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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated November 7, 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "Excellent!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at NSWC Dahlgren is a fantastic career move and opportunity. There is a vast amount of diverse and exciting projects that go on all the time.

    Cons

    The city itself is extremely small and might necessitate a long commute if that is not your thing.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not recommended for anyone who wants satisfaction from their work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Port Hueneme CBC Base, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Port Hueneme CBC Base, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you want to sit around doing nothing and can make it past the try out period, you will have it set
    Generous leave policy (except no maternity/paternity)
    Pride in working for your country

    Cons

    If you have a good work ethic, management will do their best to burn you out to make up for useless people
    Engineers have limited opportunities to do engineering and there is no career path for technical work (despite being called an engineering station)
    Pay not competitive with private industry
    Hiring will be frozen while budgets increase, ensuring long work hours
    Personnel are expected to travel 6-8 months out of the year, sometimes for months on end
    Management (particularly in uniform) prioritize their careers over doing the right thing for the taxpayer, warfighters, or their own employees.
    Basic things take forever (6 months to get a cell phone, 12+ months to hire a new employee who quits a year later)

    Advice to Management

    Create career paths for engineers
    Incentivize management to the right priorities


  7. "Small Community"

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    Former Employee - US Navy in Dahlgren, VA
    Former Employee - US Navy in Dahlgren, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    My last year was actually 1990, however my kids still live in the area so I do visit the area still. The on base community was very small and everyone was close but at the same time to many people knew your business, close enough to DC Baltimore or Richmond and actually not far from the mountains either. Some good seafood restaurants in the area. Enjoyed my 3 years assigned there for the most part. Government Jobs

    Cons

    Used to have to drive to Fredericksburg or Waldorf to do any shopping outside of groceries, the area has improved in some way with a Walmart and other business in the area now and a few hotels. weekends not much to do in the area, Pricey for housing now since they have been building up, many commuters to the bigger cities for better $$, Government Jobs are really the only good paying jobs, lots of Techy work long with other sensitive government work for a small place

  8. "Location and Division matters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great job security, great benefits

    Cons

    Poor Pay, Poor managment, no growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Make pay, and performance equitable with private and across the command


  9. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Job Security
    Flexible time schedule from 5AM - 6PM

    Cons

    Low Pay
    In the middle of no where


  10. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Real Responsibility
    - Great Experience
    - Promotion Potential
    - Great Government Benefits
    - Meaningful work
    - Great Training opportunities
    - Lots of Travel

    Cons

    Bureaucratics is a huge part of your work and effort. Management doesn't provide their employees with the resources to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work for their employees, instead of the other way around.


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