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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Overall a good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Radio Repair Technician in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Radio Repair Technician in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Marine Corps (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The more work you put in, the more you get out of it. Most of your coworkers are amazing people ad lifetime friends. Benefits and memories that last a lifetime.

    Cons

    Some supervisors abuse their power. Long hours with no compensation. Some days you'll work for 24 hours straight. Weekly haircuts are a pain. Mandatory fun events that are no fun. Weekly room inspections.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example.


  2. "It's alright"

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    Current Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Cherry Point, NC
    Current Contractor - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Cherry Point, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are really good and some of he friends you make will stay with you for a lifetime.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking and very few commanding officers care about Marine's personal and family lives.


  3. "Innovative in not all the right areas."

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    Current Employee - Marine in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marine in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Training in discipline, work ethic, time management, and survival skills
    - Comradery that you cannot find elsewhere
    - Chance to travel the world
    - Full coverage healthcare and college (with minor restrictions)

    Cons

    - Contracted for 4 years.
    - No incentive for specialized fields to stay vice move to civilian sector
    - Chance of death
    - Due to tie to the Navy's budget, the Marines don't get the funds needed to keep all the facilities and gear as up to date as I (personally) would like to see them at.

    Advice to Management

    - Don't look at the rank on someone's collar and write them off. Take the time to listen to your men's ideas and then explain to them why it would or wouldn't work. This isn't always done best with intermediaries but with the source one on one.


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  5. "It is ok"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    guarantee pay check and benefits

    Cons

    Command doesn't really care

    Advice to Management

    actually practice what is preached


  6. "Automotive Maintenance Technician -3521"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automotive Technician in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Automotive Technician in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some commands are awesome, especially if you land a command with good leadership.

    Cons

    Dumb people. If you don't have patience, you might get in trouble for calling people out.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smart people.


  7. "Not for the weak."

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Infantry in Jacksonville, NC
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Infantry in Jacksonville, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great men, and women to work with. Great experiences, wonderful benefits. Great camaraderie. Would definitely recommend to others that are prepared for the mental, and physical stress factors.

    Cons

    Annoying commands, a lot of micromanaging, a lot of leadership with not enough training and experience to lead correctly. Not the best as far as getting medical help for sports related injuries.

    Advice to Management

    Train NCOs, and SNCOs better.


  8. "Aviation Logistics Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck for sure every two weeks whether you're sick in quarters or not,
    Paid vacation.
    Moderate healthcare.

    Cons

    Nothing makes sense.
    Everything is backwards.
    Prepare to work excessive long hours for no apparent reason.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop making us stay at work for no reason.


  9. "Good benefits, horrible lifestyle"

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Cherry Point, NC
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Cherry Point, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pros are relative based on what type of person you are. For instance, a lot of people love drinking, and I am not a fan of drinking. If you want to hang around a lot of people with no ambitions or goals, who have an insatiable desire to drink, smoke, and kill themselves, the Marine Corps is for you. The people also treat you horribly, and most Marines are very dishonest. The Marine Corps is not about honor, courage commitment, it is about dishonesty, laziness, and cowardice. Some people see these things as pros because they want an easy job, where you get a paycheck for working very little. And they like for their only to be drinking.

    The things that I think are pros about the Marine Corps are the diversity of culture in the Marine Corps. You may never have an opportunity like the Marine Corps provides to see so many different cultures interact and cooperate with each other. Another benefit is that you won't have a huge pile of debt after college, and if you play your cards right, you can come out of your first reenlistment with a pretty good bundle of cash. It definitely doesn't force you to mature in any way, but if you listen to the right people and learn the right things, you will definitely grow as a person in grand fashion. If you just muscle through the bad situations and take advantage of the benefits it provides you, you will reap a lot of benefits afterward.

    Cons

    In itself, it isn't challenging like the commercials portray it, but if you are an ambitious person to begin with, you can make it challenging and grow. Marines for the most part are very dishonest, lazy, and just subpar human beings. You will have to listen to very incompetent leaders, who haven't grown up. But dealing with all these difficult people makes life a whole lot easier afterward. It makes horrible civilians seem really polite, honest, and hardworking. There are a lot of Marines who don't even know how to make their beds or do laundry. Most Marines play video games and don't go outside. On the weekends, Marine Corps bases are a ghost town until noon. The ranking system is very political. If you are a brownnoser, you get promoted oftentimes. Intellectual people do not do well in the Marine Corps most times because their logic goes over the large amount of leaders with very low IQ's. But if you stand up for yourself and speak your mind when you think something isn't right, you will definitely become a much more mentally strong person.

    Advice to Management

    Update your ranking system; it is ancient and doesn't make sense in today's Marine Corps. Reemphasize the Marine Corps' values, and instill those in junior Marines and all the way up the ranks. Supervise, supervise, supervise your Marines because most leaders don't know anything about their Marines, and they don't care to know anything about their Marines, but expect their junior Marines to have the utmost respect for them.


  10. "Good place to gain skills"

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at US Marine Corps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to acquire unique skills that can be translated into civilian skills upon separation. Can network with both Marines and civilian contractors as well.

    Cons

    Hours are demanding and some people can be difficult to work with.


  11. "Training NCO"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Training NCO in Montgomery, AL
    Current Contractor - Training NCO in Montgomery, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Marine Corps as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Bromotion Potential, Obtainable Skill Sets, Leadership Experience

    Cons

    Leadership, Micromanaging, Atmosphere, Capitol Punishment, Employee Value


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