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Naval Postgraduate School Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture, excellent work/life balance, zero stress, cutting-edge technology, fascinating research, great learning environment (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to work if you are ready to be complacent with the atmosphere here (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High cost of living in Monterey (in 4 reviews)

  • Lots of red tape of hoops for getting some things done (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Innovation and vacation time"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Seeing cutting edge research along with educating future military leaders. Some ideas and techniques are later seen in industry through vendor products. Very good amount of vacation time after a number of years of employment. Good health care.

    Cons

    Research projects depend on budget allocations every year along with government budget cuts. Available classes can depend on student preferences rather than leaders defining what is need, such as basic engineering education. There can be too much gossip and politics that make mountains out of bumps. One's job outlook can change as soon as management changes, such as a change in department chairman.


  2. "student"

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

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time

    Pros

    being a full time student is great

    Cons

    there are no downsides to being a full time student

    Advice to Management

    Update curriculum to use modern tools

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time

    Pros

    Professional work place, helping develop future leaders.

    Cons

    No real cons, look forward to coming to work.


  4. "Really great overall for the type of work."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naval Postgraduate School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a ton of work but valuable.

    Cons

    The workload is tremendous but worthwhile.


  5. "Good place to work if you are close to retirement"

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    Current Employee - Research Professor
    Current Employee - Research Professor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to work as a federal employee as a faculty member - well disciplined students and easy teaching schedules and very relaxed atmosphere. Great place to work if you are ready to be complacent with the atmosphere here. This place is great for people who are well-settled in life, close to retirement but not for young ambitious people.

    Cons

    Very little career prospective; Extremely expensive place to live (impossible to buy a house for a single income family); Management is very detached and has no interest in well-being of employees; federal bureaucracy and red tape is pushed to the extreme limit by contracting, purchasing and in general by the management. Compensation has no connection with the cost of living here.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make this place into a research and educational organization (which is the published motto of NPS) rather than just a federal workplace.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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)


  10. "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


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