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Newport News Shipbuilding Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Unique opportunity to work on nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines, which defend our freedom (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits for a young family (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • HR creates a culture of fear; limited potential for improvement; dwindling benefits; no raises; upper management doesn't seem to care about employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Large company with a lot of bureaucracy (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Nurse on call"

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Nurse in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay was great for home care company .

    Cons

    Paperwork was ridiculous all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease redundant paperwork .


  2. "Use as a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Average starting salary
    - Only required to work standard 40 hr work week
    - can be used as a stepping stone when looking for next position

    Cons

    - Work can be extremely boring and monotonous
    - No opportunities for advancement
    - Terrible corporate culture - felt like a robot
    - Pay raises are minimal
    - parking is ridiculous and no effort has been made to alleviate the issue
    - never once asked what my career goals were, and to me this says a lot about the environment

    Advice to Management

    - too many VPs and Directors
    - promote good people no matter what the numbers say
    - have more employee engagement opportunities
    - implement new ideas to encourage younger employees to stay


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Navy Part 2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security (unless you're a complete waste of space or cheating work time.
    Deal with the Navy folk (the people were always the best part).

    No one will curse you for asking questions. Integrity and knowing what you're doing are valued, and the team spirit encourages each other.

    Cons

    Pay is based on comparable jobs, which means we only get adjusted higher to fit the allowable band when federal shipyards get raises. My pay dropped significantly going from E-6 to a Tech. 3.

    Communication sucks. And I have made a valiant effort to fix what I can where I can.

    Hours are completely unpredictable. You might be starting nights tomorrow. You might work 70 hours this week. Next week no overtime will be allowed at all. That job got cancelled, so yours is being done, and you'll stay until it's done. Like I said, Navy Part 2.

    Because it's publicly owned, the quarterly reports will always win over everything else. Right now there are no pay raises or tuition assistance (for 3 years). A LOT of people got laid off, since there's a lull in work. But if you're not on the board, you don't matter.

    Want to advance your career? Are you the perfect candidate for a job? I'm sure the manager of that department would love to have you, but there's a solid chance that they'll never even see your application and resume because HR pilfered through them first, deeming themselves to understand enough about anything to know who's best for what job.
    Ok, so you can't change departments, but your boss said that you'd get that new opportunity in your department, while looking you in the eyes and smiling. I hope that works out for someone.

    Advice to Management

    Tell Petters to stop emailing me about how great the stocks are doing. I don't care. Every email you send reminds me what is truly important to you, and it's not your employees.

    Like any place, there are great managers and there are complete wastes of space. Instead of finding of jobs for those people, let them go.

    Pay a decent wage so that people don't have to depend on overtime to live.


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  5. "Production Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Build Military Defense ships for the Navy is a great feeling

    Cons

    Horrible PArking almost 2 miles to work

    Advice to Management

    Increase parking


  6. "Overall Stable Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Designer in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Great work protecting our nation
    -Job Security (if you do your job)
    -Benefits / 401k
    -Flex or Sick Time (depending on position)

    Cons

    -Micromanagement
    -Very "political"
    -No raises or advancement


  7. "Web designer."

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    Current Employee - Engineer Systems III in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer Systems III in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn new skills. There is a lot of new exciting digital projects starting.

    Cons

    Old school culture, resistant to change. Many middle a daily upper management folks are stuck in the ways it has always been done.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt new innovative thinking.


  8. "Only good for the work experience - don't count on building a career here"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - You will be able to get work experience that looks good on your resume
    - Occasionally the work can be interesting

    Cons

    - There are little to no advancement opportunities.
    - You will often work long hours with little to no recognition.
    - The human resources department is easily the worst of any company I have worked for.
    - There is no parking.
    - Upper management is completely out of touch and only makes decisions that benefit them personally (increasing their bonus)

    Advice to Management

    Stop making decisions that will make your stock options more valuable. If you do right be your people, they will do the same in return.


  9. "Newport News Shipbuilding"

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    Current Employee - Pipe Welder in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Pipe Welder in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good start in an industrial environment and good place to learn a skilled trade, emphasis on welding.

    Cons

    Time off, benefits, management, parking

    Advice to Management

    Stick it to the man for once and look out for your workers more often


  10. "Nuclear Engineer 3"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and salary.

    Cons

    Based on a contract there is downsizing at every turn.


  11. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Designer IV in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Designer IV in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Newport News Shipbuilding full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company to work for. They offer standard benefits. Everything you would expect from a company this large and this old. You have the ability to move up if your willing to work for it.

    Cons

    They company seems to be slimming down. Many of the facilities are quite run down. The surrounding area is a mess even though they have made efforts to improve it.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with your ground troops. Especially the higher ups (VPs). There seems to be two different worlds.


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