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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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  • there is a lot of red tape that can really slow down good work (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "Contract Accounting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Telework and varying work tasks

    Cons

    Not too many clubs or activities for younger adults on base


  2. "Good Goal, Mundane Jib"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Dahlgren, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Dahlgren, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits - excellent insurance, on site gym, and retirement.
    Work life balance - easy to collect pocket hours, very flexible schedule, and traveling only when you want to.

    Cons

    Location - there is nothing here at all...
    Salary growth - good starting salary due to location increase, but slow career growth.
    Old technologies -

    Advice to Management

    Consider promoting those in technical positions to senior technical roles, not management. Too many of us like working in tech, and we are penalized for not losing all skill and moving to management.

  3. "unmanaged chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    location, compensation, travel, technology opportunities, flexible time

    Cons

    -poor management structure
    -poor/non-existent conflict resolution
    -no coherent organizational division of responsibilities that supports modern technology trends
    -increasing regulations layered with repetitive CYA processes

    Advice to Management

    foster technical diversity in your engineers by relaxing the rigid AORs, a computer doesn't always require a computer scientist from a separate part of the organization to follow directions or to understand what it does and how its needed in the larger system. you may get more cohesion if there wasn't such an environment where there isn't a clear ownership of a project. We need clear boundaries that allow separate but coordinated, imagine being able to submit a request across divisions for a design or a piece of a system without that turning into a contest and the other division trying to co-opt and take over....thats probably a big reason so many systems are contracted out, subconsciously or not, because the moment the lines between branches and divisions are crossed it immediately becomes a dog fight. as a thought exercise, imagine a smart bulb needed to be installed, it has networking, software, hardware, electricity, mechanics, and an interface device...now imagine each specialty wanting to impose their own way of doing business on it. In reality smart bulbs come with manuals and are trivial for all but people set in there ways(older people who are not comfortable with technology). given all the specs and requirements to be met to install that light bulb there is no need to complicate the matter by having rogue agents co-opting the process because it doesn't fit their opinion or satisfy their ego. develop and publicize a technical mediation process with an internal committee and make it accessible at all levels. enforce the decisions.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great for people who want to settle down, not so much for young folk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norco, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most positions at NAVSEA Corona allows flexible hours. Very stable job. A lot to learn in the first year.

    Cons

    The Acquisition Readiness department is not a good place to start for those that are young, fresh out of college. After about two years under this department, the work can become monotonous and boring.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees, not just the few people that you like.


  9. "Computer Scientist"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Work is challenging, benefits are really good.

    Cons

    sometimes difficult to get things done due to bureaucratic processes.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fredericksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fredericksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Horizontal move abilities, compensated higher education, good base pay and locality pay

    Cons

    Resource constrained, lack of accountability in some employees and lack of leadership dealing with this.


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