Productive, good way to make a living for my family
Pipefitter (Current Employee), Portsmouth, VA – January 3, 2014
Pros: great benefits
Cons: cold and hot weather
A typical day at work for me starts at 6am. I install, repair and test piping on Naval Ships and Submarines. I have gotten a better appreciation of the Government by working in the Government. I have enjoyed working with my co-workers. Some of my co-workers have been working for the Shipyard for a long time and they have taught me a lot about my job. – more... The hardest part of the job is dealing with the weather conditions. The most enjoyable part of my job is knowing that I am doing my part to help out the Navy. – less
Supervisory Training Instructor (Current Employee), Portsmouth, VA – October 15, 2013
Typical day of work begins at 7:20 a.m. People are given time to review job assignments before being briefed by their supervisor. Gather equipment commence work and you are given latitude to take breaks and perform work independently. Most people are easy to get along with and work together as a team to get work finished.
Pipe Fitter WG (Current Employee), Portsmouth – October 8, 2013
. As a WG10 pipe fitter I perform a wide variety of duties inspecting, installing and repairing main propulsion and auxiliary piping systems and equipment on US Naval Ships and Submarines. These systems include: SUBSAFE systems, propulsion systems Salt water, Chilled water, Distilling plants, Main Steam, Auxiliary Steam, high pressure piping systems, – more... Lube oil, Fuel oil, Steam catapults, pumps, and HPACS Combat systems just to name a few. The majority of these jobs require a high degree of proficiency and first time quality particularly on SUBSAFE work. The nature of the work often requires frequent inspections, surveillance; quality control checks, and ship checks. I am also required to submit detailed daily written progress reports outlining the scope of work completed during a normal shift and update drawings for completed work. In the absence of a permanently assigned work leader I have been tasked with Work leader duties on a routine basis, and have assumed the duties of supervisor/work leader when supervisor is away on night shift. – less
Project Officer (Current Employee), Norfolk, VA – October 4, 2013
Functions as the central shipyard point of contact for assigned ship projects, providing overall coordination for engineering/technical design services, quality assurance and inspection, ship trials and delivery, progress monitoring/scheduling, and material procurement. • Conducts all aspects of planning and execution of intermediate level ship availabilities – more... in a fast paced, continuously changing, asset poor business. • Liaison with ship’s commander and department heads, squadron, and other commands. – less
Marine Machinery Mechanic WG (Current Employee), Portsmouth, VA – September 29, 2013
Pros: good benefits
Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a good place to work, they provide a good work enviroment that challenges your everyday skills. I've learned many new skills while working for the shipyard. Management is not the best, they forget to pay people who work for them, they mirco manage, they do not pass out important imformation till the last minute. The hardest – more... part of my job is dealing with the effects of the government, the debt within this country affects our jobs greatly. The most enjoyable part of my job is working with my hands. – less
Health Physicist (Current Employee), Portsmouth, VA – September 9, 2013
Pros: health benefits, good pay for work
Cons: lack of ownership, lack of accountability of workforce
Good advancement potential until you hit higher levels. Management quarrels affect the workforce negatively. Lack of ownership by individual workers. High job security with great vacation and health benefits compared to the civilian sector.
Nuclear Engineering Technician (Former Employee), nnsy – May 20, 2013
Old boy network as well as the Bortell mentality is alive and well at NNSY. They gave me a paycheck, but no opportunity for advancement or recognition of accomplishments. If you don't have an engineering degree in NEPD(code 2300) you don't have a chance.
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee), Surface Ship Machinery and Hydraulics – April 11, 2013
Cons: strict working hours
Norfolk Naval is a great place to get started as an Engineer. The benefits are what you expect from a government civilian job with ample time off and sick leave. However the working level engineer stops at a GS-12 and supervisors are a GS-13. Once you make the GS-12, you stay there for a LONG TIME. My management and coworkers are all top notch and I – more... enjoy days in the office. The most enjoyable part of the job is getting on a ship or down in a shop to troubleshoot and perform work. Whether it be testing, evaluation, production support or simply answering questions, getting on the deckplates is why I'm here. – less
Excellent Job Security with Challenging Work Enviroment
Mechanical Engineer, GS-8030-09 (Current Employee), Portsmouth, VA – February 27, 2013
Cons: lack of updated computer technology
Norfolk Naval Shipyard is a great place to start and maintain a career in the engineering field. It has a decent mentor program for new employees, which gives them a chance to learn and adapt to the company's way of operation. As government employee you receive excellent benefits including 401K, health and life insurance for both you and your family. – more... You also receive all paid federal holidays off, sick leave, and annual leave. The one downfall is the lack of technology of the computer systems, servers, and designing software. Due to the government budget issues the facility seems to be stuck in the last millennium. As a design/trouble shooting engineer we are tasked to do almost everything us 2d 2008 AutoCAD, with limited 3D modeling knowledge, and hand calculations for complex problem solving. Although the shipyard does have an FEA program, it is not user friendly and most people do not even know it exists, never the less know how to use it. The shipyard is a great place to work, but only if you can adapt to its style of operation. and old school methods of problem solving. – less
Computer Operator (Former Employee), Portsmouth, VA – February 27, 2013
Pros: incentive awards
Cons: 3rd shift (11 - 7) was a negative
In this posistion at NNSY, I enjoyed learning the process of ordering materials for the ships that came into the shipyard. Assisting the planners in getting acquistions out to vendors and receiving them back to the perpective ships was rewarding because once the overhaul of the ships are completed and on its mission is a rewarding experience. The team – more... that I worked with was a very exciting team which made it enjoyable to come to work. – less
Great place to work all employees showed team work and support for one another
Librarian Assistant (Former Employee), Portsmouth, VA – January 28, 2013
Pros: i was laid-off and had to leave the company
Cons: i love the work that i did and enjoyed the people that i was blessed to work with
My work day involved answering telephones, mailing out training material, assisting cutomers that visit the library, assisting co-workers in anyway possible. I learned how to re-set up a whole library after we had to move into a new building, copy and make training books for instructor nad students, learning how to mail out material and use the stamp – more... weighing machine, and oversee the operations of the Audiovisual when my Supervisor or Head Library were off for the day.
The management team was well organized and worked together in order to make the complete Code 1170.41. All my co-workers was a even greater joy to work with because they work very hard to as a team and show respect towars one another.
The hardest part of the job was when I was laid-off and leaing the management team and co-worker that I had come to love so very much. The most enjoyable part of the job was the hard work, team work, love that we all had for one another, and we accepted one another differences. – less
supply clerk (Former Employee), Portsmouth, VA – December 14, 2012
Pros: job security, close to home
I was a data entry/supply clerk. My job was "outsourced" and contractors were brought in to do the job I performed for years. I loved working for the Federal government, because of the job security and that I loved what I was doing.