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US Navy Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. "Aviation Electronics Technician"

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

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

    Pros

    People, Work Relationships, Gained Life Experience, benefits are good if you have a family.

    Cons

    People, Endless Hours, Over demanding Workload, Not Enough manning to assist workload, benefits are garbage if single unless you do 4 yrs get the gi bill then get out.

    Advice to Management

    Find better manning in needed rates.


  2. "US Navy employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Breadth of responsibility. Great, dedicated coworkers.

    Cons

    Grossly understaffed for workload. Wildy incompetent HR system and CYA approach to EVERYTHING, resulting in the paralyzing inabilty to make fair and reasonable career advancement decisions on their own merit, based upon good leaderhip and judgement. Staggering levels of justification for choices that any corporate mamager could reasonably make without question.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Grow a spine. Stop being so concerned about "appearances", when an overhwelming body evidence reflects unequivocal dedication and committment by your people to their mission and to the men and women in harms way that we support. Doing otherwise is as offensive as it is irresponsible.


  3. "Good way to serve your country"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Navy has a long and proud tradition of protecting our country.

    Cons

    Navy jobs are located primarily in Washington, DC a vet congested and high cost area.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly.


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  5. "Really do your research before joining... fate is sealed once in"

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    Current Employee - Supply Corps/Contracts in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Supply Corps/Contracts in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay/benefits and tax breaks are good

    Cons

    Difficulty controlling opportunity, deployment schedules are ridiculous in this day and age for operational status. Recruiters and commands will lie to you about planning because:

    A. they don't know
    B. they don't want to tell you
    C. they can

    Very difficult to fully appreciate education benefits and the GI bill because the programs try to pay below what is often required for courses, causes students to have to pay out of pocket. Often enrollment periods for classes are missed due to difficulty working with the government education benefits (either GI bill or Tuition Assistance [TA]).

    Management is usually very disorganized and people are downright nasty in many cases. There are great transition programs if leaving the service, but it is quite hard to get something that matches your pay in the government as the federal pay system often only views taxable income. That is significantly less on paper than what a service-member takes home

    Advice to Management

    Base work on ability, not time in. This allows terrible work ethics, and 'old boy' networks to flourish, pushing out strong intellectual talent... leaving the navy with margin seekers.


  6. "If you don't have to... Don't join"

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Electrician in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays for college, free medical. Trains you for a civilian job.

    Cons

    The job is easy. Its just the people that you have to work for all have a chip on their shoulder and they'll take it out on you. They'll tell you that you get to see the world but what they won't tell you is that the world is 70% water because that's most of what you'll be seeing. And when you do see someplace its on their terms... meaning it'll suck. And you'll be out to sea ALL THE TIME.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better and they'll treat you better.


  7. "NO room to move up"

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    Former Employee - Cryptologist in San Angelo, TX
    Former Employee - Cryptologist in San Angelo, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, good retirement program

    Cons

    no promotion for 14 years, not enough attention on those that do all the work

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those that work hard not just drinking partners


  8. "MMN"

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    Current Employee - Nuclear Machinist Mate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Machinist Mate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have nothing going in your life and you are not good at anything it's a job you literally can't get fired from.

    Cons

    If you're worth anything you don't need the navy.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in the navy.


  9. "Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling)"

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    Current Employee - Petty Officer in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Petty Officer in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Montgomery GI, or Post 911 bill for education

    Cons

    Too many to list, but time away from family, low pay, long hours, deployments.

    Advice to Management

    Only working environment where supervisors are able to degrade and belittle their subordinates without consequence.


  10. "This sucks!!"

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    Former Employee - Hospital Corpsman in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Hospital Corpsman in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Far better than anything you could get outside of the military. Traveling all over the world is a plus.

    Cons

    Being deployed all of the time and the constant relocation is tiresome after a while. Long hours and you get paid salary.

    Advice to Management

    Certifications for employees for jobs. Individuals need to be awarded a civilian equivalent certification upon retirement.


  11. "My Review of the US Navy as an EMN2 (SS)"

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    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.


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