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US Navy Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
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Pros
  • you have a paycheck every two weeks no matter what you get full medical and dental benefits (in 170 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 460 reviews)

  • Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that (in 297 reviews)

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  1.  

    Serve your country

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Naval Aviation Officer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Naval Aviation Officer in Corpus Christi, TX

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

    Pros

    You are serving your country

    Cons

    You do not have your own life, but you gain the honor of serving your country.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Good benefits. bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Benefits are great, travel is nice, training is good, steady pay check comes in handy, advancement can be good.

    Cons

    Away from family a lot. management can be very frustrating, so jobs advancement can be hard, wife hates it.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Lots of hands on experience, meet great people, travel, free health care

    Cons

    Deployments. Long underways and working hours. Leave time is not always granted (depends on manning).

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enginmen in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Enginmen in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Pay is good insurance and travel the gi bill

    Cons

    Its all about clicks in the military, if someone high up doesn't like you that could be bad for you career

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great career if you like the lifestyle

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for responsibility, working with great people and doing meaningful work

    Cons

    You must adjust to the culture, need to make geographic moves and deploy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are great, awful and average leaders, so you need to bloom where you are planted, keep the high road and focus on the mission

  7.  

    US Navy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    See the world make good money

    Cons

    away from family and friends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Excellent avenue to find your footing in life and learn valuable life and work lessons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician First Class in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician First Class in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    People really look out for you if you are a hard worker - from supervisors to department heads (as long as you are personable, of course! A carrier is extremely close quarter work space). There is a real team environment, and you can get to know your colleague as well as your superiors well. How fast you move up, gain more responsibility, and earn more money is entirely up to you. There is always something to learn, always something to do. If the situation allows, you can further your education while still getting a paycheck, or just get training that is valuable should you decide to get out. Then there are the places you see on deployments, the camaraderie, and life-shaping experiences.

    Cons

    Much of the leadership changes frequently. It can also be tough on family and other relationships because of the time required with underways, deployments, duty days, and just day to day occurrences that require time to deal with. You will miss a lot at home, including birthdays, holidays, weddings, childbirths, etc. Of course, there are problems stemming from thousands of people, most directly out of high school, living in extremely close quarters. You will not have quiet time alone during an underway, and it is difficult to control your diet. If colleagues are slacking, or just incompetent, you may have to pick up the load, and the more you work, the less you are paid (no over-time...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time off to make up for the time consumed during unforeseen issues, underways, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great growth potential!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Combat Systems Maintenance Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Combat Systems Maintenance Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    If you're a "go getter", this is the place for you! Plan on working your way up -- it won't be easy. The experience you'll gain is irreplaceable...you'll be a valuable commodity whether you put in 6 years of 20+.

    Cons

    Planning a family? Have a hobby? Say goodbye to them -- to be successful, you MUST sell your soul. That's not to say you can't be successful with a family or other interests...just know that the Navy is your FIRST priority if you want to go all the way. Of course, this applies anywhere...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to break up the traditions of old and start SERIOUS moves into the new -- I'm not talking about uniforms, I'm talking about the way we do business. "More with less" is no longer feasible...we need a tailored and trimmed fleet. Also need to improve the REAL status of the fleet to Congress -- too many politics get in the way of the message from waterfronts to Washington.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good overall experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Steady pay and feeling of accomplishment.

    Cons

    Leadership lacking with too much politics.

  11.  

    US Navy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Navy Supply Officer 0-3 Lieutenant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Navy Supply Officer 0-3 Lieutenant in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great Training. Top Notch Leadership Experience. Working with sailors is about the most rewarding thing you can do.

    Cons

    Lots of time away from family. That gets old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the PRT Standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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