US Navy Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • The medical and dental benefits (in 170 reviews)

  • Plenty of opportunity to travel or live new places (in 134 reviews)

Cons
  • Often away from family for months at a time (in 460 reviews)

  • Away from home during deployments (in 297 reviews)

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  1. LPO

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    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist First Class in Middleburg, FL
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist First Class in Middleburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities if you choose to take advantage of them.

    Cons

    Time spent away from family.


  2. Hospital Corpsman

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    Former Employee - First-line Manager/Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - First-line Manager/Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Navy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Understands that life happens and compensates well.

    Cons

    If you are not involved then you are out of sight or out of mind. You can be passed over for this.


  3. A review

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    Former Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Oak Harbor, WA
    Former Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Oak Harbor, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    If you don't want to, you never have to worry about food or lodging they will take care of everything. You are given a direct path to job advancement/pay raises which makes the work environment much friendlier then some other places(as a general rule nobody is trying to stab you in the back and even if they are they normally can't do enough damage to stop you from advancing if you know your stuff.......atleast at the lower levels)

    Cons

    4 years is a long time, if your not ready to put your life on hold for 4 or more years it can be major sticker shock. 6-9 month deployments can make for an odd work environment especially when you work in a shop that doesn't fully deploy together as every few months the workspaces dynamic has to change(i.e. you don't have enough people for 3 shifts so you have to switch to 2, then a few months later more people come back and they have to set up 3 shifts again).

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have an advice for management, with how large the organization is in the Navy your leadership experience will vary widely, from super controlling micro managers to people who trust their fellow sailors a bit to much.


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  5. Recommended

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    Former Employee - Culinary Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Culinary Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Navy (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Great benefits, free food, free place to live, easy promotion.

    Cons

    Big navy sees numbers not a person, some management have been there for awhile and have a bad attitude in general.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want to help junior personnel then get out of the Navy,


  6. Recruiter in Charge

    Former Employee - Recruiter in Kyle, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Kyle, TX

    I worked at US Navy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loved this job very much. It was an amazing experience

    Cons

    miss the job and all of its wonderful benefits.


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    Regional Director/Admissions Counselor

    Current Employee - Regional Director in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Direct impact on shaping the future of the Naval Academy

    Cons

    Large volume of processing and travel.


  8. Senior Chief Petty Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Travel, dedicated staff, mission focused.

    Cons

    Politics, the leadership sometimes let social issues take their eye off the mission.,

    Advice to Management

    Promote the best people


  9. pros and cons don't match up

    Former Employee - Diesel Readiness Systems Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Diesel Readiness Systems Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at US Navy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent benefits and fun work

    Cons

    long extra hours duty days suck. pros and cons dont match up

    Advice to Management

    learn to talk to your junior personell


  10. Good Oppurtunity

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    Current Employee - CTR2 in Fort Meade, MD
    Current Employee - CTR2 in Fort Meade, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides many opportunities, especially for young adults looking to expand their horizons. Free college EVERYWHERE. Definitely use tuition assistance while in the military.

    Cons

    Micro-management, last minute schedule changes. You have your main job, then 4 different collaterals whereas your civilian counterpart will only need to focus on their one job.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micromanaging so much. And quit the redundancy with training, briefs, etc....


  11. Surface Warfare Officer

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    Current Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant
    Current Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A sense of purpose, team and duty like no where else.

    Cons

    The military is inherently life consuming and you don't have complete control of where, how, what and when you do something.



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