U.S. Marine Corps Employee Reviews

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Mission oriented
Aviation Ordnance Technician (Former Employee) –  Cleveland, OHJune 23, 2018
Long hours full of hard work, plenty of training opportunities, mission driven, the hardest part of the job was being away from family, best part was the opportunities to travel
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Ultimate job satisfaction
Lieutenant Colonel (Current Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 23, 2018
As a U.S. Marine, you are part of the most elite fighting force in the world. Regardless of your occupational specialty, every Marine is a key contributor to mission success.
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Postal Clerk (Former Employee) –  Okinawa Japan and Camp PendletonJune 23, 2018
In the Marine Corps I served as an 0161 Postal Clerk on the island of Okinawa Japan and my last duty station was Camp Pendleton. During my time in service my duties were a Marine first and a Postal clerk second. While as a Marine/Postal clerk my duties included working Monday-Saturday shipping, receiving, working the cash counter with customers, counting money orders, reviewing package numbers/inventory, counting money and closing the registers while being supervised.
Pros
Retirement, Guaranteed Paycheck, Travel benefits
Cons
Some bad management due to egotistic attitudes.
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Low Pay
Field Radio Operator (Current Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 23, 2018
The benefits are good however it is ranked number 5 in the US for worst paid jobs, for someone who risks their lives and is on call 24/7 the pay is not sufficient.
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Pay
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Productive
Security Manager and Operations Director (Former Employee) –  Corpus Christi Naval Air station, TXJune 23, 2018
they are very hard working they accomplish the mission on time and on task. best branch of service to join the comadere is like no other. they leadership is the best.
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The change is forever
United States Marine Corps (Former Employee) –  United StatesJune 22, 2018
There s nothing bad I would say about the Corps. It taught me alot about life and I have carried those lessons with me for decades. Applied them in both my personal and professional life.
Pros
Everything
Cons
Left too soon.
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Competitive and Fast Paced
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 22, 2018
Long hours with hectic work flow. Good Compensation with fair pay. Growth is based on merit and accomplishments in respective roles. Afforded many opportunities to grow in work and in school.
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Highly recommended
Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Cherry Point, NCJune 22, 2018
Highly recommended to get your life started and get out of your parents basement. Benefits will last you a lifetime. Work varies with different job. Over 300 different jobs in 40 fields.
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Camaraderie was a cut above the rest
Supply Administration Clerk (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, NCJune 22, 2018
You work and live with your company. Everybody is like a brother or sister that you look out for and trust. The hours are long and the day can feel like it's never going to end but working with such a close knit group helped tremendously.
Pros
Free housing and meals
Cons
short breaks
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Viable Stepping Stone or Life-long Career
Cryptological Linguist (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJune 22, 2018
This isn't a job; it's a lifestyle. I would only consider this if you're single, and you're willing to give it 100% of your time and attention. You have to be comfortable with physical discomfort, and you'll have to leave your ego at the door if you want to make it through boot camp (i.e., Recruit Training).

Recruit Training is a grueling three months at either Parris Island, SC, or San Diego, CA. If you live East of the Mississippi (or you're a woman) you'll go to the former. Recruit Training is structured in phases: you'll participate in constant physical training, learn Marine Corps history, learn to shoot, swim, hike, and drill. If you pass the crucible (a week-long final test), you'll be pinned. Congratulations, you're a Marine.

You get a week to celebrate with your friends and family, and then you fly out for the month-long Marine Combat Training. It's like Recruit Training but the time you can sleep at night gets cut from 6-8 to 3-5. It sucks, but it's a month long, and you get to throw a grenade. You can get through it.

Then you go to your job school. This can vary any where from a few weeks to two years (e.g., Linguist). You're still bottom of the wrung at this point, so also expect this to suck.

Once you graduate from your school, you'll make it to the "fleet." This is the "real" Marine Corps, which is operations-oriented opposed to training-oriented. You won't have really made it until you deploy, which hopefully you do, as otherwise your military experience will always feel tarnished by having never gone overseas.

You'll still get most
  more... benefits like the G.I. Bill and VA health care, but that's about it. Don't expect to impress anyone with your training evaluations. With that said, your military experience can really only help you in you career advancement.

Only begin this journey if you're willing to put your family on hold. If you have an understanding wife or husband, you can possibly make it, but most early military marriages end in divorce. You can possibly juggle the two, but you'll pretty much be useless to everyone else if you insist on putting your family first. Starting a family is really a second or third enlistment affair.
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Pros
You have to travel, and you'll be volunteered for a lot of events. Free room and board. It's taken out of your paycheck, but you can save money if you're smart. (I.e., don't buy an expensive car or anything stupid like that).
Cons
You'll become isolated from friends and family; you CANNOT smoke pot, drug tests are regular and mandatory; you may develop a drinking habit.
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Its the military
Lead Marine Corps Water Survival Instructor (Former Employee) –  San Mateo, CAJune 22, 2018
The Marines taught me discipline for time management and how to lead others and create an effective team of cohesion and the ability to push the mental and physical limits of you and your peers.
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The Few The Proud
CH53 Helicopter Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, NCJune 22, 2018
Very rewarding Job. It was an honor to serve my country. It was a hard job at times but it was very enjoyable. The physical and mental challenges is what I enjoyed the most.
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What you make of it
Infantry Sergeant (Former Employee) –  United StatesJune 22, 2018
The Marine Corps is what you make of it. It can be great if you put forth the effort to make the best out of it, or it can be a horrible experience if you don't keep up with the demands.
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Marine
Marine (Former Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 21, 2018
Great opportunity to gain a lot of experience in a variety of fields. Great educational and health care benefits following exit and many job opportunities as a result of service.
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All depends on you
Motor Transport Operator (Former Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 21, 2018
The Marine Corps is what you make it for the most part but at the same time you can have some really bad leaders that make life unbearable. Not much you can do about that. Find a job that you like.
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Best!
Infantry Squad Leader (Former Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 21, 2018
Highly recommend this branch of services. It definitely has it's ups and downs more like a love and hate relationship. But its a job that you can call home and always another family to have. You have to be strong minded and willing to overcome challenges and be able to adapt to any environment you are put in. I have learned and experienced a lot. Glad I was able to become one of the few.
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Not for everyone
INFANTRY FIRE TEAM LEADER (Former Employee) –  Camp Pendleton, CAJune 21, 2018
One must be service oriented in order to thrive in the USMC. It's not for everyone. It takes mental toughness as well as physical stamina. It's a strong warrior culture that anyone would be proud and honored to be a part of.
Pros
Decent pay, benefits, sense of belonging and pride.
Cons
Petty jobs, poor leadership
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They will get their monies worth.
CH53E Helicopter Mechanic (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 21, 2018
I mean, its the military... you get what you put in, and then they take more than that. They never do promise you a rose garden. Make sure you have a good work ethic and tough s
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No rose garden
Sergeant (Former Employee) –  Camp Lejeune, NCJune 21, 2018
Your recuriter will sugar coat things a bit. As long as you make it through basic you will be fine. Dont be lazy, don't get married right off the bat, and dont blow your paychecks.
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Quick paced work, warehouse environment.
DISTRIBUTION CLERK (Former Employee) –  Camp Lejeune, NCJune 21, 2018
Daily operations were to distribute cargo to the units associated with us efficiently. There are many other military occupational specialties in the Marnie Corps, whoever else might experience something completely different.
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