that would affect the night crew and sometimes that night crew would have to come to work the next morning; therefore, turnover was difficult. However, these cons a very minuscule and are a part of the job description.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Civilian controllers need to participate more in the tower cab than simply once a month. In addition, there should be meetings between tower supervisors and Flight Watch Supervisors when it comes to any discrepancies between operations in the tower and in the radar room. Military Division Officers, Chiefs, and leading Petty Officers should observe the interactions and communications between the tower and the radar room.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for novice Air Traffic Controllers to train in both the tower and radar environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Control Specialist in Lemoore Naval Air Station, CA

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Naval Air Station Lemoore has a very basic field that makes it easy to understand and a great training tool for novice controllers. Fortunately during my time at NAS Lemoore, I was able to receive my Certified Tower Operator (CTO) license. In addition, the command gave me the opportunities to go to school and I earned my Associate's degree in Psychology online.

    Cons

    There were come unexpected shift changes where the evening crew is usually affected. For instance, there are times when air operations are extended (during the evening crew's shift) beyond the hours of operation where it makes turnover difficult for the evening shifts. However, these issues are very minuscule and do not happen very often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Civilian controllers should participate more often in the tower can than simply once a month. There should be meetings between tower supervisors and Flight Watch Supervisors when there are discrepancies between the tower and the radar room. Military higher leaders, Chiefs, and leading Petty Officers should observe the interactions between the tower and the radar room.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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