Compensation and Benefits are some of the best in the area
Apprentice Electrician (Marine/Shipboard) (Former Employee) – Newport News, VA – September 13, 2015
The negative in working with this company comes with the positive. It is a large company with thousands of employees. Therefore, you meet a lot of different people.
Some of the people you meet, really love their job, and many say they hate it. Some workers compare the shipyard to prison, or modern day slavery. That kind of hurt the culture there. Overall, morale felt low on a day to day basis.
Personally, I had several experiences there that I could have done without. But, for the most part, it was a job I liked having. I enjoyed the work (the majority of the time), though in times where there was a lot of overtime, there was a lot of pressure to work as many hours as possible, for weeks, sometimes months on end, without regard for the other factors in your life. That was a problem for me on occasion, at that stage of my life.
If you go to work every day, get there on time, and stay on your job... it's pretty hard to lose your job there. That is a major plus. Advancing can be difficult, because it's often about being seen as valuable by the right person. But keeping your current position is relatively easy.
Good pay for the work, good benefits, good job security typically.
Advancing is a question mark, there are many "older guys" who have spent their whole adult lives on the waterfront, and will work there until they retire.