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Royal Australian Navy Reviews

Updated Jan 8, 2020

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3.8
70%
Recommend to a Friend
82%
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Royal Australian Navy Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
34 Ratings
  1. "Good Job"

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    Former Employee - Maritime Warfare Officer 

    I worked at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Travel Pay good Pay accommodation Leadership training

    Cons

    Away alot Duties take up weekend.

    Royal Australian Navy2019-10-31
  2. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Nowra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay, work-life balance, people and the after career opportunities

    Cons

    the exposure to possible violent and stressful areas. Also the amount of time away from home.

    Royal Australian Navy2019-09-03
  3. "Beneficial"

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    Current Employee - Chef in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training, posting, medical, salary, routine and stable.

    Cons

    Flexibility, travel, length of time away, hierarchy, politics.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate down the line honestly and frequently.

    Royal Australian Navy2019-06-24
  4. Helpful (1)

    "CIS"

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    Current Employee - Sailor in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Everyday is different, unique workplace, meet awesome people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrendous. Chance for promotion is low pending gender and recruiting targets. Easy for sub performance people to hide and slip through the cracks. Being noticeably good at your work will have you given a higher workload, often with little recognition. Focused more on image, more than results.

    Advice to Management

    Move the old folks out, get younger people in. Open up promotion opportunities and look after your people. You will have better retention if you follow that.

    Royal Australian Navy2018-11-06
  5. "Rewarding service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful employment providing a service to your country Great benefits and great opportunities

    Cons

    Potential for location instability Hard on families

    Royal Australian Navy2018-05-10
  6. "A 20 yr career set me up for life"

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    Former Employee - Combat Systems Operator in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Variety in day to day employment Friendship Lifestyle

    Cons

    Long periods away from your family

    Royal Australian Navy2018-04-05
  7. "Very professional and supportive employer"

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    Current Employee - Marine Engineering Officer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent employer with enormous career advancement and professional development. Very wide range of career opportunities and excellent long term career prospects.

    Cons

    Large government organisation with imbeded process and proceedure can at times limit innovation and new emerging technology and best in class / industry applications.

    Royal Australian Navy2017-11-03
  8. "Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time

    Pros

    Great Work, Qualifications, Experience, Pay and Benifits

    Cons

    Challenging Lifestyle and Posting Locations

    Royal Australian Navy2017-09-11
  9. "A job that demands a lot but gives a lot back"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working in the Royal Australian Navy provides you a secure job with a steady and dependable pay packet. You get to travel and see/experience different things; every two years or so you're likely to be posted somewhere new, which keeps it fresh and exciting. There are plenty of opportunities for advancement which means different roles, more responsibility, and better pay. You'll belong to a tight-knit organisation characterised by camaraderie and many of the friendships you'll make will last for life. On top of that, you'll be serving the interests of the nation. All with four weeks annual leave (more if you're serving at sea) and plenty of extra benefits like subsidised housing, free medical and dental care and some medical benefits for your family, as well.

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    Cons

    Life in the Navy isn't for everyone, and isn't always easy. It often means long periods away from home and loved ones, sometimes without much contact with home. There are some rules on how you wear your hair, your piercings and your clothes; you'll have to give up a few of the freedoms that the average person enjoys while you're in uniform and doing your job. Sometimes circumstances can change quickly, which can have a negative impact on your family life.

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    Royal Australian Navy2016-02-26
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great: Pay, Travel, Friends, Learning … Poor: Flexibility"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager (SNCO) in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Pay: No secrecy or ambiguity as to what salary & entitlements are between jobs. The openness reduces the feeling of being discriminated against, as some might feel in corporate organisations that encourage pay secrecy. - Travel: 70% chance of travelling either domestically or abroad in your first 3 years. Benefits of travelling are that you save money and have an expenses paid trip to different country or city. The caveat is that visits may only be 3 days in duration, where you work 1 of the 3. Time at-sea to shore visit ratio is usually 2-3 weeks at sea, then a 3 day port visit. - Friends: You will go through basic training with a bunch of people and endure the same difficulties. It helps you rely on each other and will find that you will make friends easily. At-sea, you live in close quarter cabins, like being in college dorm rooms…without the mess. Benefit is that you will get to travel with some good friends. Catch is, you might have to put up with some difficult people…but you get to learn how to handle those situations Learning: Professional development is nurtured by the organisation. You will receive subsidy for study if you want to pursue individual courses or degrees. If the line of study is similar to your role in the Navy (i.e. Masters of Project Management, and you're in a management role), then you will have the opportunity for full funding of that degree…no further service obligation for postgrad too.

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    Cons

    Flexibility: You don't have an opportunity to pick and choose where you want to work. You may submit requests, but if you are assigned to a work location, you must go.

    Advice to Management

    Deliver more attention to those with a career tenure between the 6 & 10 year mark. The military is inherently a paternal organisation, which results in its people being dependent on the organisation for advice in career development and education. There are a suite of project management courses and certification that are suitable for managers at the 6 to 10 year mark of their career. Providing this attention will improve the skillset of managers and result in better practices. To date, the management training is largely based on heuristics of Naval training faculties and don't evolve with the contemporary management practices. This either results in a loss of good talent between the 6 & 10 year mark, or instead a retention of mediocre talent that continue on for a long career without any development.

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    Royal Australian Navy2016-02-08
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