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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Government Job, good benefits, tuition assistance program under certain conditions (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits, retirement, and leave program (in 3 reviews)

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

  • work-life balance is pretty bad (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "IT Support Specialist Point of View"

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    • Senior Management
    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).


  2. "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.

  3. "If you cant make it here then you cant anywhere"

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    Current Employee - Pipefitter in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Pipefitter in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its a job that will get your foot in the door

    Cons

    A lot of people here are snakes and fakes and parking sucks

    Advice to Management

    Fix parking.


  4. "shipyard is great"

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

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

    Pros

    best career path in hampton roads

    Cons

    working in the elements is really the only con i think about right now.

    Advice to Management

    the more paper work you put out is not going to stop the accidents it could possibly make it worse


  5. "Heavy Mobile Equipment Electrician"

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Electrician in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    THe best thing about this company: Benefits/compensation

    Cons

    An opportunity are for this company: Parking/Nepitism

    Advice to Management

    Hire those who are qualified and not just related to someone higher up.


  6. "It's not so bad"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty decent. The oversight is varying depending on your specific chain of command.

    Cons

    Everything moves very slowly. If you have ever heard of "moving at the speed of shipyard" you know what I mean.

    Advice to Management

    Try to speed up the process from problem to resolution. If people are not performing their jobs to the minimum level, there should be a more streamlined process for firing them.


  7. "Shift Test Supervisor / Supervisory Nuclear Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Nuclear Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Supervisory Nuclear Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People. Work on active US Navy ships / submarines. Close coordination/work relationship with the Navy crew members. Decent pay. Great benefits. Decent 401k (tsp) plan with retirement. Learn about some complex systems, able to take on leadership/project management roles fast if motivated.

    Cons

    Not enough wrench turners (tradesman) to fix the ships, ships never return to the fleet on time and the timeline just gets extended so the navy can say it was complete on time (BS). The work force in not motivated, people sit around on the job because they know they won't get fired, nothing gets accomplished on time for garbage reasons, and the Navy doesn't have the money to hire better workers, or have the ability to fire the crap workforce because of the union. So sailors careers are wasted because their boats won't get fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Change the processes, clean house and start from scratch.

  8. "Jobs"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and Benefits, A lot of room to filter out, Set time frames of work.

    Cons

    The shipyard is very low on experience and a lot of the People that move up are very much qualified per resume but do not show it through deckplate experience.

    Advice to Management

    Change the way HR hires employees and Do not let shops conduct interviews. Let the interview and resume be done by a person that is not affiliated with The code or organization that is being hired. Need more oversight on Supervisors to help them to progress forward into there selected spots. No more of this The resume has been read and the interview is done now go to work. make sure the selected candidate has an understanding of his or her position.


  9. "Boilermaker Outside Machinist Inside Machinist"

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    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work when paperwork or politics aren't slowing down the wrenches from being turned. Great pay, benefits

    Cons

    Politics and gossip. The yard seems to breed a negative work ethic that is contagious. Constant Stop and Go. Assembly should be done by those who disassembled the component.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who does the work that the other 9 mechanics can't or won't do


  10. "Good job with good benefits, but government work can be frustrating due to restrictions in promotions."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical benefits are good. Thrift savings plan matching is beneficial. Annual and sick leave help make this place worth while, especially after 15 years.

    Cons

    Rewards can be fair but limited. Punishing those that abuse the system is rare and difficult due to laws in place.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to those that work hard. Dont worry about hurting people's feelings. Try to keep those hard workers.


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