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Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "My Review of the US Navy as an EMN2 (SS)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The medical and dental benefits are affordable when compared to civilian healthcare plan options particularly for dependents. The education benefits are nearly unmatched based on what I've seen while transitioning to civilian employment.

    Cons

    I will just copy and paste from my review from another job seeking site:Support: Leaders are extremely resistant to feedback and often have no actual work experience besides the Navy.
    Teamwork: There are some people I'd take a bullet for and some I wouldn't 'extinguish' if they were aflame.
    Autonomy: If you love being micromanaged at several levels by people who have no idea what your job actually entails, this is the organization for you.
    Company Culture: Middle management (i.e. Chiefs) actually have their own rules and double standards. The most junior officers are entitled to a much higher quality of life and benefits than senior in rate qualified enlisted personnel.
    Communication: Communication completely breaks down between levels (i.e. enlisted, Chief, and officer.). Enlisted concerns are disregarded by Chiefs who tell officers what they want to hear.
    Working Conditions: Where to begin with this category? Rotating shift work, unpaid overtime when anything goes wrong (no matter how minor), sleeping on board a vessel that should already have been decommissioned every 3 or 4 days even in port while away from your family, and I can not mention enough the lack of clueless 'oversight' from supervisors.
    Social Awareness: None.
    Work-Life Balance: The 30 days a year of leave aka vacation you are entitled to each year are subject to, in no particular order, 1. the command's operational schedule, 2. likelihood of all appropriate personnel signing your 'chit' in time, and 3. your seniority in your department/division.
    Challenging Work: The greatest challenges you will likely face will be the standardized GMT that is designed for the lowest common denominator and the random line of sight tasking that can be issued from anyone that has the virtue of having an arbitrarily assigned higher rank.
    Inclusive/Diverse: The Navy says it is an equal opportunity employer, has bogus training promoting that facade, yet is ultimately the very definition of a 'good old boys club' as evidenced by its middle management.
    Attitude toward colleagues 45+: No one older than 45 should be in the Navy in my experience. If you are any older than that, you have become the very thing, officer or enlisted, that is hampering the quality of life for everyone else.
    Career Development: None. You can experience the disappointment of failing to make rank twice a year while people who work half as hard and are generally unreliable can opt to reenlist at any time and waste a billet that should have been yours.
    Compensation and Benefits: Enjoy countless training sessions on the vast advantages available to you on active duty while never actually getting time off to take advantage of them. It’s not bad for family (i.e. dependents) though.
    Image: Anyone who isn’t trying to make a career of the Navy probably regrets the time they served despite the relatively few benefits they obtained while those who choose to stay in are probably resigned to the fact that they have no idea of how the world actually works. Regardless of this, due to the modern political climate, you have to consider that approximately half the general population is opposed to the actions of the military at any time despite the fact that the average sailor has zero say in what he or she does on a day to day basis.
    Job Security: Rock solid! Practically impossible to get fired unless you happen to perpetrate a crime that the liberal media chooses to scapegoat. It also doesn’t matter if you’re completely unqualified or inexperienced in dealing with the issues your subordinates deal with every day.
    Accessibility: I work on a submarine, so potential employees are extensively screened in order to prove that they are able to capitulate to the harsh design criteria of a metal tube that submerges. There are no wheelchair ramps or handicap bathroom stalls.
    Safety: Safety is whatever the Navy says it is. If you get injured at work it'll be tough to follow up with a VA claim.

    Advice to Management

    Chiefs: Admit that your petty officers run your division/department and that you are just figureheads in the defunct rank-structured organization that is the United States Navy in 2017.
    Division Officers/Junior officers: Admit that you don't really have a single clue about anything actually involved in getting a submarine out to sea. (P.S. this site.com made me correct the abbreviation of junior officer to 'junior officer' in order to not trigger a poorly programmed "bad language" filter and then could not figure out that 'clear, reflective surface' .com is not a swear. Because the synonym for butt that this urine-poor incontinent filter keeps preventing my review from posting apparently.
    Department Heads: Push for more recognition for the actual performers on your boat: this means the guys that from day to day get things fixed, retested, or completed so that you can tell the executive officer/commanding officer that we're pointlessly ready to go underway again for one or another bull excrement exercise. You should know who these people are after about 6 months or so of being on-board your command. In my personal, experience, you are the ultimate determining factor in a sailor's quality of life especially if his chief is garbage The buck should stop with you *theoretically. (theoretically meaning you actually had backbones and could tell the executive/commanding that your departments were too overworked/ tired/ undermanned to get certain retests/repairs done on time for the next bogus underway.
    Executive officer/Commanding Officer: Admit that the naval nuclear propulsion plant operators on your boats are entirely responsible for the operational success of your boats. Don't let anything else get in the way of the recognition of this singular fact. P.P.S. Glassdoor is terrible in that its incompetent, disreputable, discreditable, and discriminatory software can not recognize standard military abbreviations and is acting like I need to change them before I can post a scathing review of the organization responsible for the worst 6 years of my life.


  2. "Nuclear ELT"

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    Current Employee - Hawaii (HI) in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Hawaii (HI) in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good but they pick and choose when to give them to you

    Cons

    So so many. Terrible hours. terrible pay. Terrible food. Terrible employers. Terrible HR. Terrible life decision

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-manageing. Start caring about people


  3. "You know why they pay us nukes this much to reenlist? Because otherwise no one would stay."

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    Current Employee - E-5 Submarine Mechanic in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - E-5 Submarine Mechanic in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, education, and the ability to secure a job in many different fields upon leaving.

    Cons

    Everything else about it sucks. Long hours, poor morale, no sunlight for weeks on end, and the stress.


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  5. "usn"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    there is decent pay for only having a high school diploma, healthcare for my entire family, get to live in Hawaii

    Cons

    long hours, no overtime, tremendously underpayed for the amount of hours i am at work, required to leave family for months at a time, low job satisfaction, bad bosses

    Advice to Management

    i have no advice. it is what it has to be for the most part. i am just going to ride out my time and move on with my life whenever i get the opportunity.


  6. "Seven Years In Hell"

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    Former Employee - US Navy Sailor E4 in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - US Navy Sailor E4 in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, health care, dental plan, guaranteed to at least make E-3, 3 meals a day are provided, spouses and children are taken care of

    Cons

    You are treated like a robot, wrong people are advanced just because they are good at taking a test, you miss important life events because you are usually away from your family

    Advice to Management

    Put smarter people in charge


  7. "Opportunity for those seeking to get ahead in life, but not without cost."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Current Employee - Nuclear Submarine Officer in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The generous base pay and additional tax-free allowances result in a very competitive take-home salary, great camaraderie among peers, excellent leadership opportunities for even the most junior personnel, you can't get fired for anything less than a felony.

    Cons

    You can't fire people for anything less than a felony, work-life balance is impossible to achieve, frequent moves, bureaucracy is nearly insurmountable, senior leadership is almost universally disinterested in treating you like a human being.

    Advice to Management

    Manning and mission accomplishment is a difficult balance, but telling a subordinate whose wife is hospitalized that you don't care because "she wasn't issued in your sea bag," is completely unacceptable. And you wonder why people can't wait to leave the submarine...


  8. "Focuses on the bottom line"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - LS2(SS) in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - LS2(SS) in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    $$$, plenty of time on your feet.... wait what

    Cons

    Does not care about family or the people who make up this force too much authority is kept at the top and lower ranks almost get no responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Read the cons


  9. "If I could only leave a lower rating"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    no shortage of b.s. wait what

    Cons

    everything that could be wrong is

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to make this look like a corporation. Getting kicked out for BCA in less than a month when people who knowingly broke the law (i.e. DUI, Narcotics abuse...etc.) stay in while "processing" and collect a full paycheck. You won't listen to this anyway....


  10. "A leg up on others once you are out but you pay dearly for that opportunity."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electrician's Mate and Work Center Supervisor in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electrician's Mate and Work Center Supervisor in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *NUKE ELECTRICIAN ON A FAST ATTACK* Great overall technical training, all the information is easy to access for any kind of system you want to learn. Gives you a good work ethic and ability to absorb pain compared to the common American.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrible culture at the top. The Navy has become an organization of who can blame others the quickest or abuse their power the most. ****In reality, the reason the Navy is absolutely horrible is one simple reason: the good people get out, the worthless and others unfit for leadership or capable of existing in todays society stay in and eventually become your leaders.**** In addition to that key point, the Navy is trying to write the dumb out of humans with procedures; it doesnt work. The Navy has decreased its training program difficulty levels to points where personnel who should not succeed - do. This causes accidents and other procedural violations later in life which are then punished. Do us all a favor and instead of risking your submariner's lives, filter those who shouldnt be there out prior to them ever getting the chance to hurt us.

    Advice to Management

    Burn all your procedures, completely fire all of your personnel and start over.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "The Navy is a horrible place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Former Employee - Nuclear Electronics Technician in Pearl Harbor, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have nothing going for you in life, then join the Navy. The advancement is pretty high, but then you have a bunch of people at the senior level who don't know whats going on, since all the good/smart people get out.

    Cons

    The quality of life is horrible. If you like working 17+ hour days, 7 days a week, for a month at a time, being away from home for 6+ months at a time, then this place is for you. The pay is ok, but being nuclear trained the pay in the civilian world is so much better. If you bring up a problem whether reactor safety, hazing incident, etc., you are either are totally ignored or you get punished in some way.

    Advice to Management

    You need to treat people like human beings.



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