US Navy Reviews

Updated March 26, 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. I had fun here.

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    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Steady income, excellent health benefits, opportunity to advance, travel

    Cons

    Not paid enough for the stress endured, mission first, no off time or holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your troops

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Highly complex and classified nuclear reactors power the Navy’s most formidable vessels.

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    Former Employee - ET1
    Former Employee - ET1

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

    Pros

    valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.

    Cons

    All that come with military life

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Electronics technician working with many systems.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Able to see the world and able to get great work experience

    Cons

    Long hours and many days away from family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Retirement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    One of the best retirement plans

    Cons

    Didn't have a lot of time home with my family

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Imperfect, but the benefits are outstanding.

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    Former Employee - Linguist in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Linguist in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    The G.I. Bill makes up for everything negative and then some. There are also tons of opportunities to lead, and get recognized. The training can also be outstanding. Really a fantastic place to start getting ahead in life.

    Cons

    The culture of the Navy isn't something I'd beat a drum about. There is still a lot of bigotry and sexism that occurs as an everyday thing. The food is terrible. Hours are long and mind numbingly boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to waste less money, and be more cognizant of retaining competence and talent vs, just loading ever more work on the few that actually manage to get things done and pushing them out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Exciting place to work

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    Current Employee - Cook in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Cook in Portsmouth, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, great advancement opportunities and pay

    Cons

    Repetitive tasks and lots of standing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employees advice about improvement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 20+ years as an FA-18 pilot, finished up doing acquisition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for significant responsibility early in career, great people to work with, strong sense of purpose. Enough variety in assignments that I was always challenged to learn new skills and stretch.

    Cons

    Deployments are both a con and a pro... leaving family is hard, but the adventure, challenge and travel experiences are great. It is a meritocracy, but your individual timing in a position can have a significant impact on your likelihood for advancement.

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    Compensation is fair, and the defined benefit retirement plan is great, but there is a lot of pressure to move away from it towards some other options.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. US NAVY SAILOR. ENLISTED

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Accommodation pay is one of the best I have ever seen or heard of. Your pay is almost doubled to accommodate your family moving frequently, separating from your family for periods of time And much more

    Cons

    Long periods of time being away from your family. No constant working hours with no overtime pay Regardless if you work 10 hrs a week ( not likely ) or 80 hrs ( more likely ).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency is key in leadership at any level or at any company. No matter what level of management you're at you must stay consistant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great with the right job title, extremely miserable with the wrong job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training if one can get it. With the right job one can have good training, a good work environment, and good pay. One will find out what one is made of and one will find out about other's cultures. The VA will grant an honorably discharged veteran the GI Bill which pays for tuition, for books, and for a housing allowance.

    Cons

    The navy is reducing the quality and quantity of training in order to save money so be sure to do some research on which job is best for you before joining. The same crazy racist people in the civilian world are also in the military. So watch out for the big city thugs. They will pull some kind of discrimination card for as long as one is willing to accept it.

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    Middle management is of poor quality. Upper management is great. Upper management need to apply better scrutiny when promoting junior individuals to middle ranks. More than half of E-5 ranks play video games and watch porn all day every day. They do no work, refuse to train people, and stir up trouble for a laugh.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Responsible for the training of all personnel attached to the Unit.

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    Current Employee - Training Officer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Training Officer in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding, some travel, provide the necessary training to certify troops to forward deploy. Coordinating exercises and working with adjacent units.

    Cons

    Minimal support provided within the departing - understaffed. Collateral duties are often distracting from your primary job. Often required to support operational missions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push management to get more support in the department. Let management know your priorities when collateral duties interfere with training objectives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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