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Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity like no other branch. Travel, College, Training, Experience, Leadership, Honor!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Enlisted in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Enlisted in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I went to work for the Navy, my main reasoning other than the educational opportunities, the training, hands on experience, and pride, was the opportunity to travel and see the world. Since becoming a Sailor I've been to Australia six times. Hawaii 12 times, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Bali, Thailand, Dubai, Oman, Mexico, the Bahamas, and 40 states. The financial opportunities have been outstanding. I'm making more money than I ever expected, and have the job security that very few of my peers can match.

    Cons

    Obvious downside is being away from home for extended periods of time. I don't want to make it sound like you're out all the time, you could always count on traveling around the globe for six months, once every three years. Other times you may go out to sea for three-four weeks and still visit different cities along the various coasts. All in all, I'm proud to serve and the sacrifice is paid back by being able to see and travel numerous countries.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to run the Navy like a business. No other "business" in the world is required to be as ready as we are, nor does it require its employees to put their lives on the line each and every day. Training, readiness, and moral cannot be managed with a 10 year strategy plan using today's dollars and personnel. Five years from now we’ll be engaged with a new foe and we must be ready. A greater emphasis must be put back in physical training, and military bearing at basic training so that our future Sailors are as capable in a military sense as they were 15 years ago. Sailors coming out of basic are way too soft, physically, mentally, and militarily.


  2. "US Navy"

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    Current Employee - Naval Officer in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Naval Officer in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job satisfaction, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Non-specific work hours, long periods away from family.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what it was like when you were a junior officer and you saw your leadership doing foolish things. Be willing to take junior officer advice.

  3. "U.S. Navy's work and compensation"

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    Current Employee - Independent Duty Corpsman in Millington, TN
    Current Employee - Independent Duty Corpsman in Millington, TN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Travel Opportunities are one of the best reasons to join the US Navy. You will be traveling to many parts of the planet. However, not all places visited are for pleasure. In most occasions, you are there to do some work. The Financial Security is the best of all reasons to join, especially, during hard economic times. The money is not that great but it pays the bills. Health care while in active duty status is better than any other healthcare plan in the U.S. Job satisfaction and recognition while serving is a great motivator to continue doing something that few people ever do for their country.

    Cons

    Poor pension plan, the military only pays 40% to 50% of the basic pay, however, this is not enough to live in the civilian community. In other words you still have to continue working after your military retirement. Veterans benefits are very bureucratic and poorly managed by the VA. Service related disabilities are compensated in very low rates, that don't represent the true assessment of disabilities by civilian physicians contractors with limited evaluation tools to assess mental and physical disabilities. The GI Bill is not enough to cover college expenses, the VA GI Bill benefits are pay to the Veteran on a monthly basis. However, there are long periods of time when the benefits are paid very late after the semester is completed. The GI Bills does not offer transferable options to family members and if it does it has many unrealistic requirements that are difficult to meet. Family separation is the worst downside of military life, if you value family time, the U.S. Navy is not for you...

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management must be humble and respect the contributions of each individual and accept military diversity as a positive future recruitment tool to improve racial differences.


  4. "Amazing Career Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Network Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Network Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The US Navy provides an amazing opportunity to succeed for any one who is willing to put in the effort. There can't be many employers who have an advancement program like the US military. You performance has a direct effect on advancement and pay increases are guaranteed! All allowances are tax free. These include allowances for housing, food, family separation, hazardous duty, etc. All your pay is tax free when you are working in certain designated parts of the world.

    Cons

    You are away from home upwards of 50% of the time. You will be deployed away from home for roughly six months of every 1.5 to 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for all you do.


  5. "Join the US Navy and let the world see you!"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits. Security. Patriotism. College education benefits provided. Learn a trade. A young man or woman can join and in a few years have gained valuable life experiences, dicipline and have earned enough to pay for college. Why wouldn't you.

    Cons

    Long hours and family separation.

    Advice to Management

    Mission first people always.


  6. "Its not just an adventure. Really there is a lot of travel opportunity and room for advancement."

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    Current Employee - Avionics Senior Chief in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Avionics Senior Chief in Patuxent River, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    Job stability coupled with the advancement opportunities. Hard work is rewarded as a norm. Job assigments are diverse. If you get bored in a certain position you can be sure that it will change in the next few years.

    Cons

    Extendeded and lengthly travel. Too much of a mix between your personal and professional life.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to perform what they preach. The two facedness is way too transparrent. Senior management does a great job of delegation to middle management but needs to be more visible.


  7. "Navy...accelerate your life?"

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    Current Employee - Submarine Officer in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Submarine Officer in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, including retirement pay.

    Cons

    Plenty of moves and quite possibly where you may not want to go.

    Advice to Management

    Reviews are based too much on your screening status and not enough on performance. Officers that screen for the next higher position don't need to compete in performance with those that haven't screened or are yet to screen.

  8. "Outstanding opportunity for adventure and satisfaction."

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    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding, including health insurance for self and family, ample opportunity for time off when not otherwise operationally engaged, access to tax-free Exchange shopping and low commissary (grocery) prices. Sense of satisfaction inherent to the job. Culture of fitness and adventure, including access to gyms around the world, as well as races and adventure trips coordinated by Morale, Wellness, and Recreation (MWR), a component that exists specifically to promote fitness and activities.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to go to war.

    Advice to Management

    Continue recognizing servicemembers for a job well done.


  9. "Accelerate your life in the US Navy!"

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    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work is generously rewarded. There are many opportunities for learning, education, training and advancement, more so for younger workers when the coming wave of baby boomers retires in the next 10 years. Under the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a 'pay-for-performance' system, extremely high performance is generally rewarded very well; young performers can advance quickly up the pay scale. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have worked my entire career as a US Navy civilian, beginning as a GS-2 and working up to GS-15.

    Cons

    NSPS is viewed by many as lacking in fairness and objectivity. While the US Navy is a 'high-performing' organization, some organizations are poorly managed and some areas are somewhat chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    After 31+ years, I've had enough, I'd really like an early retirement! Also, you need to get your shipbuilding program squared away!


  10. "Go Navy!"

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    Former Employee - Supply Corps Officer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Supply Corps Officer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clear path to advancement. Spectacular opportunities to travel and see the world. Deployments are pretty much the same as being at home only at the end of the day you don't have to drive home to go to sleep!

    Cons

    It's the Navy and we are at war. Your deployment can get extended. Your life is always subject to the needs of the Navy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that shore tours are for living. Sailors work plenty while deployed. The Civil Service provides some excellent perspective for us in that regard. The best ones work hard while they are there, but know that tomorrow is another day. When the carpool is leaving, it is time to go home.


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