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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

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

  • It seemed that most of the interesting engineering work were given to contractors while the government was just doing the high level project management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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
    Recommends
    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.


  3. "Government Employee"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Indian Head, MD
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Indian Head, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job security, Benefits, work schedule flexibility.

    Cons

    Government redundancy. That is all I can say.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management is high speed and care about their people.


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  5. "Very intelligent and friendly people who love their job and their country."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, great benefits, holidays and communities of interest are all pros. It also gives you a sense of service.

    Cons

    The morning and afternoon traffic is pretty rough. Getting in early helps with traffic on both ends of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard and doing a great job!


  6. "Awesome place to work except the minor cons"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really good benefits, retirement and financial aid for career development, Bachelors, masters, Phds, etc. Atmosphere and people are really nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Limited advancement in your career if your planning to stay in a technical field. Most ways to work up the ladder is through management positions. Yearly bonuses and salary increase are limited and competitive


  7. "System Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great managers

    Cons

    Improve on the technical leadership. . Management tends to implement too many technical suggestions when they are not necessarily the best ideas. Not all ideas can co-exist.

    Advice to Management

    Not all ideas are great. Improve on technical leadership. Constructive criticism can be positive while fostering the new generation to think critically at the same time.


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    "Bureaucracy squared"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Great benefits
    - Generous vacation
    - People are nice for the most part

    Cons

    - Crushing bureaucracy that makes it very difficult for scientists and engineers to do their work, much less innovate.
    - Extremely weak and non-technical management that is completely powerless to fight back against idiotic bureaucracy.
    - There are very few people who are motivated to keep up with advances in their fields. It is very difficult to get permission to attend professional conferences. And when you do have the ambition to learn something new, the crushing red tape will convince you it just isn't worth it, and you likely resign yourself to 9-5 collecting a paycheck and going with the status quo, like most people do.
    - If you are an extremely talented technical person that expects management to bring you problems the Navy needs solved, you'll be vastly undervalued and underutilized. Corporate management provides little to no leadership. Their idea of the ideal employee is one who combines technical, managerial and marketing expertise in one person. To advance, management expects you to go out and sell your services to external customers, and to bring in money. Getting funding is really all management cares about. A shy and retiring technical genius? Forget about this place and look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    NAVSEA simply isn't competent to run a science and engineering organization. Someone with some real technical expertise and clout is needed to protect the warfare centers from the high-level bureaucrats (perhaps use NRL as a model).
    The Working Capital Funding approach is a disaster for the warfare centers. The base of technical expertise is eroding rapidly. No one is looking after the corporate knowledge base, and everyone is focused on doing just enough to make a particular program work. Because that is all that is funded, not the mission of the warfare center (if anyone knows what that is).


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    "Need to focus more on interns"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Crane, IN
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Crane, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was decent, and the benefits were pretty good. There was plenty of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    A lot of the interns (including myself) were cast aside as their mentors worked on different projects. It did not allow for technical growth as much as an intern would hope for, and it did not allow for us to believe that we belonged on the project.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the departments that receive interns will utilize them to the best of their ability. Otherwise, it is a waste of time and money for both the intern and the employers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, government holidays and discounts, generous leave.

    Cons

    Is a large bureaucracy, regulatory parts are detached and hostile at times, tail wags the dog, hard to get things done, hard to make purchases or do many things with money.

    Advice to Management

    Most management has no real power to make changes. Highest levels of management need to get away from yes-men and start deciding if they want productivity or orwellianism.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "If you have any ambition at all, RUN THE OTHER WAY!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Panama City, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent health care benefits, onsite gym, generous sick leave.

    Cons

    Arbitrary rules, management picks winners and losers, incompetent managers are never fired.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the dead wood and start innovating. The only reason why you can remain stagnant is because you are guaranteed funding via the taxpayer.


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