US Navy Reviews

Updated August 1, 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. Food Service Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Service Manager in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Food Service Manager in Oxnard, CA

    I worked at US Navy (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Best stable job ever with full medical and dental benifits for you and your family.

    Cons

    Being away from you family for long period of time specially during deployments..


  2. Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personnel Specialist in Oak Harbor, WA
    Former Employee - Personnel Specialist in Oak Harbor, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, ability to travel, make long-lasting friendships, pays for school, grow as a human, learn stuff you never thought would be useful in everyday life

    Cons

    Patriarchal, many restrictions on going places, restrictions on how you need to look professionally, restrictions on who you can have personal relationships with

    Advice to Management

    It would be best to promote people on how they act professionally rather than how they scored on a test.


  3. Best job I ever had.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good jump start to your life for someone right out of high school. Meet alot of people and see alot of places.

    Cons

    Can spend alot of time away from your family. The Communication from the top to the bottom is bad some times.


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  5. Nuclear Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Norfolk, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Great training offered , very valuable on the outside world, generous bonuses. Get to see the world, when not at the bottom of the ship.

    Cons

    First to come on the ship, the last to go .shift schedules are horrendous and could be improved. But never does. A lot of bureaucratical red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Change the watch schedules. Don't punish the masses for the deeds of the few, not a good morale booster. Punish in private praise in public not the other way around.


  6. Not for everyone...

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    Current Employee - Naval Officer -Lieutenant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Naval Officer -Lieutenant in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health care provided, military discounts, tax free shopping, housing allowance, travel and relocation allowances, compensation for dependents, tax incentives, subsistence allowance.

    Cons

    Members are ordered to comply with military needs for relocation and occupation. Pensions are only for members serving 20+ years on active/reserve duty, and there is no employer contributions during the period prior to this time.

    Advice to Management

    There is a bureaucratic rank structure and methodology that makes strategic changes hard to achieve and slow in coming. Compensation is fixed based on rank and time in service, which may not accurately reflect a members contribution to the service.


  7. Submarines

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Missile Technician in Kings Bay, GA
    Former Employee - Missile Technician in Kings Bay, GA

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

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

    Pros

    There is nothing like it you can do things others only dream of and you will make memories that will last you a life time.

    Cons

    Not great pay and the family life is hard, don't try have a family if you want to see them all the time.


  8. Navy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits

    Cons

    unknown schedule and long periods at sea.

    Advice to Management

    go to sea with the crew and see what it is like to be off shore for 6 months.


  9. Great stepping stone to advance your life

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Second Class/Supervisor/Maintainer/Coordinator in Hopelawn, NJ
    Former Employee - Petty Officer Second Class/Supervisor/Maintainer/Coordinator in Hopelawn, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, free benifits, travel, see the world. A true stepping stone for the rest of your life. Use your gi bill benifiuts.

    Cons

    work like a slave. Choose your rate choose your fate. Military is getting slashed so maybe its a good time to get out. It goes byreal fast.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make rank and stop working. It would be good to have chiefs out there turning wrenches too. Guys maybe in for 20 years but only have about 7 years experience working in their actual job. What I am saying is the management portion takes over more at E5 and above and the managers tend to not do any of the actual skilled work, they just push paper.


  10. Go Navy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Long hours and separation from family.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your subordinates more.


  11. Awesome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Too many to list here.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, being gone, officers without any idea what is going on

    Advice to Management

    Trust your 2nd classes more



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