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. Great life starter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to begin your adult life. Amazing benefits, decent pay great networking opportunities and free college once you get out.

    Cons

    A lot of time away from home, takes a couple years to get to the decent pay. Too many upper management personal that got to where they are by staying in long enough instead of working hard for it.

    Advice to Management

    Need to implement a new review system for employees, current evaluations focus on too many non work qualities and placing far too much preferential ranking on seniority over quality of work.


  2. Good enough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, access to health care, job security, structured, predictable job environment, decent compensation, no need to worry about a deep wardrobe in day to day routine. Good training opportunities and good opportunities to see higher education or professional certifications.

    Cons

    Rigid organization, limited rate of growth, limited autonomy, limited innovation, archaic system. Other coworkers can easily skate and do the minimum effort while still getting the same monetary compensation and benefits as those that work hard. No real incentive to work hard, especially when low producing coworkers can laterally transfer to an easy job specialty and continue accruing promotions and pay for being lazy.

    Advice to Management

    Explore different methods to evaluate employees based on various criteria that resonate with core values while also embracing effectiveness in organization and contribution to innovative solutions. Also take into account personal fitness - the opportunity to pursue personal fitness goals and the time to do so, while reflecting fitness considerations in evaluations.


  3. Navigation Electroinics Technician Submarine Qualified

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at US Navy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They Train you and you can not be fired if you actively try to do your best. Good bonding experience with fellow employees. A lot of people find themselves while in the military.

    Cons

    A lot of time away from home. You need to be flexible. Needs of the Navy will always be put before you unless there is a family or medical emergency. You will have to do everything from janitorial duties to highly technical repairs on complex million dollar equipment.


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  5. Civilian Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    The best part about working for Navy was having access to Naval facilities. I enjoyed using the gym and golf course at a much cheaper rate than if I had to pay outside.

    Cons

    There was limited ways you could advance. Most people were just automatically promoted by years of service. The work was also limited, most of the cool projects were given to private contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Create more career opportunities for employees within the organization rather than sending work out to contractors. Do a better job at rewarding better employees.


  6. Good career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are more like family members

    Cons

    Spend lots of time away from home


  7. Intelligence Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    International exposure. Interesting duties. Travel. Insight into global events

    Cons

    Treading through bureaucracy. Sometimes lack of focus and commitment to highest standards. Politicization of work.

    Advice to Management

    Find a core competency and stick with it.


  8. Systems Engineering

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits. Security. Mobility. Continuing Education.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Too many standards and rules that you have to comply with.


  9. Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer

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    Former Employee - Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear) in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear) in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Large monetary compensation for continued service. Always stationed near the water. Excellent leadership experience. Unique training on navy nuclear power. Working with great people from all walks of life. Worldwide adventure.

    Cons

    No merit based promotion until later ranks due to retention problems. Unpredictable and long working hours - lack of sleep. Constant qualification process. Some poor leadership due to retention problems. Inflated evaluations centered around time to promotion.

    Advice to Management

    More merit based awards and promotions.


  10. shiplife.

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    Current Employee - Fire Controlman in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Fire Controlman in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -decent pay -great vacation days -easy work

    Cons

    -long hours -poor leadership system -substandard living situations


  11. Times when it is the best job in the world

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    Current Employee - ISSM in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - ISSM in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Traveling the world and seeing things that you only read about in books changes your life for the better. If you perform, you will succeed, rarely has it been otherwise.

    Cons

    You will find that there are people putting in half of your effort yet receiving the same pay as you.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Trust people to their jobs until you have a reason not to trust them.



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