US Navy Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 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.  

    You get out what you put in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    As long as you do what is required of you, you can benefit from the decision to join even in your post-Navy life. The GI Bill allows you to go to college without having to worry about debt.

    Cons

    It is a horrifically unsafe place for women. If you're a woman and you really must join, please be careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus more on better implementation of safe work environments for women.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Every Pro has Cons and you hope that every Con has Pros

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Adventure, life long friends, exotic destinations, sense of accomplishment and pride for your choice to put others needs ahead of yours for a portion of your life.

    Cons

    Long hours, under appreciated, low pay, long times away from home, mission comes first, and a standing sense of entitlement from senior and officer ranks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not beat the crew until morale improves. The guys will pull together, but even though every khaki says that they will not forget where they came from but most do. When you jump into the mix and lead by example you will find a better workforce forming. Definitely should incorporate more civilian style management and leadership courses. The current training is the blind leading the blind. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Good Far Outweighs the Bad!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    There is a ton of opportunity for travel. The benefits are seemingly endless. There are so many things of which to take advantage that service members can, and often do, take for granted all of the things that are made available to us. Considering the nature of the job, there is still an earnest attempt to establish a good family/work life balance.

    Cons

    There is too much room for hypocrisy in the organization based on the advertised values. There are some issues of objectivity in certain areas in the Navy. It is the truest thing that exist as a meritocracy, but favoritism still exists. Leadership is often hit or miss. Some leaders are great while others miss the mark

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    i had a great 26 years in the US Navy

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    Current Employee - E8 - Navy - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E8 - Navy - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Diverse experience, Great Benefits, Promotion Opportunities, Educational Opportunities

    Cons

    you get separated from your family when deployed overseas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More compensation for hazardous duties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding benefits. Good pay.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Naval Officer
    Current Employee - Naval Officer

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

    Pros

    Unparallelled work experience. Does not matter where you come from in life, your time in service is what you make of it. You are afforded many opportunities and you decide where you career will take you.

    Cons

    Very political in nature. Senior leadership will turn on you if it convieniences them. Senior leaders are awarded for maintaining status quo instead of being bold and innovative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to junior personnel. Believe in your people and do not just take accusations as a guilty sentnece. There are always more than one side to every story. Listen to both and follow the instructions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good for people who want to retire.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Benefits, money housing for housing, get to travel and meet new people.

    Cons

    You will have to be away from family at long periods of time for deployments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some good and bad management. You will come across both.

  8.  

    Great benefits, build character

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer, Second Class in Fort Gordon, GA
    Former Employee - E5 - Navy - Petty Officer, Second Class in Fort Gordon, GA

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

    Pros

    time-off policies, full medical and dental benefits, 36 months paid for college after 3 years of service, excellent training, builds character, tuition assistance while serving

    Cons

    not a fit for people who do not know how to follow rules or standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I would do it again if I could! Retired after 25 years.

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    Former Employee - Fire Control Technician CPO/Chief Warrant Officer III in Saint Marys, GA
    Former Employee - Fire Control Technician CPO/Chief Warrant Officer III in Saint Marys, GA

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

    Pros

    - Job satisfaction
    - Travel to all parts of the world
    - Camaraderie
    - Sense of belonging
    - Submarine life was great!

    Cons

    - Early in my career, we spent a lot of time away from home, but it's not that way anymore
    - If you happen to get stuck with a bad "Top 3" (C.O., X.O., COB (CMC)), life WILL be very difficult and morale WILL suffer
    - Too many dirtbags get promoted to Chief Petty Officer just because their job rating needs more Chiefs
    - Using education benefits and other things to entice people to join; people should join because they want to serve their country, not to milk the system for what THEY can get out of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen more to the junior enlisted personnel; they're the experts on the job
    - STOP buckling to political correctness (i.e., women on submarines, openly gay people being allowed to serve, etc.)
    - Get back to the "Work Hard, Play Hard" lifestyle of days gone by; that's the only way morale will improve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Difficult, but rewarding dependent upon your rating.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Surface Warfare Officer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Surface Warfare Officer in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Travel to new countries. Medical and Dental.

    Cons

    Time away from home can be excessive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Aviation mechanic

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Coronado, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Coronado, CA

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

    Pros

    Lists of travel, and on the job training

    Cons

    Undisciplined new workers, and poor work ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hold people accountable for there actions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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