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Royal Australian Navy Reviews

Updated Nov 5, 2019

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3.9
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Royal Australian Navy CEO Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
Vice Admiral Tim Barrett
33 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Needs better workforce planning and management."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good salary for actual work required in most positions, various allowances (housing, seagoing allowance, etc) boost to even higher level. Job security is near total, unless you're really incompetent you have a job for life. Some interesting work, experiences and travel destinations in seagoing positions.

    Cons

    Length of time away from home when posted to a ship can be excessive, however usually offset by equivalent amount of time posted ashore afterwards. Excessive workload at sea in some positions, especially compared to very light workload in others can be very annoying. Lack of meaningful work in some positions, especially when posted ashore. The job security and lack of accountability mean a minority of your... co-workers are going to be effectively useless.

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    Advice to Management

    Far better workforce management and career planning needed, often very haphazard and reactive management of career. Small number of experienced and highly skilled employees do majority of work, more responsibility and accountability is required down to lowest levels. More accountability is needed for poor performance, it's too easy to do the bare minimum with no consequences (apart from lack of promotion). People... need to be fired for poor performance, make workplace culture the priority over keeping mediocre personnel.

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    Royal Australian Navy2016-10-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Red Tape, Stuck in 1900's"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Australian Navy full-time

    Pros

    - People - Travel - Benefits - Job Security

    Cons

    - Politics - People - Treatment - Incompetence - Quality of 'leaders'

    Advice to Management

    Realise you are dealing with a new generation. Holding the current generation to a standard set during a different time can only ensure a halting of innovation and/or progression.

    Royal Australian Navy2016-08-28
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Long term Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Some truly great motivated and hardworking people, usually quite interesting and diverse work in a number of varied roles, excellent training fully paid for.

    Cons

    Going to sea can have a seriously detrimental effect on family life and relationships in general. Salary can be a bit restrictive after the first few increments. Some roles require far greater time than others for the same money. Just when you get good at a job they move you on. Location has chaged many times over the years. Wife has had to give up some good jobs.

    Royal Australian Navy2016-05-24
  4. "Beginning of a new"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy full-time

    Pros

    Develop life skills, knowledge and education that will contribute to your future career within the navy or outside.

    Cons

    Trying to study whilst at sea is difficult. little resource or time and must be self managed.

    Royal Australian Navy2016-03-24
  5. "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
  6. 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
  7. "EX PUSSER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Australian Navy full-time

    Pros

    Great life for young people

    Cons

    Hard to adjust to civilian life BUT can be done and well worth the experience of service life

    Advice to Management

    stay strong don't give in to the "do gooders"

    Royal Australian Navy2016-02-03
  8. "A career worth looking into"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and conditions. Free medical and Dental. subsidized accomodation. lots of courses you can use after you leave. Great friends and professional outfit. Bullying is not tolerated.

    Cons

    Time away from family is tough. recent Defence ministers have all been idiots. Too Politically correct at times. Too much emphasis on teaching common sense instead of screening for it when recruiting.

    Advice to Management

    steer away from the current trend of micro managing everything.

    Royal Australian Navy2015-12-21
  9. "ET Navy"

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    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy

    Pros

    The benefits are good, such as medical and dental. Also housing is subsidized which is a massive pro.

    Cons

    Have to travel alot, new posting every two years not neccesarily in the same location. Not a huge amount of career satisfaction, have to go to sea (obviously) and be away from family for months at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with posting preferences and opportunities. More approachable heirachy and management. Career progeression needs to be ongoing and clear for employees.

    Royal Australian Navy2015-12-14
  10. "Officer under training"

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     in Canberra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Australian Navy

    Pros

    Friendships are strong, travel is excellent, pride, the uniform, support networks

    Cons

    Some jobs you do aren't pleasant.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support your subordinates

    Royal Australian Navy2015-10-20
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