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Updated January 16, 2018
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  • Great benefits, flexible work schedules, & decent salary (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was wonderful (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Transferred Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with all the people that work in the shipyard

    Cons

    The restrooms need redoing. Not just another coat of paint.

    Advice to Management

    take care of the most important resource


  2. "painter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and people.overtime is optional

    Cons

    your credit can effect your job status.unfair promoting of workers

    Advice to Management

    be fair

  3. "It is what it is"

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    Former Employee - Pipefitter in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Pipefitter in Portsmouth, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Government Employee with great benefits

    Cons

    Many lazy people that cannot be fired because they are government workers. Nepotism abounds.

    Advice to Management

    Actually test people in the field you are hiring them perform


  4. "Great entry level jobs, people, and opportunities. Not great culture."

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    Former Employee - Physical Science Technician in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Physical Science Technician in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -If you want to make extra money, lots of overtime available.
    -Excellent entry level jobs, with room for promotions, raises, etc.
    -Great people.

    Cons

    -Pressured to work a lot of overtime.
    -Old, dated, limited facilities.
    -If you come to work for the government from private industry, I think it will be a bit of a shock. Be ready to be treated like you are 16. Cameras taking your picture if you leave early, guards at the gate writing down your name and badge number, etc. Supervisors have very little flexibility in being able to reward good work ethic.
    -Everyone makes the same amount of money, there is no real incentive to working hard because you will not be compensated for it.


  5. "Great co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome, facilities for engineers were great. Benefits were worth looking into. Work-life balance was wonderful.

    Cons

    Salary was lower than I would like, based completely off undergrad GPA.


  6. "Good Career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work schedules, & decent salary

    Cons

    Long interview and hiring process


  7. "Nice Job"

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    Current Employee - Shipwright in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Shipwright in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to catch on to

    Cons

    Outdated and needs a lot of maintenance.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There was a pretty good work/life balance, even for new hires. Everyone below management is paid at an hourly rate, so if you put in OT, you get paid for it, which can really stack up. Being a government organization means that you have access to a ton of benefits packages.

    Cons

    We were called engineers, but we hardly did any real engineering. Most of us were glorified paperpushers, writing instructions for the mechanics to do the actual work. The facilities at the shipyard are absolutely terrible. I was told on the first day not to drink the water due to contamination from heavy metals over the years. The buildings are falling apart, but because the whole site is on a national historic registry, and because there is no budget for this, it is extremely difficult to conduct any renovations. The computer systems still run a bunch of outdated software, and they all have their own security protocols, but of course none of these protocols mesh together, so this outdated system is even slower because of all the redundancy and overlap. In addition, the commute is pretty rough. Everyone in the entire shipyard is supposed to arrive and leave at the same time everyday. This means that thousands of people are trying to get into and get out of these gates at the same time. It turns a 12 minute commute into a 45 minute commute. I am also not so sure about the career growth opportunities at this location either, because I met people whom were doing the exact same work as me (an entry-level engineer) that had been there doing the same job for 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible. Be it with more flexible work schedules, more flexible with allowing your employees to develop their own skills, whatever it takes to keep people. And find a way to make your work environment safe. That is just ridiculous.


  9. "IT Support Specialist Point of View"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Put in leave without any hassle
    - Good pay
    - Gets your foot in the door
    - Benefits can't be beat

    Cons

    You have to be careful who you deal with and who you don't deal with. Some people are fake. In other words, act like they're your friend, but in real life, they're your "frenemy". Then you got those that you think you're cool with, but you can't really tell if that's really the case. All in all, do your 8 hrs, "no new friends", be professional, and keep it moving.

    Advice to Management

    With all of the recent stuff that's happening, investigate if it's truly sexual harassment or not. Some folks really have thin skin, and are offended by the time going by 1 minute (from what it seems).


  10. "1910 Quanity Assurance Specialist"

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    Current Employee - QAS in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - QAS in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Government Job, good benefits, tuition assistance program under certain conditions. Ability to laterally move into other positions.

    Cons

    only 4 hours of leave accruement per pay period for the first few years. positions are subject to Federal funding legislation.


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