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US Navy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 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.  

    Great mission; Great people

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    Former Employee - Principal Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Principal Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Mission focused. Talented military and civilian personnel. Great culture.

    Cons

    Working as a Federal civil servant grows progressively less satisfactory due to Congress and ineffective political leadership.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunities if you put in the effort.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master At Arms in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Master At Arms in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for travel and education. There are many advancement opportunities as long as you work for them.

    Cons

    Can seem like there is a lot of micro management. Family time can be difficult and there are times you have to be away from your family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your Saliors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Navy Surface Warfare Officer

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    Former Employee - O6 - Navy - Captain in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - O6 - Navy - Captain in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    See the World. Great liberty ports - meaningful work with allied navies and countries. Great leadership positions having had 3 commands at sea.

    Cons

    With service to country comes personal sacrifice and you need to be willing to sacrifice your personal time and family time to a greater cause.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Career - See the World!

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    Former Employee - Operations Officer in California, MD
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in California, MD

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

    Pros

    Traveling around the world, working with great people, flying awesome aircraft, good pay and benefits for family, wonderful career opportunities.

    Cons

    Long deployments that wear on you after a while. It's tough being away from family and friends for long periods of time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great overall experienec

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Military in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Leadership training
    - Life Skills Training
    - Advancement opportunities
    - Civilian Certifications and Licenses

    Cons

    - Lots of tenious tasks
    - Lots of 'busy work'
    - Long time away from family
    - Little to no control over where you are stationed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about politics and care about your people, your 'enterprise' will run much smoother and morale will spike.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    i had a great 26 years in the US Navy

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    Current Employee - E8 - Navy - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E8 - Navy - Senior Chief Petty Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Diverse experience, Great Benefits, Promotion Opportunities, Educational Opportunities

    Cons

    you get separated from your family when deployed overseas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More compensation for hazardous duties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is an exciting place to work. Being connected directly with supporting the US Navy is immensely fulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Integrated Product Team Lead in Lexington Park, MD
    Current Employee - Integrated Product Team Lead in Lexington Park, MD

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

    Pros

    - Vast opportunities to move between positions and gain experience
    - Very supportive of work-life balance
    - Secure employment in a priority branch of service within the DoD

    Cons

    - Semi-rural area, access to Washington DC is 90 minutes away
    - Closed culture, many senior people have been here for decades
    - Mind-numbing bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Seek to benchmark US Navy performance against similarly-sized organizations
    - Develop a stronger sense of personal accountability among team leads
    - Get financial management under control

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great agency to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Navy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours, great benefits to including education.

    Cons

    Some of the older employees will not embrace the new technologies that are available to them.. They routinely ignore the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the HR policies within the entire Department of Defense. It is to choppy, and trying to find information is next to impossible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very glad to have had this experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic training opportunities, great benefits, job security, and plenty of unique experience you won't find elsewhere. For officers, high level of responsibility and comfortable pay. Strong sense of community.

    Cons

    For most career paths, long hours with lots of time away from home. Occasional run-ins with red tape and bogus requirements that are leveraged on you just for the sake of going through the motions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anybody who is in a position to create new requirements or revise old ones should think hard about what is really required and how people are expected to accomplish it. Do not accept "because that's the way we've always done it" as an explanation for anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Submarine Officer

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great technical and leadership opportunities. Cutting edge training in nuclear power and nuclear technology. Opportunity to lead people in a challenging and technical environment. Where else do they give a 23 year old a chance to play with a billion dollar toy while conducting clandestine operations off a country's coast. You will learn program management, process managment, quality assurance, and leadership. All skills valued in today's job market.

    Cons

    Long hours and time away from home and family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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