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US Navy Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
3,882 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Job Security

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Linguist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Linguist in Pearl Harbor, HI

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great once you get used to the rhythm of deployment rotation. The sea-shore rotation of linguists is a bit different than other jobs. You spend more of your time on shore, or deploying. Bonus pay is good, if you can keep your annual language test scores up. The Navy experience is well known for its travel, and its careers are as rewarding as they are difficult.

    Cons

    Regimented career path. Few duty stations open to you. Little time at sea also means fewer experiences shared with your shipmates, less time to study for sea-specific insignia (Surface/Subsurface Warfare Specialist pins). Like the rest of the military, you'll usually find yourself being micromanaged throughout your day. Your coworkers are also usually fairly intelligent which is a pro, but the field has its large share of oddballs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Best decision of my life so far!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Divisional TPO in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Divisional TPO in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Structure, benefits, continuous change, adaptability, authoritative positions, leadership training.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, diversity, boredom, uncertainty, evaluations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not allow superiors to micro-manage. Nothing gets accomplished. Also, fire people that are not performing and let someone else who wants to step-up do so.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Physician Assistant, Family Medicine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Medicine PA in Kings Bay, GA
    Former Employee - Family Medicine PA in Kings Bay, GA

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

    Pros

    Esprit de corps, autonomy, invaluable experience, adventure, serving our active duty troops, veterans and family members, very reliable pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Must be willing to go where the Navy requires, with or without family, for extended periods of time. This can be a pro or con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience working with a diverse group of people with a strong work ethic.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Great people, feeling of accomplishment.

    Cons

    Long hours and family separation are tough to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think beyond your current tour. Your decisions have lasting effects after you're gone!

  6.  

    Loved the Navy!

    Former Employee - Fire Controlman Second Class in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Fire Controlman Second Class in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The leadership and maturity that you gain as an adult is unlike anything you can gain in the civilian industry. The leadership and inter-personal skills are invaluable. In the end it all depends on your attitude, though. I loved the Navy so I learned a lot and took a lot from it.

    Cons

    Being away from family via standing duty (24 hours away from home), going underway for days or weeks at a time, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whether you're an Ensign or a Chief, just because you wear khaki's....don't forget where you came from and who actually has to do the work you are asking your people to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Don't be elisted

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

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

    Pros

    It got me out of my home town.

    Cons

    You have no life! It is totally dehumanizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    You get what you put into it.

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    Former Employee - E6 - Navy - Petty Officer, First Class
    Former Employee - E6 - Navy - Petty Officer, First Class

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

    Pros

    Great technical training.
    Benefits are great.
    Great stepping stone to college.

    Cons

    People can get you down either supervisors or shipmates who constantly fight the system for no other reason but to cause friction.
    Repatative tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For supervisors if the work is complete dont find busy work just to kill time and stop with the mico managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    got to see a lot of cool stuff, worked a lot

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    Former Employee - Culinary Specialist
    Former Employee - Culinary Specialist

    I worked at US Navy full-time

    Pros

    great teamwork, advancement opportunities, and travel opportunites

    Cons

    navy first, before anything, doesn't matter the situation mission comes first.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome experience. Wouldn't trade it for anything

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor E4 in Naples (Italy)
    Current Employee - US Navy Sailor E4 in Naples (Italy)

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

    Pros

    Travel the world,meet new faces, Make strong bonds one heck of a awesome experience

    Cons

    deployment extensions,rude people, shore duty is to short(depending where you go)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment where your input matters.
    Immediate responsibility for young adults
    Chance to have an effect on other's lives
    Travel is great when you don't have a family

    Cons

    New bosses mean new philosophies and the some Navy leaders want change for the sake of change
    Life at sea can be very rough, especially when you have a family

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