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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Reviews

Updated May 28, 2019

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3.0
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62%
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49%
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6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits and low possibility of being furloughed(in 11 reviews)

  • "The pay is good for VA, you can start out making(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lots of pressure from above that wants things to move when they just can't because it's the government/navy/nuclear power(in 4 reviews)

  • "Very conservative work culture, not friendly to minority groups or LGBTQ persons(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Restore repair and fabricate navy vessels"

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    Current Employee - Marine Pipefitter in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great comrodery, room for growth and promotion

    Cons

    Inclement weather at some times

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to ideas

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2018-03-29
  2. "Passable"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Good Benefits Nice Area

    Cons

    Parking Lots of Government Bureaucracy

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-05-28
  3. "I got lucky with my branch. Otherwise the shipyard is pretty crappy."

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Schedule can be very flexible. Most supervisors allow employees to set their own schedule within resaon and you can have as much or as little paid overtime (1.5x) as you like depending on which group you work in. My branch specifically is fantastic which isn't always the case.

    Cons

    The shipyard is using at best early 2000's tech and at worst 1980s. Faxing is still a daily necessity, paper records take precedent and "innovation" is given lip service. Any money leaving the shipyard (vendor contracts) is nickel & dimed so you always get the lowest bidder regardless of quality. Within the shipyard you couldn't waste money faster if you burned it. Project schedule is always pushed back, the shops delay...

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    Advice to Management

    Ask Puget Sound what they did to streamline work and get everyone to support each other. NNSY is incredibly tribal and defensive between groups and nothing gets done smoothly.

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-05-24
  4. "meh"

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy work, great benefits, young group

    Cons

    Not the most interesting day-to-day

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-04-24
  5. "Good job for right people"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Government jobs have great benefits and decent pay.

    Cons

    Expect to work some long days and weekends.

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-04-10
  6. "Uninspiring"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable career, fast initial promotion track, hiring like crazy.

    Cons

    Little room for innovation. Many lazy workers in both engineering and production. Overall low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective about who you hire and/or find a way to get rid of the dead weight.

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-02-18
  7. "Great Place to Work."

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    Current Employee - Safety in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Pay and Promotion Potential.

    Cons

    It's an Industrial work place. So people are very disrespectfully, will say anything that comes to thier minds. You have to have tough skin to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

    Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-01-23
  8. "NNSY is a good company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      The benefits are great and the retirement options are good.

      Cons

      The parking is horrible everywhere.

      Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-01-22
    • "Toxic"

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      Former Employee - Engineer 

      I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time

      Pros

      Great benefits and low possibility of being furloughed.

      Cons

      The environment is extremely toxic. Management loves the infighting and thinks it allows for creativity. Upper management is childlike and extremely petty.

      Advice to Management

      Learn how to talk to people and run a large, complex organization.

      Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-01-23
    • "Avoid at all costs"

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      Current Employee - Welder in Portsmouth, VA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      You get a steady check if your boss knows how to pay and if the government doesn't shut down.

      Cons

      Management is horrible. It's the buddy system for who gets promoted. Does not matter how much you know it's about who you know. This is why skilled trades is dying is the good ol boy system.

      Advice to Management

      Grow a pair and do what's right. It's a business not your personal buddy playground. You create a crap work environment because you pick people who do not know what they are doing to lead. You'll step over anyone just to get your friend a good job.

      Norfolk Naval Shipyard2019-01-28
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