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Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
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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.  

    Physician Assistant, Family Medicine

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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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    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
  3.  

    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
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    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference (maybe to just a few people or few ships but you can see the results). Leadership experience. Responsibilities (250+ people, $40M+ budget) that I believe are above what many others in my age would have in civilian workforce (unless you're in IT startups, I think; but almost certainly as compared to a large private company).

    Cons

    Multiple entities/programs can pull you in opposite directions (ie, I have one boss, but many others who have desired outcomes)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the sailors! (I'm an officer, so I AM management - take care of the sailors, give them the training & tools to do their job, give them the time off to enjoy family/life, give everyone high expectations and hold everyone accountable, stay focused on the mission of the ship/command and try not to sweat the small stuff/entities that are pulling you away from that)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sailor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, and career advancing opportunities

    Cons

    Sea time, Duty, Mission-essential sacrifices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Firecontrolman

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Great place place to work.You will see a ton of places that you have only dreamed about.

    Cons

    Travel is very intense, you are gone from home and your family a lot.

  8.  

    Officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment where your input matters.
    Immediate responsibility for young adults
    Chance to have an effect on other's lives
    Travel is great when you don't have a family

    Cons

    New bosses mean new philosophies and the some Navy leaders want change for the sake of change
    Life at sea can be very rough, especially when you have a family

  9.  

    You get what you put into it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E6 - Navy - Petty Officer, First Class
    Former Employee - E6 - Navy - Petty Officer, First Class

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

    Pros

    Great technical training.
    Benefits are great.
    Great stepping stone to college.

    Cons

    People can get you down either supervisors or shipmates who constantly fight the system for no other reason but to cause friction.
    Repatative tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For supervisors if the work is complete dont find busy work just to kill time and stop with the mico managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Navy Chief

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and develop leadership, mentoring and management skills.

    Cons

    Significant travel required. Hard on family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for more pay and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    US Navy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is unmatched and I enjoyed my time as an enlisted sailor.

    Cons

    There is very little consistency with the job.

    Recommends

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