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US Navy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental while you are in the service (in 147 reviews)

  • The opportunity to travel to a country you may never have seen or thought about (in 118 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family is the only issue, but we manage the time we have very well (in 398 reviews)

  • The time away from home is not ideal, but the shore duty makes up for it (in 260 reviews)

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  1.  

    Rewarding career, but path is too scripted

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

    Pros

    Great people. Good opportunities. Best work is accomplished at sea. Leaders communicate expectations and provide honest verbal feedback on performance.

    Cons

    Staff work is slow to produce results. Zero-defect mentality creates a risk-averse culture. Too process-oriented. Career paths overly scripted. Up or out system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow junior officers to take responsibility and make decisions. Reform DOPMA to allow skilled officers to do work they enjoy for longer periods of time. Reward superior performance rather than solid performance in prescribed career paths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to retire, bad place to advance

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Working as a civilian for the US Navy is great for the salary, benefits, job security, and ability to travel around the world.

    Cons

    It has the same bureaucratic problems that plague the US government. I did not have a good experience with some co-workers and some members of management. Moving up the ladder was very hard and almost always required a lateral move to a different organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start firing bad people despite the bureaucratic hurdles and try to find new opportunities for advancement for good employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good and bad

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    Current Employee - Military Police  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Military Police in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Allot of benefits, school paid for and the amount of places you see are amazing.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop kicking out the strong leaders and
    Keeping the people who are good at taking a test.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    You could do worse, but you could also do a lot better

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

    Pros

    I traveled the world - the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I was given the opportunity to work with small handfuls of dedicated professionals, both US and foreign.

    Cons

    You have to put up with many lazy and/or incompetent people. The Navy is rife with affinity groups, focused solely on advancing DNA or sexual orientation-based agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Document poor performance, then kick out the low performers. Eliminate emphasis on race, gender and sexual orientation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    USN

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    Current Employee - Unit XO  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Unit XO in Washington, DC

    Pros

    See the world
    Nice duty stations available
    Peers usually care about what they're doing
    decent pay
    good benefits

    Cons

    no freedom
    hours can be horrific
    up or out for progression
    can be trapped at sea for months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't downgrade benefits

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great career but must love procurement

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    Former Employee - Procurement Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Procurement Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great work life balance and perks as well as career growth potential. They paid for my schooling and had some really competent coworkers and bosses. The pros certainly outweigh the cons.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy, takes a while to actually start working. It is dense organization where it can be hard at times to see who has ownership over a specific issue or where to turn to if you need help on a problem that doesn't have a subject matter expert.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have periodic improvement interviews to get a better idea of subordinates' views.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    If it fits your personality it can be a wonderful life

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

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, travel

    Cons

    Excessive travel, dangerous working conditions, micromanaging supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're isolated and out of touch. No one will give you an honest answer, so you don't even know what the problems are. Until you cross that divide you will struggle to move forward as an organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A Great Place

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    Current Employee - Flight Test Engineer  in  Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Flight Test Engineer in Patuxent River, MD

    Pros

    The government does care about it's employees and provides as much room for training and personal advancement as you desire.

    Cons

    Limited in where you can live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong management structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It has been a blessing and challenge and has stretched and expanded my desire to excel at my job accomplishment/leading.

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    Current Employee - Senior Enlisted Leader  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Enlisted Leader in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Constant Push to excel and develop leadership

    Cons

    to much variance in leadership and requirements between communities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline and organize but also remember history.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Tedious and boring. The only saving grace was the subject matter.

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    Former Employee - Museum Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Museum Specialist in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The command has a wonderful and varied historical collection and some very knowledgable people.

    Cons

    The morale is terrible as they have no people who know how to be managers and support the growth of their people. The physical environment is terrible and management does not understand the value of ensuring their employees feel included as part of the whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to know your people and provide staff the ability to contribute beyond the basics of their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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