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US Navy Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
3,896 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • you have a paycheck every two weeks no matter what you get full medical and dental benefits (in 167 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 446 reviews)

  • Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that (in 289 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Got to see the world and make new friends. Learn alot about my job trade. Get real world experience. And have fun.

    Cons

    Being away for family for a couple years at a time. Its takes one guy to do the job but eight more to tell me how.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't really say to much. Too bad they are kicking good sailors out and letting the sh*tbags stay in. But thats the new navy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Being a Missile Technician (Submarine) was the most challenging and transformational experience of my life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Missile Technician in Silverdale, WA
    Former Employee - Missile Technician in Silverdale, WA

    I worked at US Navy as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extensive training (about 2 years of schooling), E-5 leadership, having unique experiences, being pushed beyond what I thought I could ever accomplish. The Post-911 G.I. Bill is great for getting a college education (especially after finishing/retiring from the Navy). On submarines, you may be able to travel based on the type you are stationed on - just do not rely on it.

    Cons

    Long-term there is not a lot of room for creativity; processes are very standard - and for really good reasons. Your experience varies based on the command you are stationed with. Duty rotations are subject to the needs of the Navy. I have had excellent commands for the most part, and was proud to serve with nearly everyone I worked with. Sea duty stations tend to have longer hours and are more arduous; shore duty stations vary but generally give you a better work/home life balance. Despite numerous safety measures, risk is inherent. Do not undertake this decision lightly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure promotion based on merits and actual performance, as well as true deck plate leadership. There are too many E-5s being promoted to management positions with no experience or ability to lead. Encourage critical thinking in streamlining work processes and incentivize sailors to do so. Incentives do not have to be financial - often times mere recognition or a bit of time off is more than sufficient.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great start to long, healthy career, even after the Navy.

    Cons

    Not much cons, it's great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the pay increases.

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  5.  

    Best Decision Ever Made.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fire Control Man in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Fire Control Man in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Benefits, and more Benefits.

    Cons

    Deployments are long and keep you away from family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinforce Navy Core Values at Command Level with the same respect you learn in bootcamp. Officers were a joy to work with. Chiefs mess needs serious overhaul as the standards to make Chief must be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    See the World,, drive ships, lead men and women

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - O4 - Navy - Lieutenant Commander in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    As an Officer, it is a great opportunity to accept a high level of leadership and responsibility right out of college.

    Cons

    While the deployments to exotic foreign ports can be fun, the time away from home can be taxing on family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push advanced degree and education opportunities for all personnel while they are on shore duty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunities if you put in the effort.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master At Arms in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Master At Arms in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for travel and education. There are many advancement opportunities as long as you work for them.

    Cons

    Can seem like there is a lot of micro management. Family time can be difficult and there are times you have to be away from your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your Saliors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best decision of my life so far!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Divisional TPO in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Divisional TPO in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Structure, benefits, continuous change, adaptability, authoritative positions, leadership training.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, diversity, boredom, uncertainty, evaluations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not allow superiors to micro-manage. Nothing gets accomplished. Also, fire people that are not performing and let someone else who wants to step-up do so.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Firecontrolman

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Working with cool technology and weapons systems.

    Cons

    Working for idiots that think rank makes you smarter.

  10.  

    Loved the Navy!

    Former Employee - Fire Controlman Second Class in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Fire Controlman Second Class in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The leadership and maturity that you gain as an adult is unlike anything you can gain in the civilian industry. The leadership and inter-personal skills are invaluable. In the end it all depends on your attitude, though. I loved the Navy so I learned a lot and took a lot from it.

    Cons

    Being away from family via standing duty (24 hours away from home), going underway for days or weeks at a time, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whether you're an Ensign or a Chief, just because you wear khaki's....don't forget where you came from and who actually has to do the work you are asking your people to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Physician Assistant, Family Medicine

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Medicine PA in Kings Bay, GA
    Former Employee - Family Medicine PA in Kings Bay, GA

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

    Pros

    Esprit de corps, autonomy, invaluable experience, adventure, serving our active duty troops, veterans and family members, very reliable pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Must be willing to go where the Navy requires, with or without family, for extended periods of time. This can be a pro or con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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