US Navy Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
3,512 Reviews

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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.  

    Get your education started long before you get out!

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    Former Employee - E9 Navy Master Chief  in  Lemoore Nas, CA
    Former Employee - E9 Navy Master Chief in Lemoore Nas, CA

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

    Pros

    The ability to see other cultures, travel and make a difference all while having a safety net makes for a great quality of life. The ability to gain a college education all while not having to take out loans is a great benefit and one that unfortunately many Sailors don't take advantage of.

    Cons

    Time away from family could be considered as a Con however having a stable job and being able to take care of the family levels the playing field. Many Sailors don't take the time to attend College thinking that having Military Experience will open all kinds of doors for them when they separate. Unfortunately they find themselves highly trained with little documentation of that training that the average person can relate to. HR departments understand acronyms such as AA, BA, MBA, but have a hard time understanding AVA, BE&E, SFF etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Navy First, Sailor Always.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, plenty of opportunity for success and most of all an Honor.

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    Current Employee - Operations Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The US Navy provides job security, training, camaraderie and a sense of fulfillment. An opportunity to grow your your leadership skills, with the opportunity think on your feet during high stress situations. Benefits are good for both the member and their families.

    Cons

    Mission always changes, longer hours than most, separation from family with unknown times of return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to move the hard chargers up and provide the needed training and mentorship as they grow.

    Recommends
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    Lots of travel, life experience, and good life long friends.

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    Former Employee - Diesel Mechanic  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Diesel Mechanic in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Travel, benefits (while in and out), people you meet, and your bosses change all of the time.

    Cons

    Extended periods away from family, leaving close friends, and your bosses change all of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every command is at war..

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, great experiences.

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    Current Employee - Naval Aviator
    Current Employee - Naval Aviator

    I have been working at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    You will never find the camaraderie inherent to working in a military position in a civilian job. The people are amazing and it is a joy to go to work every day. As a pilot, job satisfaction is great and the work schedule is unique every day.

    Cons

    Deployments are long, arduous, and tough on the family. You will spend a lot of time away from home preparing to deploy and honing your skills. Unpredictable work hours can be frustrating to both you and your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the red tape and the countless hours of online training that waste work hours and produce no effect, other than protecting the career of the man who ordered the training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Boundary changing, challenging and great potential to learn new skills and see the world.

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    Former Employee - Naval Officer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Naval Officer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Potential for frequent travel, unmatched opportunities for leadership, potential for lifetime retirement. Great benefits

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic organization, works at the whims of Congress. Required travel. Large amounts of time for sit and wait.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful Life Experience

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Stennis Space Center, MS
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Stennis Space Center, MS

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

    Pros

    Travel, Experience, Sense of purpose, etc. It truly is an adventure and a way of life.

    Cons

    Difficult for family life. Long separations from family is difficult. It truly is an adventure and a way of life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Military service not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Aviation Administration  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Aviation Administration in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Structure, job security, retirement, medical, dental, educational benefits, qualification and certification opportunities.

    Cons

    Time away from family. Minimal influence on major protocols and policies. Highest leadership severely detached from ground level issues. Pay not always conducive with expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little focus on core issues impacting the ground level personnel. Seems as though all real issues become watered down or completely lost by the time they make it to the level for actual change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Up' and Downs

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    Former Employee - Aviation Machinist Mate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Aviation Machinist Mate in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Also enjoy the culture and diversity of the whole experience. If you like to travel and don't mind living in enclosed areas then you should be fine. The promotion is getting better now so you're not stuck in a position for years.

    Cons

    A salary job you might be putting in endless hours of work, or maybe waiting for hours for certain things, but hey you're getting paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change a few things about enlisted advancement. Let performance speak for the person's quality of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Operations Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Traveling the world is the best and worst part for people whom have kids or really strong family ties. Pay is steady as long as the government doesnt take a dive.

    Cons

    So many people from different backgrounds. Everybody feels like theor prior lofe plays a role in the chain of command. Negative. If I outrank you it means I outrank you plain and simple.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Experience and Training

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    Former Employee - Hospital Corpsman
    Former Employee - Hospital Corpsman

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

    Pros

    Very good training, mentorship and experience. You get to choose the job that you want to do when you enlist. You do not have to stay at one specific job area. You rotate to get the full experience. They will send you to different trainings depending on your job in addition to paying for collage courses. GI bill is also a big plus.

    Cons

    Duties and deployments make it hard for the family. Not everyone gets deployed but almost everyone has duty. It can be hard for some people to get used to the military life.

    Recommends
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