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Royal Navy Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good travel, good training, well looked after get paid to see the world (in 10 reviews)

  • Free medical and dental care, help with Passport costs, good accommodation on land bases (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance, length of time away from home (in 22 reviews)

  • Lots of time away (if you have children) (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "f"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Brighton, Erie, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brighton, Erie, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Navy (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good for travellin around the world

    Cons

    not for a person who wants a family

    Advice to Management

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  2. "Proud sailor"

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

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time

    Pros

    It has a Great team environment and the people you work with make the job worthwhile. The opportunities to travel the world are good if you land on the right ship.

    Cons

    The salary is quite poor, I wouldn't recommend this career if you are looking to get rich quick. The lack of investment in infrastructure is disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the staff a bit more every year and there might not be an exodus of people trying to leave the service.


  3. "Aircraft Engineering Technicain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time

    Pros

    Gain Experience and Qualifications whilst being able to travel and be part of a wide community of friends and colleges. good promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    long periods away from loved ones and having to go away at short notice, they train you to the right level but will not give you civilian recognised equivalents, rendering all the training redundant except for experience. low levels of pay for many branches.

    Advice to Management

    better pay, civillian recognised qualifications.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazingly varied opportunities with huge responsibilities taken on very early in your career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unpredictability of postings mean that life is always exciting and the team you are with will never be better! Also, you actually do get to see the world.

    Cons

    Unpredictability of postings - can be the worst thing also, especially when you have a family. Promotion is very rigid, especially at Officer level. For the level of responsibility you take on (management, financial, personnel, risk etc) it will never equate to civilian life.


  6. "Good work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to see parts of the world you would never see. The leave balance is average however the starting salary is good. If you have time you can access great AT facilities.

    Cons

    Poor pay given the public sector circumstances.
    When deployed hours are regularly in excess of 100+ per week.
    Lack of ability to plan your life; holidays and weddings will regularly be cancelled.


  7. "Royal Navy Officer"

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    Current Employee - Royal Navy Commissioned Officer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Royal Navy Commissioned Officer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Early responsibility, world-wide travel, good pay and benefits, fantastic training and development.

    Cons

    Often long hours, unpredictable programming - therefore difficult to plan life long-term. Challenges greater once married/settled down with children. 6-9 month deployments regular, particularly in first 10 years of career.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to progress with work/life balance policies.
    Do not erode wider benefits any further.
    Work to match RN life with 21st century attitudes, eg - greater access to social media, wi-fi onboard ships where possible. Runs ashore/defence engagement visits to be balanced work and play.


  8. "Challenging and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Royal Navy Leading Hand in Stanley, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Royal Navy Leading Hand in Stanley, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Travel opportunities
    Job stability
    Challenging and diverse
    Excellent promotion opportunities
    Education development
    Good pay and benefits
    Worth ethics
    Health and dental
    Social life
    Competitive Pension schemes

    Cons

    At times Some Uncertainty
    Unpredictable hours
    Long hours away from home
    Not applicable to me but extended period without access to social media
    having to follow orders and commands you may not Agree with


  9. "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Steward in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Steward in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    Good benefits for example I have been skiing for free twice with the RN. You will learn a lot about team work and make friends for life

    Cons

    Not at home that much and never sure when you will go home so the work/life balance is not good


  10. "Officer - Royal Navy"

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    Current Employee - Lieutenant Commander in Helensburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Lieutenant Commander in Helensburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good access to recreational facilities and activities, excellent pension work colleagues.

    Cons

    archaic promotion system, rigid hierarchy means that seniors don't have to time plan accurately as hour are pre costed so essentially free and staff lack the agency to determine reasonable working patterns.

    Advice to Management

    invest in the the management education of your officers, learn your own value chain and start to put a value on time.


  11. "Intelligence Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is the ability to work in various foreign locations with a good chance to save money.

    Cons

    Short of manpower, therefore those foreign trips are more frequent.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to speak to your sailors.


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