US Navy Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
3,648 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free medical and dental while you are in the service (in 155 reviews)

  • I had the opportunity to travel and to meet people from all over the country (in 129 reviews)


Cons
  • Being away from family work enviroment constantly changing must be adaptive (in 431 reviews)

  • Possibly long time spans away from home, likely completely out of communications (in 281 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very rewarding experience, allowing diversification into multiple areas of responsibility

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    Current Employee - O5 - Navy - Commander  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - O5 - Navy - Commander in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Often exciting work for which you feel like you are making a genuine contribution to global security. The career has constantly pushed me to tackle new responsibilities and learn new things. Educational benefits have been key, starting with the NROTC scholarship that paid for my undergraduate degree, followed by flight school, and eventually a two-year resident masters program at the Naval Postgraduate School. Significant travel opportunities are also rewarding.

    Cons

    It does require a significant sacrifice in your personal life, especially once you start a family. The frequent moves (we have moved on average every other year for the past decade) can be a love/hate sort of thing. I'm grateful for the experiences I have been able to share with my family, living in many different parts of the country, and our family always tries to find the good parts about "the next place." That aspect depends largely on how well your family stays optimistic about the experience. But there's no changing the fact that the family separations and frequent moves are a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The only way to make things happen

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    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work in the US Navy is, you become apart of the most honorable branch of the US military services. The Navy give you every opportunity to advance yourself while in their service as well as advancing you education to best suit the area you want to advance in. I can only say my 10 years of service in the USN was the time was a great opportunity from 1960 thru 1970, wish I could do it all over again.

    Cons

    No cons to be had in the Navy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to know about their employee and what areas you can use to have them become all you can be, in civilian life as well as the military..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    pay, travel, experience, people, ports

    Cons

    travel, hours, time away from family

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  5.  

    good opportunity

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    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    benefits and opportunities after the navy

    Cons

    takes away your personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be willing to learn from those under you and be open to new ways of doing things. everything shouldn't be last minute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Benefits

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    Former Employee - Operations Specialist
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist

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

    Pros

    Good pay once you rank up and benefits is top notch

    Cons

    Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really, hope they give more pay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience, all around. It was the reason I am where I'm at today.

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    Former Employee - Machinist Mate  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Machinist Mate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    See the world, meet new friends, challenge, career and benefits.

    Cons

    Deployments, but you could have some of the best time in your life being deployed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let prior service back in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Learned more about what I am capable of than anything else in life.

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    Former Employee - Operations Specialist First Class  in  Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist First Class in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at US Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People skills, time management, diplomacy. I have made some of the best friends that I will ever have in my life, great benefits

    Cons

    Stressful, great chance that you will be gone doing something quite a bit. Not a great job for a family man.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the energy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Electronics Engineer

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  Oxnard, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Oxnard, CA

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

    Pros

    As a civilian employee you have job security that I you cannot expect to get while working in the private sector. There is no bottom line, prom it margins to be made or stockholders to satisfy. satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the nations defense and the safety well being of the war fighters.

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be lower than what private sector offers. One is bound by a multitude of regulations and restrictions that pertain to being a public servant. Having a clearance only makes ones life even more restrictive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Life changing, and great experience! !

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    Current Employee - Boatswainsmate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Boatswainsmate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    You get to serve your country, and also get to see the world and meet new people everyday

    Cons

    Depkoyments, being gone months at a time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always open for new opportunities, team leader, and great to work with!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The greatest 20 years of my life

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    Current Employee - E8 - Navy - Senior Chief Petty Officer  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - E8 - Navy - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Leadership is great and I was able to have a lot of on the job training. Many educational outlets and lots of places to see.

    Cons

    Need more quality of life for junior Sailors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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