US Navy Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. U.S. Navy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Be more flexible


  2. Lots of Responsibility with Adequate Compensation and Good Benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Would not recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Navy

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

    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 Management

    Stop backstabbing and playing favorites


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  5. Positive fulfilling experience over 24 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Navy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Patuxent River, MD

    I have been working at US Navy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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


  7. Organization turned into political mania...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT2 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT2 in Washington, DC

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Great Opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - LCDR in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - LCDR in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Navy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Teamwork, Dedication, Best mission in the world

    Cons

    Work never stops
    Danger
    Mission often superseded by off duty volunteerism

    Advice to Management

    Focus on mission and not politics


  9. Great mission; Great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Great overall experienec

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Military in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Great opportunities if you put in the effort.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Trust your Saliors.



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