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Naval Postgraduate School Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work culture, interesting research (in 3 reviews)

  • You can get to see and participate in top-notch research projects (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Not to mention that over the last four years there hasn't been cost-of-living increase -- functionally giving me a pay cut every year (in 3 reviews)

  • Lots of red tape of hoops for getting some things done (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School full-time

    Pros

    Great experience and lot of works

    Cons

    Not much time to relax


  2. "NPS"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    BEST place to work and Federal benefits

    Cons

    No stock options or bonus plans but that's true for all civilian servant jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Great job! Best place to work in Monterey county.


  3. "Excellent Educational Institution in Paradise"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional staff, excellent learning environment, exceptional location

    Cons

    High cost of living in Monterey


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  5. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Monterey, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Academic Environment is stimulating, engaging yet flexible. (I teach)

    Cons

    Not many, Monterey is a very expensive place to live. (Although I still like Monterey)


  6. "Great Opportunity for Military Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent work/ family balance
    - Interaction with mid grade officers at a point when they need guidance
    - Where else can you go for a run on the beach at lunch time

    Cons

    - Hiring Freeze creating a shortage in Civilian Personnel
    - Opportunity to travel overseas to locations you have never seen on a modern map

    Advice to Management

    - Allow Military Faculty to lead programs historically lead by PhDs
    - Integrate current best practices into theoretical teaching


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The professors and staff are all highly motivated, supportive, and talented

    Cons

    In some places, management can feel quite political in nature


  8. "Beautiful Location, Political Issues Abound"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School part-time

    Pros

    The campus itself is beautiful.

    Cons

    Given that this is a Navy-run facility (and thus under the purview of the Federal Government) the atmosphere can be very political and steeped in red tape. This is to be expected, but the severity of this can be very jarring for a civilian.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with the mission - don't try to be something you're not. NPS is not a civilian university, and efforts to make it more like one are misguided.


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    "Great leadership and used to be a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in Monterey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, some very good colleagues, excellent senior leadership (president, provost, chief of staff); Monterey is a great location; some people really care about your career success; students, especially internationals, bring wonderful experiences and ideas to the classroom; research, until the past few years, has been encouraged at a reasonable university level with a decent amount of intellectual choice and freedom. Note that the CEO listed on this page is WAY outdated -- 2012.

    Cons

    Poor and combative support both inside NPS and from the Department of the Navy; constant message that we are all cheaters and liars (many of these messages coming from the Navy civilians in Washington, DC); complete lack of professionalism to include being treated like low-level government employees who exemplify the stereotype of lazy, non-productive workers; cost of living exorbitant relative to salaries; the negatives just keep coming after years and years. Only reason I am still there is I'm too close to retirement age to leave. I have been at NPS for more than 20 years and had hoped to retire from the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Move the support directorates back into supporting rather than driving roles. Mission is driven by support functions not education. Continue to push for diversified student and research functions. Start to treat faculty as professionals. Stop ignoring everything from parking to time wasting for faculty. Get back to mission without eating up all our time in administrivia. You are driving away everyone who can go somewhere else who does not have a different reason for staying in Monterey.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Academic environment, good people. The location is great and there is a telework possibility

    Cons

    Uncertainty over Navy plans for the School


  11. "Definitely will keep you on your toes and relevant to what is happening within the government."

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    Former Employee - Employee in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with all military branches. Having the opportunity to see how technology is changing in the field and how important it is to stay ahead of the curve.

    Cons

    Very top heavy in management. To easy for civilians to make up a positions due to a lack of military counter parts.

    Advice to Management

    Create a succession tree. The command allows to many employees to become the only form of corporate knowledge. Remove the glass ceiling.



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