US Navy Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
3,608 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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Employee Reviews

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    Special Agent

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    Current Employee - Special Agent  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Special Agent in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Federal law enforcement's finest organization. Varied workload and world-wide travel.

    Cons

    Operational tempo and travel can mean time away from the family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Yvan Eht Nioj

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Big boats catchin big waves.

    Cons

    There are not any the Navy is perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Man ya'll need to chill!

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    More opportunities than I ever expected

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Secure Job in a tough economy
    Opportunity to travel and mostly great locations
    If you want to succeed, there are LOTS of opportunities, as long as you don't sway too far off the beaten career path

    Cons

    Depending on where you are, high operational tempo/deployments can burn you out with few opportunities for breaks in between. Expect this onboard almost any ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assume your sailors are always doing what is right to the best of their judgement and punish only those who break that trust. Adding extra layers of bureaucracy or programs will not prevent your problems, only frustrate the large majority who do the right thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Chief

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    Former Employee - Chief Recruiter  in  Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Chief Recruiter in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    Secure job and a great place to serve your country

    Cons

    hours they can be long and demanding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Electronic Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Medical, Benefits, PTO, OCONUS pay

    Cons

    Deployment, Separation from family, Stupid people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work in the Federal Government

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, multiple schedules to choose from. Everyone is extremely talented and smart in their field. After a week working in the Navy, you will never return to the rat race, if you get sick then you will get fired private sector. The private sector can keep their 2 weeks vaca to start and sorry retirement package.

    Cons

    Dealing with antiquated software and systems.

    Recommends
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    The Navy can be a great place to work, but it all depends on the command you are working for.

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    Current Employee - Director of Facility Management  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Facility Management in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Valuable work, significant responsibility, compensation can be good depending on if your position is graded correctly, opportunity to travel, usually many opportunities to move around and up in the organization.

    Cons

    Military vs. Civilian issues, military leadership is constantly rotating, crap shoot on good or bad chain of command, there are plenty of people just there to collect a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend senior military leaders, integrate more civilians into upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Helicopter Pilot

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    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, motivated people, steady pay, wonderful medical and dental benefits, education opportunities for yourself and family, unique mission, patriotism and serving your country.

    Cons

    Family balance, no overtime, long hours, long deployments over holidays/life events. Promotions in aviation community harder to earn due to timing/manning limitations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider retention benefits and career flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great opportunity to be exposed to multiple job functions from training to administration to technical leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    28 days of vacation is tough to beat in the civilian world, even if weekends are being eaten up.

    Instant network of friends with similar interests almost everywhere you go.

    Cons

    The "needs of the Navy" are what got me to eventually leave. Long deployments, Individual Augmentations and seemingly endless detachments make it hard to create a stable life in the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the head of the Pacific fleet told us that he thought that the deployment schedule of 6 months on, 18 months was reasonable, I knew there was a serious disconnect. That schedule hasn't been seen in 30 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    In The Navy

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    all kinds of programs to work on

    Cons

    No real pay increase over the last 5 years

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