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US Navy Hawaii Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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  1. "Adventure"

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    Former Employee - Hospital Corpsman in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Hospital Corpsman in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance, housing, steady pay check. Payed time off. 30 days payed vacation

    Cons

    Working long hours, hard to advance in some fields.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging


  2. "Volatile, demanding, rewarding, stressful"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, travel, great and smart people, lots of education, lots of responsibility straight out of college, in general the work can be monotonous but every so often some really interesting stuff comes up.

    Cons

    Travel (forced), long hours, sea time, standing duty, bureaucracy, big egos, poor living conditions, bad food, not a lot of great perks compared to private industry, averse to personal technology.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent sense of occasion and rewards, keep life of personnel as a top priority

  3. "Logistics Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Recommends

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and very rewarding and very honorable

    Cons

    Away from home a little too much

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. "I enlisted in the Navy"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician (Third Class) in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician (Third Class) in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, pays for housing pays for food, you can go to all kinds of places in the United States and the world. If you're an ET employment after Navy looks good in that field

    Cons

    The government owns your life and you don't have the freedom to just decide to quit the job without special circumstances or if your contract is up.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time on pointless renaming of things and superficial nonsense that you eventually have to backtrack on anyway


  5. "IT Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - IT Specialist in Wahiawä, HI
    Current Contractor - IT Specialist in Wahiawä, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security - you'll never be fired unless you make poor life decisions. Advancement - everybody has the opportunity to advance.
    Benefits - Basically free health care and they'll pay for your rent.
    It's a paycheck

    Cons

    You're signing your life away to management. They dictate everything you do in your life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on operational Chains of Command to see if they're treating their people right. I've seen a lot of double standards set that raise an Equal Opportunity red flag.


  6. "Logistic Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Supply Clerk in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Supply Clerk in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Full of experience and a very active job. Great job for practicing and building upon customer service.

    Cons

    Late hours, hard labor, and many time consuming inspections.


  7. "6 years in the Navy - Submarine"

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    Former Contractor - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Contractor - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Navy as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Travel
    -Salary based pay, a big pro for some and a huge con for others.
    -Schooling, assuming you finish your contract and get an honorable discharge.
    -Stability, unless you commit a felony or do drugs chances are you will never lose your job
    -Health Care, great for anyone with poor health or a family that needs to be taken care of.

    Cons

    -Salary. I mentioned it could be a Pro, but it is also a Con. If you are a hard worker, if you love to solve problems creatively and think outside the box, if you are competitive, if you constantly love to out perform your peers...The Navy will be a bad match for you. You will be noticed, you might be rewarded, but at the end of the day you WILL do more work because people will expect it from you. Once you show your peers and leadership you are valuable you will be exploited. Don't expect bonus' or a commission for working harder than your peers, just expect a promotion, maybe a year or 3 down the road.

    The other major Con is the lack of a stable schedule. This will drive some nuts and some will be able to cope with it. Just know that if people depend on you for anything you may not always be there.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  8. "Sonar Technician Second Class"

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    Current Employee - Sonar Technician Submarines in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Sonar Technician Submarines in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good entry job fresh out of high-school. It is the military. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No work life balance whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, and do not think you have to mistreat your subordinates just because that is what you see in movies.


  9. "USN"

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    Current Contractor - Sonar in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Contractor - Sonar in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Traveling really means a lot to me and it helps me see this beautiful country and this wonderful world we inhabit.

    Cons

    The downside is structured advancement. Advancement isn't truly merit-based, it's more about how long you've been around.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to work with the common man, don't try to set yourself too far apart.


  10. "Its the navy"

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    Current Employee - MMN1 in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - MMN1 in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experience, Travel, Accelerate your life.

    Cons

    Orders, Time Away from home and family. Accelerate your aging.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing uniforms.


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