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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • Big Navy, big government equals red tape (in 8 reviews)

  • Serious lack of leadership/mentorship (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Telework Opportunities
    Overburdening regulations
    manager quality is hit / miss

    Cons

    Inconsistent application of rules / regulations as well as benefits or access to special programs.
    Poor IT infrastructure & resources

    Advice to Management

    Hire outside of the area and refuse to allow related parties to work in the same department.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not Good For Young Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Norco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Norco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Laid back work/environment
    -Good pay for entry level
    -Good benefits
    -Good vacation and sick time
    -Pension
    -Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Your brain will rot away. Need to be extremely self-motivated or a go-getter here. Very very easy to become lazy and complacent here. If you want to be an engineer in the world then do not come here.

    Serious lack of leadership/mentorship. You'll kind of be expected to know things or learn them on your own because no one will really teach you anything. Management picks favorites and if you aren't a favorite then good luck being noticed or getting much work.

    There's a lot to learn and it doesn't make sense at times.

    Hard to get fired here which you would think is a pro, but all that means is that it's hard to get promoted here unless someone quits or retires. Work is mundane and not challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Mentor your employees better and make sure they understand things.

  3. "Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Variety of interesting projects. Government job, so yearly promotions and good benefits.

    Cons

    Government job, so not rewarded for outstanding work and less motivation to work hard.


  4. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Panama City, FL
    Former Employee - Designer in Panama City, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Only pro would be earning leave and the beach

    Cons

    Work is extremely dissatisfying(PowerPoint factory)

    No quality standards and lack of vision

    Extremely ambiguous atmosphere and tons of good old boy mentality and pretentious attitudes. Gossip is non-stop. Public belittling in front of customers from the top down.
    Massive egos and one-uppers.

    Pay is low: HR will low ball one GS pay grade below the equivalent Demo NT grade. So, if the Demo grade is NT-4 (GS 11-12) they'll pay GS 10. Which is around 7k less than a GS 11 with the same locality pay. Now you'll have to haggle just to earn the standard pay you would had if you stayed GS.

    Very disorganized but tries so hard to look like it is.

    Doesn't understand file naming conventions, blames MS for the character limit on file names.

    Everything takes forever to get done.

    Off the shelf products advertised as internal development. Similar to designing a phone app and then telling everyone you made the iPhone.

    Many EEO complaints and lawsuits

    Benefits are OVER-RATED

    Bottom line: If you're talented and ambitious need not apply.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being complacent and reactivate and start being proactive.

    Really listen to your employee feedback and make the changes. Age and color should not play a factor.

    Promotion through attrition does not equal quality management or leadership. It means you have problem.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Good coworkers and interesting projects

    Cons

    Dealing with occasional government bureaucracy.


  6. "A great first professional job!"

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    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Crane, IN
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Specialist in Crane, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement if you have management support. I held a position with an interesting variety of responsibilities. Great federal benefits.

    Cons

    Like any job, your happiness and success are largely dependant upon management. I had good management, but I knew others who didn't.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to value your employees.


  7. "Excellent US Government Employer"

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    Current Employee - Commanding Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Commanding Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Highly focused on a mission with meaning supporting the American warfighter.
    -Robust job opportunities in numerous technical fields.
    -Opportunities for rotation within overall command.
    -Excellent employee support through training, education, and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    -Remote rural location, however easy access (30min) to Bloomington, IN, where Indiana University is located.
    -Services on the installation (food, gas, etc...) are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on quality of work/life improvement initiatives.

  8. "USG Position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Travel, schedule, supporting our fleet

    Cons

    government bureaucracy, lack of communication


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management Issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Job stability, regular hours, regular raises

    Cons

    Poor management, limited opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Remove ineffective managers


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work with the opportunity to work on anything you like. Whether it be working in the field or in a cubicle there is a job that suits everyone. Just be vocal about what you want and prove you're capable of achieving that.

    Cons

    People have a tendency to get stuck doing work they don't want to do. Sometimes it's just a temporary thing but other times it's not fighting for what they want.

    Advice to Management

    Really talk to your people especially the quieter ones to find out what they want and what they're good at. You might be surprised.


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