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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated October 11, 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. "Full time engineer at NSWC Crane"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Crane, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Crane, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    good benefits, can travel to neat places

    Cons

    bureaucracy, little care for the employee (you're just a number), not many design opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bureaucracy and undeeded time wasters.


  2. "Great job to retire into, mediocre job to grow a career"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Port Hueneme, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Port Hueneme, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very lax work schedule, doesn't require a lot of effort to be above average at your job.

    Cons

    Travel can become burdensome. New Federal Travel Regulations make travel very difficult.

    The good ol' boys network is strong, and finding the right clique to fit in with can be difficult since many of them are culturally based.

    Raises barely keep up with inflation.

    Even on pay demo, the motivation to work hard is not there since the pay differential at the end of the year is at most $1,000 in your salary. The system is insufficient to motivate hard work.

    Too difficult to fire those who do not produce. Instead, they get passed on from branch to branch.

    Mandatory computer based training is the most important assignment you'll ever have while working there. Nothing is tracked as meticulously as CBT.

    Organization is highly focused on potlucks and holiday party fundraisers. Workforce is highly encourage to participate in events to contribute to a better Christmas party with better raffle gifts.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on merit, not based on who goes to happy hour with you. Listen to feedback from the front lines, and incorporate that into management strategy.

  3. "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay I guess

    Cons

    Really boring, would not recommend


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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).


  6. 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.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ok there is a lot of leave.

    Cons

    Bad the Pay increases are not easy to get.

  8. "Mechanical Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Some nice people, interesting work, stability in the fact that it's always well funded

    Cons

    Very hard to advance, resources are sometimes lacking for creativity because of typical red tape, very little guidance and stagnation is a real condition.


  9. "Great job security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    you will actually never get fired from a job at crane. It's almost impressive. They also do great work for people that matter.

    Cons

    Management is an old boys club. Most people don't do any work. Everyone hates change. You won't get paid as much as you could get paid anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Change something up. Make sure that pay and advancements are merit based and rewards are given to those that actually deserve them.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "You'll hate going to work."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Panama City, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance but there isn't anything to do in Panama City
    Benefits are nice

    Cons

    Work is extremely dissatisfying
    Pay is low
    Very disorganized but tries so hard to look like it is
    Takes forever to get anything done
    Engineers are glorified technicians
    Gov benefits are OVER-RATED


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