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  • "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)

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  • "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. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work and good place to start your career - but needs serious reformation"

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    Current Employee - Computer Scientist in Ventura, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - infinite job security unless you lack common sense - essentially guaranteed (very small) raises - extremely good & affordable healthcare and benefits - a bunch of other benefits that I don't even know about (paid or part time still being paid masters/phd in any field you'd like, Navy facility use, etc) - 9/80 work schedule - ridiculously good work-life balance - very relaxed and low-stress environment... (for the most part) - you can work and learn and develop yourself at your own pace - great place to start your career - flexibility wealth of experiences through new grad (ESDP) program, allowing you to do rotations between departments and pick the one you like the best - actually very interesting and meaningful work that really needs to get done and SHOULD be done by you (the government employee) - strong potential for advancement in the ladder if you stick around long enough

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    Cons

    - pay is way below market average, raises are by seniority/time and not by performance - you essentially do not get any recognition for your performance unless you play politics - large bureaucratic inefficiencies overall - multiple departments are essentially building the same thing over and over again and competing against each other - technology CAN be very outdated and potential to get to industry standard is... slow - you might be doing NO work at all depending on what department you're working at - following on that, you have to do an extremely large amount of worthless mind-bogging government training - the location is terrible if you're in China Lake (unless you like that kinda thing)

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    Advice to Management

    You need to communicate properly between departments to build something useful instead of having zero coordination. MOST importantly, you need to get rid of the seniority pay system/salary ceilings if you actually want to keep anyone - every good candidate that starts out as a new grad will leave and just use this place as a stepping stone. This is very unfortunate in the grand scheme of things, because all... the real military technology work SHOULD be done in-house in the government instead of being outsourced out to defense contractors, who inefficiently utilize taxpayer money to do work that could be done in a much more cost and time-efficient manner. I actually WANT to keep working here for moral reasons, since if defense work will continue to need to be done, it SHOULD be done within the government and not by politicians giving out fat contracts to contractors.

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    NAWC2018-05-13
  2. "Navair China Lake"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in China Lake, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    China Lake has many different technical opportunities to choose from. There is a great deal of job security, and a great deal of opportunity to guide your career in the direction you'd like.

    Cons

    At times it can be difficult to get funded for training. I've also had issues navigating political conflict instead of being able to focus more on the technical issues that interest me.

    Advice to Management

    It would be a great help to the China Lake and Pax River communities if communication and team building were prioritized on the base.

    NAWC2017-12-11
  3. "Great Opportunities with NAWC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NAWC full-time

    Pros

    Job security and opportunities for job rotations

    Cons

    Lower salary in comparison to private industry

    NAWC2017-11-20
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, Slow work"

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    Current Employee - Physicist ESDP in Point Mugu NAWC, CA
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    I have been working at NAWC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You work less than 40 hours a week, get 2 fridays per month off because its a flex friday schedule, and 10 federal holidays. It's very easy and pretty common for people to have a moonlighting gig or serious hobby after work which is cool. In addition every paycheck comes with 8 hours of paid leave and you'd be surprised how fast that adds up. The work for a new ESDP (Engineering Scientist Development Program) is... pretty chill and not very stressful at all. They rotate you around different departments and I've done everything from Geophysics, Electronic Warfare, and GPS Systems in that order. No one gets fired except for timecard fraud or physical violence so you have even more job security than a tenured professor or CPA. You get military discounts for everything from gas, to haircuts, to lift tickets, and even basketball games. This is the most tolerant place I've ever worked. People assume there's political talk and beef working in the military but contrary to popular beleif the government treats all its employees like grey cubes and no one ever gets mistreated. People are friendly, from around the country, and extremely respectful.

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    Cons

    There's a pretty good chance eventually you'll start coming into work with nothing to do, literally nothing on your task list from the chain of command. This can be seen as a pro but it also leads to boredom, and the unsatisfying feeling when someone asks "What do you do at work?" And the first thing that pops into my head is "nothing..." Not to mention the slow pace of the acquisition cycle: Let's say you work... on a project that gets approved and funded in 2020. You won't see it materialize or even begin to get deployed until 2025. Your pay is lower than average for this type of work, if you were working at a giant defense contractor or in the private sector you'd probably be getting about $10,000 more per year. If you end up working here you're going to have the choice to work in Ridgecrest, CA or Point Mugu, CA. I would choose the latter, Ridgecrest is in the middle of f***ing nowhere where they do ordinance testing and cooler projects, but after the workday you're in this tiny hick desert town with nothing to do.

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    NAWC2017-11-14
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good 1st job"

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    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Lakehurst, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy going, opportunities for training and certifications, automatic salary increases due to the steps in the GS payscale, great job security, excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    Depending on your location, upward mobility can be difficult (especially true for Lakehurst). Very political culture, innovation is hindered due to "swimlane" issues. Scope of work is limited as contractors due most of the hands on engineering and design so NAWC employees are stuck with the systems engineering and reviews. Some of the trainings are a waste of time. Paperwork as usual since it is a government... agency/institution

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the toxic political culture so you can foster innovation. Provide opportunities for growth.

    NAWC2017-03-04
  6. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NAWC

    Pros

    Job security is number one. You don't have to worry about your job going away when a contract ends. The hours are flexible and overtime pay or comp time is guaranteed for any hours over your 80 hours per two-week pay period.

    Cons

    No cons. You just have to be willing to work a decent day for a decent day's pay. You only get out of it what you put into it.

    Advice to Management

    None.

    NAWC2016-09-11
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent job security and benefits, meaningful defense work"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Patuxent River, MD
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NAWC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location, working hours for civilian employees include flex-time (every other Friday off if you work 9hr+ days). Job security as a Government Servant Civilian and good pay. Very supportive local businesses and community. Family friendly and good services on base.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, like all govt sector work. Recent job security scare with Congressional Sequester and potential talk about further BRAC actions - though I do not think Pax River NAS is in danger of being put on BRAC list, some organizations could relocate depending on decisions made.

    Advice to Management

    keep looking for ways to reduce the bureaucracy, decrease time to award contracts

    NAWC2014-08-03
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Experience as civil service engineer with over 30 years experience at NAVAIR."

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Point Mugu NAWC, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pockets of interesting technical work. Job security, good training opportunities, liberal leave policies. Relatively easy for engineer to get lateral transfers to different areas of work.

    Cons

    Mind numbing bureaucracy. Much of management would be considered administrators, not managers - these administrators are risk averse, not dynamic thinkers, there to simply enforce rules.

    Advice to Management

    Reward and recognize excellent employees and terminate under-performing employees (very difficult to do).

    NAWC2014-01-27
  9. Helpful (1)

    "big bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Research Psychologist in Orlando, FL
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NAWC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of people to meet, great place to retire from - great job security.

    Cons

    way too much red tape. So much paperwork and approvals - waste of time.

    NAWC2013-08-09
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