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US Navy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
265 Reviews
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265 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.  

    Great! As a Navy cyrptologist I was exposed to cutting edge technology.

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    Former Employee - Cryptologist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cryptologist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Great place to learn a valuable skill and leadership.

    Cons

    Time away from home and love ones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always push your people to be more than they think thier limits are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Junior Officer

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    Former Employee - Junior Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Junior Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenges and travel. Broad and fast responsibility. Expected to adapt using training and education. Responsible for budget, people, operational skills and projects.

    Cons

    Rigid dress code. Not investing for future. Hurt by interpretation of Goldwater-Nichols. Leadership dominated by Political Correctness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how you want to fight and what you want to fight with. Then, get it from Congress.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Supply Corps Officer

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    Former Employee - Supply Corps Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Supply Corps Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Valuable training over a broad spectrum of specialties that are very marketable in post Navy life. For the most part every Supply Officer is willing to help out a fellow Supply professional. Very good community as a whole.

    Cons

    Time away from home and family, continuous relocation every two to three years, and very dependent on the current fiscal environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the old school ways are on their way out, who you know and where have you worked should never out weight great job performance in the tough 1 of 1 jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good so far

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Bureaucracy takes up a lot of time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Navy Intelligence Officer

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    Former Employee - US Navy Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - US Navy Intelligence Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great Chance to serve your country. Interesting job path, plenty of opportunities to see the world. The mission is great, and you help your fellow Americans. Solid pay as compared to peers if you graduated from a middle-tier university. Excellent health plan.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the worst sort of people tend to stay in the military till retirement. The intelligence community is to full of folks who want to prove that they are "real" soldiers/sailors, and thus focus way to much time on appearances at the expense of getting the job done. No retirement benefits for anyone who stays in less than 20 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To much power over personnel decisions vested in relatively junior officers. Excess bureaucracy, and too much resistance to change from civil servants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    its a great company

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    Current Employee - US Navy Officer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - US Navy Officer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    great people and great kit make the deployments easier

    Cons

    long deployments are getting longer and pay is decreasing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your sailors, don;t keep tweaking compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    U.S. Navy

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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

    great work environment, myriad opportunities, upward mobility opportunities are various! Great place to start a career and finish or move on from.

    Cons

    Time away from home and must move around the world quite a bit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Lots of Responsibility with Adequate Compensation and Good Benefits

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    Current Employee - US Navy Pilot in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - US Navy Pilot in Patuxent River, MD

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

    Pros

    Travel. Compensation has always been just enough to keep you happy and satisfied. No cost medical for entire family.

    Cons

    Frequent deployments away from family. Work-life balance varies depending on job within the organization, but typical career path will take you to jobs that require you to travel away from home for large periods of time. The unfortunate thing is that the peaks of job satisfaction are when you're farthest from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to eliminate the administrative minutia from people's lives. Strive to retain people. Very often, the actions and deeds of the service pretty blatantly demonstrate to service members that they are nothing more than just a number and the service does not care about them and they do not wish to retain them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Would not recommend

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Navy

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Disorganized. Hard work, mostly because of disorganization and inefficiency, not because the work is actually difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop backstabbing and playing favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Positive fulfilling experience over 24 years

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    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Navy

    Pros

    Have enjoyed leadership opportunities, excellent compensation and benefits, and the opportunities for travel and experiences likely not achievable outside the military. Have greatly benefitted from educational opportunities leading to advanced degrees.

    Cons

    Many long hours and overseas ship deployments over a 20+ year career. Billets at operational commands exact a high toll on family time while home/inport and much time while away at sea and/or on deployment. Military culture nowadays is doing more with much less moving to doing less with less as continual budget cuts and fiscal challenges affect military readiness across nearly all aspects of the mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure military benefits (retirement pay, commissary privileges) stay intact despite the fiscal challenges to ensure a high quality all-volunteer force.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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