US Navy Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
3,608 Reviews
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US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free medical and dental while you are in the service (in 147 reviews)

  • The opportunity to travel to a country you may never have seen or thought about (in 118 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family is the only issue, but we manage the time we have very well (in 398 reviews)

  • The time away from home is not ideal, but the shore duty makes up for it (in 260 reviews)

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  1.  

    Review of the U.S.Navy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commanding Officer
    Current Employee - Commanding Officer

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Great career potential, sense of service and great compensation. Work with the best and the brighest young men and women.

    Cons

    Working hours can tend to be long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to put sailors first and maintain adequate compensation for all members. Should try to improve advancemetn for higher level officers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My expereience has been very positive, learned more than I ever could have imagined and was able to travel the world.

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    Current Employee - Operations Officer  in  Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Corpus Christi, TX

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

    Pros

    I entered the Navy as an E-1 when I was just 19, now 26 years later I'm a commisioned officer in the Limited Duty Officer program.

    Cons

    This career can be extremly hard on families especially they don't have realistic expectations and there a no open lines of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to take better care of your folks when you can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    ETC(SW) Retired

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    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer  in  North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    World wide travel. Opportunities for leadership and responsibility at a young age. Great education and training programs

    Cons

    Low pay for long hours. Often away from family for months at a time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better life / work balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    In The Navy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    all kinds of programs to work on

    Cons

    No real pay increase over the last 5 years

  6.  

    Helicopter Pilot

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    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, motivated people, steady pay, wonderful medical and dental benefits, education opportunities for yourself and family, unique mission, patriotism and serving your country.

    Cons

    Family balance, no overtime, long hours, long deployments over holidays/life events. Promotions in aviation community harder to earn due to timing/manning limitations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retention benefits and career flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive life changing decision

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Pay
    Travel
    Experience
    Benefits

    You will get as much out of it as you put in. If. You don't go the extra mile don't complain when you are passed over for advancement.

    Cons

    Rough on children

    Having a family is a decision you need to weigh out. You are gone quite a bit so you need to prepare emotionally and financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time in sharing experience and knowledge

  8.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    healthcare plan, housing allowance food allowance

    Cons

    deployments that happen every six months in some cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Decision I have ever made and did so at 33 years old.

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    Current Employee - Fire Controlman  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Fire Controlman in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Military Discipline, Core Values, Travel, Country

    Cons

    Long Hours, away from family

    Recommends
  10.  

    It was awesome and strange career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people you work with, the places you travel to, and the things you do will help you develop into the person you want to become. Whether that is becoming a career military person or getting out to start a new career with the training/education benefits you receive.

    Cons

    The people you work with, the places you travel to, and the things you do will also make you ask at times," what the heck have I gotten into and why am I still doing this."

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    US Navy (military)

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    Current Employee - Special Security Officer
    Current Employee - Special Security Officer

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

    Pros

    Training, experience, travel opportunities, benefits (allowances and vacation time); free education.

    Cons

    Mission before Sailors mentality, regardless of family situations (command dependent);
    loss of power at middle management level;
    upper management not willing to listen to lower level supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your middle and lower management. They see what the workload and watch rotation is doing to the workforce. No one wants to succeed; they strive to survive vice excel.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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