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US Navy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
3,957 Reviews
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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.  

    It's a young and progressive workplace, but I find that things are location dependent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Patuxent River, MD

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    I have a good boss, understanding, joking, and relatively young team. The older team members are very accommodating players. There is a big opportunity for young folk to replace the well-seasoned, ready-to-retire crowd so if you think old people are awesome like I do, I'd say start taking notes! It's like being the modern-day apprentice. Very warm group.

    Cons

    Very cliquey and some sycophants are obvious. Unspoken conservative values reign, I've heard some supervisors can discourage rotations even when an employee has expressed that he does not love what he does... I assume that is for fear of losing an employee though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open-minded and understanding Z-codes and supervisors are key to keeping the young hires.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great Opportunities

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

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Teamwork, Dedication, Best mission in the world

    Cons

    Work never stops
    Danger
    Mission often superseded by off duty volunteerism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on mission and not politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great mission; Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Organization turned into political mania...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT2 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT2 in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Crazy good career opportunities. Immediate supervisors supportive of decisions

    Cons

    Upper management only concerned about what's good for themselves. Never give time for junior personnel regardless of open door policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time and insight into where and what your junior guys want to do.
    Trust in your middle management to get the job done instead of putting 8 hands in the honey pot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great overall experienec

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great Career - See the World!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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