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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Work Life Balance, you can't take work home (in 7 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are quite good for the location and the work (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No design work or engineering analysis (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance is pretty bad too (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities are there if you have the drive and abilities

    Cons

    Large organization slow to respond to change

    Advice to Management

    Maintain course and speed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Yard City"

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    Former Employee - Ndt Technician in Bremerton, WA
    Former Employee - Ndt Technician in Bremerton, WA

    I worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Travel Opportunities, Benefits

    Cons

    Family Industry, Cut throat, It's the government

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring your closest buddies and family


  3. Helpful (5)

    "At the Shipyard, Engineering = Technical Writing"

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Bremerton, WA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer in Bremerton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, great sense of community, flexible time off, experience at a large industrial work site, fixed promotions, close to Seattle

    Cons

    - If you are hired on as an engineer out of college and given the position 'Nuclear Engineer' or 'Mechanical Engineer', your job will consist solely of writing procedural documentation. The only computer applications you will use are Microsoft Word and decades old electronic databases that are not user friendly. Your days will consist of reading dry, full-text manuals and looking at poorly photocopied hand drawings from the 1960s and 70s and then using this info to write procedural maintenance documentation. There will be no math, analysis, or design work of any kind in your job. Contrary to what mgmt leads you to believe in the hiring process, there is no innovation here; only writing how to replace existing parts on old ships per Naval regulations. And in the rare instances where CAD design is needed, the shipyard opts to have the uneducated mechanics do it for whatever dumb reason.

    Final point here: If you stay here for long, you WILL be pigeonholed and will have a hard time finding a real engineering job in the private industry. Speaking from the standpoint of being an engineer in the private industry now, the work that is done by engineers at the shipyard would be done by those with 2 yr associates degrees anywhere else.

    If this all sounds fine to you then go for it, but if you have any passion for engineering whatsoever, you will hate it here.

    - The work spaces are bleak and severely run down. Stark white walls and tall, stained gray cubicles make up the main engineering floor. There is also no janitoral service here, so youll probably develop allergies from all the dust that has accumulated with the cubicles over the years. The cafeteria food is disgusting and unhealthy, and anywhere off site takes too long to get to, so most people just bring their lunch.

    - There is no parking!!! To commute you either have to shell out $100/month for a parking spot or use the public transportation that the Shipyard pays for. I opted for the latter and my work commute took me 45min each way, even though I only lived ~5 miles away. You will also have to walk a considerable amount in the cold rain no matter what.

    - Location of Bremerton (and the rest of Kitsap County) is an absolute pit. Male dominated, run-down, small Navy town where it constantly rains. This may get better with the approval of the foot ferry to Seattle though.

    Advice to Management

    Ideally, don't hire engineers at all. The work here can be done and is better fit for those coming out of a 2 yr technical training school and the mechanics who have put their time in on the deckplates. If you must hire engineers however, then be WAAAYY more honest with them in the interview process about what the job actually consists of. Moreover, bring your top candidates out for site interviews so they can see the job first-hand and decide if it's for them. The reason the engineering attrition rate is so high here is bc you're selling the job to be different from what it is and its attracting the wrong people.


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    "Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Bremerton, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bremerton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable job security. Large work place, large work force, plenty of job opportunities to move around if you don't like your current assignment.

    Cons

    Heavy into 'good-ol boy' network. Management a bit ossified...willing to ignore and cover up EEO violations. Not always looking for the best, most creative solutions to improve processes. Finding best solution and saving tax payer dollars takes a very low priority. Like the VA or IRS, management can be inept and corrupt - and they will stay in place long after they have moved an employee out who challenges the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Fix middle/lower management. Set goals for improving processes, reducing costs, doing a better job with less...and demote those who don't succeed.


  6. "IT Support"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    This has been a great opportunity for employment and professional growth after serving 10+ years in the US NAVY.

    Cons

    Working in federal service can be tricky at times to manage growth and potential for change.


  7. "Moving on"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Machinist in Bremerton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    A great building block for a career.

    Cons

    This place is childish and clickie. You have to be in the good old boys club to move up. Get your time in and move on.


  8. "Machine tool operator"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Machinist in Bremerton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are what keep most people here. You can't get fired unless you say some sexist or racist.

    Cons

    Upper management has no understanding of production, it's nearly impossible to get fired for sucking at your job, when there's no work you just sit there, it's basically a glorified welfare program, they promote by being buddy buddy or showing cleavage, if your not in the apprenticeship, you will never advance beyond lowly worker despite your experience and performance.


  9. "PSNS review"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Coop in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Coop in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work on some great technical repair/install jobs for the Navy. Great people. Unique experience. Good income. Good location.

    Cons

    There are moments when the work load is slower than others and it takes a while to get some programs/projects running.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would to be more open to updates on software. Also to give more funding for newer buildings.


  10. "Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Environmemtal Protection Specialist in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisory Environmemtal Protection Specialist in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting field. Job helps protect the health of the community and its natural resources. The people working in this field are incredibly smart and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    Challenging work. Environmental regulations can be complex and difficult to explain the immediate benefit of to a workforce that is pressed to support its mission.

    Advice to Management

    Be more approachable to your work force. Listen to their ideas. Provide more vision to your organization and execute that vision. Too much time is wasted on reacting to problems vs. building and developing the workforce of the future.


  11. "Chemist - Quality Assurance Office"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Bremerton, WA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A beautiful, well equiped laboratory and wonderful staff and management made this place a tremendous joy to work in. Safety and employee well-being were tremendously important, as was celebrating employees milestones and accomplishments.

    Cons

    Maintaining a rigid work schedule (7:20-16:02, union regulated. Yes, the :02 is not a typo) in a laboratory setting, which is usually characterized with flexibility and openness was a bit annoying. Working around this should not have been as challenging as it was.

    Advice to Management

    Try to free yourselves from the rigors of the shipyard clock. Lab work, does not need to, and frequently can not work on a rigid time frame.


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