US Navy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental while you are in the service (in 159 reviews)

  • I had the opportunity to travel and to meet people from all over the country (in 131 reviews)


Cons
  • Being away from family work enviroment constantly changing must be adaptive (in 437 reviews)

  • Being away from home might be a little too hard for others so be aware of that (in 286 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great agency to work for.

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Life altering experiences. The things you will be able to do and the things that you will be able to see will never cease to amaze you. The people are what makes this organization and you will make friends that will last a lifetime.

    Cons

    Leaving loved ones at home and missing family events. Moving every three years is fun, but uprooting your family and moving away from the close connections that you have made never gets any easier as time goes on, especially if you have children in middle or high school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall good expereince. Many opportunities across same series/grade level.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Patuxent River, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good benefits, stable, opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Limited promotion potential. Some areas have the good old boy syndrome. Cap on salaries for good performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to provide increase in salaries for good performance without having to increase in grade level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job with terrific benefits and travel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sigint Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sigint Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Navy gives everyone to promote and build leadership and gain technical skill

    Cons

    May require long deployments away from home

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience

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    Current Employee - Sailor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sailor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people you learn to call brother and sister. The benefits, especially leave.

    Cons

    The low pay and many back breaking hours. Still worth it, though. Always will be ups and downs. Whether you are in the military or the civilian sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work in the Federal Government

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    You get out what you put in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - E7 - Navy - Chief Petty Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are limitless. Personnel are not just a number in the crowd. You reap what you sow. Leadership opportunities are wide ranging, education benefits will pay for a degree and you get college credit for the training that you receive to do your job. Cannot beat that deal

    Cons

    Hard work is not for everyone. Families have the potential to suffer long deployments. Not taking of the advantages when they present themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget where you came from.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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