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NAWC Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2019

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Pros
  • "Lots of professional development opportunities; good benefits; variety of opportunities for work/research; good work/life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • "Job security and opportunities for job rotations(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 3 reviews)

  • "Also, upper management tends to work against the worker bee, while lower managements tends to go to bat for us(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NAWC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work schedule is great (flex schedule Monday-Thursday 6-4 flex Friday off working Friday 6-3 People are great and willing to help teach you jobs and give experience

    Cons

    Politics sometimes blur the vision of the mission or people’s selfishness get in the way of what’s more important

    NAWC2019-07-20
  2. "No place to grow, or develop."

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Patuxent River, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy, low stress, paycheck is always on time

    Cons

    Management likeds to be distant, constantly reminded it takes 10-15 years for undergrads to be useful/grow, extremely complex rules, no cares about you or your personal growth, high turnover, lots of superficial fixes ie: a developmental program but very few actual fixes, EXTREMELY INFLUENCED BY POLITICS.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear paths to move upwards, don't pick favorites, don't pigeon hole people

    NAWC2019-06-21
  3. "good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in China Lake, CA

    I have been working at NAWC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of professional development opportunities; good benefits; variety of opportunities for work/research; good work/life balance

    Cons

    Burden of "additional duties" with no added benefit to employee; no paid maternity leave (just FMLA); not mission funded/Navy working capital fund; distance to airport for travel

    NAWC2019-05-09
  4. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Computer Engineer in Ridgecrest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NAWC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life is great. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects over your career. Ability to interface with many other developers and you're never stuck on one project forever.

    Cons

    Some teams have the if it isn't completely broken don't fix it attitude in regards to processes and technology.

    NAWC2019-03-22
  5. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Security Specialist 

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

    Pros

    The pay is good because they know they need to incentivize moving to the mojave desert.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is infuriating. Scheduling anything is a goose chase.

    NAWC2019-03-01
  6. "Duties weren’t necessarily what I expected, but it was a fine first job."

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    I worked at NAWC

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, location isn’t so bad (close to DC, Baltimore, etc). Coworkers were great.

    Cons

    I was surprised at the lack of organization in some areas. You have to be a yes-man.

    NAWC2019-02-07
  7. "Slow paced"

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Ridgecrest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, work life balance. Most teams are pretty relaxed and people are friendly.

    Cons

    Slow processes to get anything done. Wouldn't recommend working here more than a few years if you're just starting your career. Most work is updating ancient things.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in new tools and training. It feels like there's never enough time to learn to do things right, but there's always time to do things twice.

    NAWC2019-02-05
  8. "The Cake Is A Lie!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NAWC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can have multiple careers all while staying in NAWC, and they even encourage exploration, learning other disciplines, and working in multi-functional groups.

    Cons

    They refuse to acknowledge what they lack and have a blind commitment to the past. Despite verbally encouraging progress their actions say that they do not value creative thinking and some managers seem to basically want you to shut up, keep your head down, and stay the course, even when presented with arguments that it will end in disaster. Mediocrity is expected, there is not work-life balance if you actually... are good at what you do, and there is a culture of nepotism, misogyny, and racism that some of upper management are frantically trying to clean up, but it is so deeply entrenched that some locations loose the majority of their hires within the first 2 years.

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    NAWC2019-01-23
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice benefits, not so great agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Government employees receive the LA locality pay, which is awesome. Benefits, health insurance, etc is nice.

    Cons

    * Middle of nowhere. That locality bonus? It gets destroyed when you need to go to the city for everything. * Work environment is awful. Employees are loud, gossiping, and it feels like some never left high school. * The work is mundane and repetitive. Please enjoy the templated experience. * Management will ask a lot of the people who pull their weight and will gladly run those people into the ground. *... Extremely linear career path.

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    Advice to Management

    * Take some actual business courses and learn how to manage people. * Pay employees to skill and educational background, not to try and offend the sensibilities of the less educated. * Support the mission and not yourselves.

    NAWC2019-01-07
  10. "Top Perfromers are not always recognized"

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    Current Employee - Cybersecurity in Patuxent River, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Flex Fridays - Benefits - Stability

    Cons

    The Scientific and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) pay plan hinders top performers from earning a higher salary once the upper limit of a pay band is reached. NAWCAD does not seem to be awarding large bonuses for performance to competent cybersecurity workforce members. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy issued on July 12, 2016, details Government wide actions to identify, expand, recruit, develop..., retain, and sustain a capable and competent cybersecurity workforce in key functional areas to address complex and ever-evolving cyber threats. Agency leaders can award up to 25 percent of annual pay bonus for retaining a top performing employee. Being capped out in my current pay band getting a rating of 3 and a bonus of 4K just seems odd and a bit of a backhanded gesture. I had no reason to receive a 3 rating when I have been a 4 for several years other than I am at a control point in my band and no salary increase will be awarded but on the other hand let’s give a 4K bonus which is a slap in the face to someone with advanced degrees and certifications in cybersecurity. That small of a bonus is not a retention incentive if anything it sends a clear message that I can do better elsewhere.

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    Advice to Management

    Break down the competency fiefdoms that have been put in place by the deadwood senior leaders that exists within the organization. Recognize performance with meaningful awards/compensation. Look at the controls points within pay bands and get away from the GS mindset.

    NAWC2019-01-08
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