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Updated December 10, 2017
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US Marine Corps Commandant Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
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  1. "a close ended career that helps people straighten out their lives, not for everyone."

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    Former Employee - Power Plants Mechanic in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Power Plants Mechanic in Oceanside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Guaranteed pay. Time off at your leisure most of the time.

    Cons

    Very long hours that are not compensated for.


  2. "Dog and Pony Show"

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    Former Employee - Scout Sniper in San Clemente, CA
    Former Employee - Scout Sniper in San Clemente, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Traveling the world, learning new cultures, meeting interesting people and killing them.

    Cons

    Wolves led by sheep. Leadership is garbage and their fighting spirit is garbage. They're a bunch of boy scouts fiddling with guns, trying to fight wars from a computer screen and neglecting the troops they put on the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Go up to an 0300 Lcpl, and ask him to show you what balls are.

  3. "I regret the last five years of my life."

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic - Powerline in Beaufort, SC
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic - Powerline in Beaufort, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The GI bill will pay for a college education. Health insurance is free for service member. Job skills can be obtained if you recieve a worthwhile MOS, however many people do not recieve the job they desire.

    Cons

    -Total loss of personal freedom and civil rights.
    -For unmarried E-6 and below you are required to live in barracks (basically a college dorm room) on base. For unmarried E-4 and below you will have a roomate in your barracks room.
    -The second leading cause of death for Marines is suicide, I believe this statistic speaks for itself.
    -Until a Marine achieves the status of a senior E-3 or E-4 he/she should expect to be treated very poorly on a daily basis to include acts of hazing, verble abuse, undesirable work tasks such as cleaning bathrooms, waxing floors, etc.
    -Overall I do not recomend joining the Marine Corps unless you have no better option

    Advice to Management

    Consider offereing BAH to single Marines of all ranks. Although very expensive I believe it alleviate a lot of stress and will decrease the epidmic of suicides in the Marine Corps


  4. "Very bad"

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    On contract for 5 years.
    Minimal expenses.
    Easy access to work on electronics not common in the civilian world.
    Short deployments around the world.
    Veterans benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of people with no ability to do their job.
    Controlled life and being treated like children from SNCOICs/Officers.
    Lack of ability to quit.
    Job training was poor.

    Advice to Management

    Improve job training.
    Fire Marines who cannot do their job.
    Treat your Marines as assets not liabilities.
    Stop all the accusations and finding people just to blame.


  5. "Dissapointing"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Quantico, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    MCX is a great asset to the community. It is an employeer I sought out due to its reputation.

    Cons

    Very unfriendly work environment with little to no information filtering down from top management. Pay raises have bee put on hold for the next two years.


  6. "I wish I had exited the Marine Corps after my first four years."

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Havelock, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Havelock, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Camaraderie is great, other than this reason I cannot think of one good reason to be a marine. If you have a son or daughter that is considering this for a career quickly change their mind to the United States Air Force.

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid, lack of professionalism, lack of accountability, constant change, lack of focus, no goals, very little upward progression, the people who work hard are rode like dogs while those who cannot perform receive an easier job with the same amount of pay.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to start holding those who cannot handle their job or do not perform up to standards accountable for their performance or lack there of. Too many times I see someone get an easy job because they cannot perform, and the one who does perform gets screwed.


  7. "Last Resort"

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    Former Employee - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Former Employee - Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, are great but the pay is minimal at best.
    Time Off, afforded a lot, but it is at units discretion.
    Travel, opportunity to travel for work.
    Security, contractual obligations mean you will work for that amount of time.

    Cons

    Long Hours, with time off comes long hours to catch up on missed work.
    Limited Freedom, a lot of restrictions on life of self, and family.
    Family Separation, deployments take you away from family and friends for long periods of time.

  8. "It was the toughest job I've ever had being a Sergeant"

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience in a technical field.

    Cons

    Deployment, war zones, field ops, of the four years I was in 1.75 years of it was spent on base with my family. Hurry up and wait. Platoon hazing games. Tons of guys walking around with undiagnosed PTSD.

    Advice to Management

    See a shrink if you've been on the battlefield. Don't take it out on the lower ranks. Officers and listen once and a while.


  9. "The Corps changed my life..."

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    Current Employee - Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Current Employee - Infantry in Camp Pendleton, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, friends and experiences...

    Cons

    Disorganization... Hurry up and wait...

    Advice to Management

    Let the LCpls run the Corps...


  10. "Contract Slavery"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They pay for your funeral if you are killed at work even if you are not receiving a paycheck from forfeiture of allowance.

    Cons

    They charge rent even when deployed. If you are living in a mud fighting hole they take and keep your Basic Housing Allowance if you have no dependents.


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