Excellent understanding supervisor allowing me to telecommute
General/Ocean Engineer (Current Employee), Washington, DC – January 20, 2015
Very unique position, not a lot of people doing this type of job. This position has provided me the opportunity to become familiar with many aspects of underwater construction including dredging and hydrographic surveying. I also have been exposed to project management including earned value management, preparing and executing contracts.
Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (Former Employee), Wahiawā, HI – January 19, 2015
The Navy gave me the tools for what I need in the real world. I went in with little confidence and came out on top. I advanced normally. My co-workers were from all walks of life originally, but I felt like I was a part of team. I felt like I belonged to something greater than myself. Serving my country was the best thing I've done yet.
Fire Controlman (Former Employee), Dahlgren, VA – January 19, 2015
learned vast knowledge in electronics including radar and weapons systems. military chain of command is the most organized and best form of management I have seen from any employer. co-workers are always supportive and always looking out.
Seaman (Former Employee), Norfolk, VA – January 19, 2015
Being in the military can be rough at times especially deployments away from family and friends. Deployments can be long and hard on families. In fact some families fall apart due to a deployment. However being in the military you are apart of something that is larger than just being in a job. Its a whole way of life that changes you. From the clothes you wear to the words you speak, heck even the way you do things like folding and ironing. Its an experience that some people chose to do for their whole lives.
Logistics Specialist Second Class (Former Employee), Lemoore, CA – January 19, 2015
Pros: great benefits
Cons: unbalanced hours, commands are not standardized in policy
The US Navy is not for everyone. It provides great benefits and unmatched type of work experience. It tests one's level of adaptability in a very wide range of responsibilities that are outside of one's specialty. This engages personnel in a way no tehr job will outside of the organization. The positive benefits of this is acquiring a high level efficiency when it comes to multi-tasking even during crucial times of the month. The negative aspect is that it can drain someone both mentally and physically very quickly.
All in all, it is a great job for those who can look past the politics and continue doing his/her responsibilities. Co-workers depend on which command you are stationed in and can be either good or bad. It is how one adapts to the culture of their current work place that affects how they ultimately feel in it.
The most difficult part of the job is following orders from someone who knows less and have assigned taskes that hinder efficiency or daily work. Though it is part of one's duty to follow orders from those appointed over him/her, it is difficult to be frustrated when the orders run counter to work efficiency. The balance comes from the enjoyable part in which you are exposed to different work cultures and different people, making you a more diverse customer relations specialist.
NUCLEAR ELECTRICIAN/E-7 (Former Employee), Norfolk, VA – January 19, 2015
There is no such thing as a typical day in the Navy. Everyday was a different challenge and learning experience. I worked with some amazing people. The most enjoyable part was being exposed to all the different people and cultures.
DECK DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR (Former Employee), Norfolk, VA – January 18, 2015
Pros: travel; food; experience;
It was truly something that i never wanted to leave...the United States Navy...I miss the traveling...I miss the foreign countries and meeting new people. All I can say is I will Always Love the United States Navy!!!!
Recruit (Former Employee), Great Lakes, IL – January 18, 2015
Since I was medically discharged after 3 months of active duty my experience is different from most other recruits. Unfortunately I never got past boot camp because of a serious shoulder injury I sustained on duty that led to me being medically discharged. I was only a recruit during my time there so I never got to see the real Navy that I was hoping for.
Human Resource Mgr, Req Analyst, Tech Writer (Former Employee), Virginia Beach, Virginia – January 17, 2015
Pros: diversity in the workforce
Cons: a lot of regulations to work through
Typical day in the Navy begins with physical fitness activities followed by daily meetings. My co-workers and subordinates were engaged with daily tasks and reported to me at the end of the week on progress of tasks and percentage complete of each task. Toward the end of my Navy career I was involved in work activities at the strategic level. The hardest part about my job was using technology in the military environment to complete tasks. This was due to many restrictions applied to the military intranet that prohibited using the latest operating software available on the market to mass aggregate information to manage assets and people. The most enjoyable part about my job was subordinate development, writing award and promotion recommendations,and aiding poor performers out of the military.