US Navy Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 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.  

    My experience has been very good. Your mileage may vary....

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good medical (for now), excellent retirement benefits (for now), reasonable hours (ashore), international travel, unbelievable experiences at sea, diverse workforce, and you get to work with some of the greatest people you'll ever meet. You can (and will) do great things in the Navy you will never, ever get to do anywhere else. Potential for free education. Some training is outstanding.

    Cons

    Pay envy (I had to manage a civilian who brought home much more than I did), seniority-based pay structure, long hours at sea (but what else are you going to do at sea?), obsolete and unevenly enforced physical fitness standards, crowded bases with rapidly closing amenities. Uneven training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let Congress use our benefits as a "bill payer". The benefits are what keeps some of your best and brightest in until 20, especially after more than a decade at war.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work but lots of bureaucratic nonsense to put up with

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

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

    Pros

    The Navy is involved in building incredible systems using cutting edge technology. I worked with unmanned systems, which I just loved. It feels good to support National Defense. Over the course of nearly 30 years, I have had major ups and downs. Your job satisfaction/work life is highly dependent on your 1st & 2nd level management, same as any job I guess. Good thing about being a federal employee, you have alot of protection from losing your job over a bad fit with a boss. Over all, it's been a good experience.

    Cons

    The flip side to having alot of job protection, the federal government doesn't have alot of flexibility to reward high achievers. Best they can do is promote you into another position until you reach one that is above your ability (the Peter Principle). Then you hate your work life. Hard chargers should probably stay in the private sector.
    The bureaucracy can be maddening. Lots of distractions to accomplishing your actual job. Working for the federal government can be very intrusive into your life, i.e., financial reporting, background investigations, travel limitations.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    An incredible experience!

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

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

    Pros

    Huge responsibilities with great job satisfaction

    Cons

    Separation from family due to deployments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exceeded my expectations!

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    Current Employee - Photojournalist/Broadcast Journalist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Photojournalist/Broadcast Journalist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The training and opportunities are boundless in today's Navy. You also have the opportunity to see the world. I've been to 58 different countries and all seven continents in just 10 years! Highly recommend.

    Cons

    Rank structure can get tiresome, and your senior officers/senior enlisted can and will abuse their authority - especially in your first few years of service. You are also on call 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to expand educational opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Navy Supply Corps

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

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

    Pros

    A fantastic career. Educational, international, opportunities abound to challenge my leadership ability and shape my leadership style. Best 26 year career I could ever imagine.

    Cons

    Time away from family is the only drawback ... pay could be better for the junior enlisted personnel. Promotion is time based vice performance based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the promotion process.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Life changing Navy experience

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    Former Employee - Captain  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Captain in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Leadership, a career that mattered, travel, amazing coworkers, service to our country, fun!

    Cons

    Lots of moves, dealing with Congressional ineptitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more entreprenurial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I enjoy working for the navy because of the sense of mission.

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

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

    Pros

    There is a strong sense of mission, good work life balance and great coworkers. This is a good place to wrok.

    Cons

    Have to watch out for the old boys network. The job can require very long hours if the need arises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must be more flexible and provide opportunities for growth for middle management personnel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    New engineer with lots of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer  in  Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Patuxent River, MD

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots to offer through ESDP. Professional, volunteer and personal development opportunities such as rotations within the organization and courses. Pays for tuition for advanced degree. Benefit of seeing fruits of labor in daily flyovers.

    Cons

    Hard to understand how exactly you fit in the broader organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Career

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    Former Employee - Sailor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sailor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Solid Career, constant job, see exciting places.

    Cons

    Millions of hours and low pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Generous compensation, limited scope in engineering

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    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer  in  Lexington Park, MD
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Lexington Park, MD

    I have been working at US Navy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Navair has a relatively flexible schedule, generous compensation for entry level engineers relative to the private sector, and it has a collaborative environment. Since promotions are primarily pegged to time, colleagues and peers tend to be more open and willing to teach/mentor rather than hoard information and responsibilities

    Cons

    The "cool" work is done upstream at the contractor facilities. At Navair we dont have the same insight/influence on engineering decisions that the OEM engineers do. Also, the bureaucratic nature of Defense Acquisition results in extended program schedules, numerous (and often redundant testing) and overall a glacial pace of development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of tests/system reviews and support the decisions of your team at a lower level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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