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"Worth the pain"

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Former Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant
Former Employee - O3 - Navy - Lieutenant
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No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great people. Exciting work. Sense of purpose. Without a doubt some of the most amazing and talented people I've ever come across in my life. The experience will change you for the better. The world will seem different afterwards. The things most people worry about will seem trivial.

Cons

Leadership. A cog in the machine. Deployments to help senior leaders careers. Once had an Admiral complain that he was embarrassed in the pentagon around Army Generals that we were only doing an 8 month cruise while they were doing 14 month deployments. Same Admiral mentioned number of bombs dropped and number of hamburgers cooked in the same same sentence about our successful deployment. The guy cared more about metrics, his pride, and his career, then about the people spending months away from family and risking their lives. Unfortunately since the wars are limited in nature, the ethos of leaders is CYA, don't take any risk, and create metrics for your career advancement on the backs of the sailors in the fleet. There are some really good people who make O6 and above, but they are pretty few and far between.

Advice to Management

8 month cruises. Back to back deployments. Augment Tours. Surge Readiness. Just because the Army was stupid enough to destroy itself with never ending 14 month tours doesn't mean the Navy should be stupid too. Was a 2.0 presence really necessary in the Gulf. Everything is breaking down to overuse and there is no money to fix it. Like a great CO said, one generation of Admiral's builds their careers breaking the Navy, the next builds their careers fixing it. It's time for the next generation. Do less with less. Get the contractors under control. Have the integrity to retire once you are done and don't delude yourself that the defense contractor wants you because of your knowledge and not your Rolodex. Maybe then the services will stop getting such overpriced crap.

Other Employee Reviews for US Navy

  1. "Best place to acquire professional and operational skills."

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Navy provides everyone with the best opportunities.

    Cons

    Working with unprofessional and irrational people is sometimes very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the Navy has a better system for promotion and advancement in the military. From personal experience, it seems like some undeserving individuals are getting promoted because of inflated evaluations and awards.


  2. "PO2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    as long as you "play the game" correctly there are a lot of different opportunities to grow and to get into different fields of interest

    Cons

    just like any other job the people, the only difference is you have no choice to put up with some of it because of rank.

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