US Navy
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My tenure with the United States Navy was rewarding. The work environment was productive while still encouraging a family like workplace. Oppurtunity for promotion was fair. Superiors did an excellent job of making sure personnel were given the tools to succeed and off the clock. All employees were thoroughly trained on how to do their job and given opportunities to seek positions of higher authority. Occasionally, working hours were long and last minute changes were thrown into the workload.


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Occasional extended working hours
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Good place for a young person to develop self-disciplne and learn a skill

Good pay, benefits, skills training, and an opportunity to travel to places most people will never see in their lifetime. If you aren't interested in a career in the Navy, you will learn skills that will transfer to a civilian job.
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teaches leadership, helps you develope as a person.

Pay gets better after a few years, then it increases steadily and is decent for the amount of time in service. Alot of special pay. ALL the benefits. 30 days a year paid leave. Sense of pride and accomplishment. Learn tons of skills. Become excellent manager and learn how to communicate with your people.


Three hots and a cot.


Some bad leadership. Favoritism. Sweeping water off the ship while it's raining.
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Great Travel

Best travel opportunities ever. Love the per diem opportunities. So far I have been to 10 countries and have only been on a ship out to sea for 30 days.
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Ocean life

Deploy and be on the seas forever. Sometimes you get to see beautiful countries we are pretty much the punching bag of the military except for national guard, coast guard and space force LOL
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Highly Demanding Service

The US Navy is challenging and rewarding at the same time. The opportunities for advancement are straight forward and competitive. There's great repour among piers and educational benefits while you're in service and post-career. The work-life balance is the strain in this line of work, and to do this job you need to be willing to sacrifice time to professional duties.


Education, On-Job Training, Opportunities for Advancement


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Not a place for an established family or older person.

The Navy is a great place for young people out of high school or someone needing to develop a stable career. Sea duty is very hard on families but shore duty makes up for some of that lost time. Choose a good rate that can be used outside of the military, not CS or ABH...
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Must be someone who likes clear rules and regulations in order to truly enjoy it.

If you are ok with being a instrunment in the band rather than being the artist, you"ll do just fine here. A lot of the time your job will really be the only one you ever do. Most of the processes are overcomplicated and antiquated.
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Good for experience

Typical day at work - Get to work at 0700, make sure everyone is there, go over the events of the day, then go about the 90000 things that your division needs to get done. After that, your chain might let you go home at 1600 unless you're on duty (then you're staying the night, shipmate).What you learned - Got some OK experience for the real world, but it seems like they don't want to teach you TOO much so that you will be more inclined to stay navy.Management - Chief mess is terrible & toxic. Junior officers are usually cool but once they get to O-3 and above they get stuck up and usually treat you terribly. Workplace culture - "It wasn't like this in the Navy I joined." Everyone gets married quick because it effectively doubles your pay as an E-4 or lower.The hardest part of the job - The stressThe most enjoyable part of the job - Deployment can sometimes have its moments


Job experience, easy training.


Low pay, duty, watches, working hours, work-life balance, senior ranks, living onboard, underways, drills.
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Stable salary. Growth dependent on job

Most leaders only care about themselves. People that do care tend not to stay in. Benefits are good for a family. People will say they care about your career but will turn around and make decisions to mess your career up.
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Demanding but full of memories

A lot of fun and will make life long friends. Other than that, do not get married for BAH. Hours may vary especially during operational settings and make sure to be healthy
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Good job when someone doesn't know what they want to do yet

Gave me the opportunity to learn a lot and gain a full education. The GI bill is great to use after as well. You will make a lot of friends and form strong bonds with your comrades.


Great benefits and reasonable pay


No flexibility since it is the military
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lots of work and training

Great training and work opportunities. Lots of responsibility. Plenty of opportunities to train for career development. Great place to gain new skills.
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Stressful and Unrewarding

The leadership is almost always toxic. The hours are ridiculous. The evaluation process is broken. The recruiters will get you with the benefits but they are not worth it. Your “free” medical is ran by 18 year olds with no degree and doctors with no experience. Not to mention, if you reach out for mental health help it takes forever to receive care. Currently being separated for “adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depression” after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. If you are referred out into the civilian world (who are all more qualified than the sailors running medical) they don’t believe the diagnosis and reevaluate you and change your diagnosis to benefit the Navy.
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Promotion is available depending on your job and your work ethic. Very tough work to life balance and a very tough job culture as well. Bonuses are available for in demand jobs but often require years of contractual obligation to actualize.
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Utilizes dated Fortune 500 concepts, always behind the curve, and endless opportunities.

Management: Enlisted senior leadership lacks "behind closed doors" comradery. Top-level enlisted leadership is generally aware but is left powerless due to a myriad of reasons. Favoritism is a regular occurrence.Work varies by location but there are a few constants:-Paper Tigers usually advance faster-Silver tongues and charisma go far-If you make your senior leadership look good, they will make you look good; so be okay with them parading you around in a "dog-and-pony" show and you'll go places fast.-It's generally viewed that if you advance fast then you must be good at your job.Now, if you made it through all that and are still considering a career in the US Navy take this note:Don't talk to a recruiter before you try to get in, talk to someone in the Navy that has made it to E5. Why? The recruiter is trained to offer you half-truths and fill the job fields that the "Big Navy" wants to fill due to shortages in manning. The E5 is in that sweet spot of responsibility, experience, and technical knowledge where they will provide you with more honest answers.I'll part with this: If the best part of the job is, more often than not, leaving work for the day... ...consider your life decisions.


Allowances for housing/food, addition pay allowances for specific duties/scenarios, medical


Allowances set below local costs, additioal pay allowances come from scenarios that will cause you physical/mental stress, misogynisticnvironment still prevalent, will be treated poorly by leadership if met with illness or injury
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Get some perspective forsure

I personally didnt enjoy the Navy but one thing is forsure is everyones experience is different. For example their Rate, Station, chain of command etc. I knew dozens of ppl I would stay in the Navy had we switched experiences. But you'll definitely come out the service being a whole different person then you came in. In a good way.




No home time, Gets depressing sometimes
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Lots of time spent away from home and when at home, spend long hours at work.

As a whole, the Navy is a what you make of it. You can get promoted, learn some good trades and management skill. That being said, the long hours and the seemingly endless amount of work that needs to be done is taxing. It is nice being part of a hole that is bigger than yourself and with that comes a sense of pride. Just not the job I would want to continue to have.
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Depends on what your needs are

Can be a good place to work depending on your needs at the time. Advancement is not great for certain jobs but benefits are a plus though this change often.
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Provides great structure

A typical workday in the U.S. Navy (shore command) begins at 7 am and ends at 4 pm, unless you have to work extra hours (stand watch). The hardest part of the job is having to follow instructions (commands) that either make little to no sense or you know are not efficient or effective just because you are out-ranked. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to work with people from all walks of life and build camaraderie. The workplace culture depends on which facility location you work at and whether or not good leaders are in place. For the most part, management is good. I learned many things in the U.S. Navy, such as the importance of paying attention to detail, how to be a good leader, and self-discipline, just to name a few.
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It was beneficial

Joining the navy has its good and bad just like any job. It was first job I’m glad I made the decision I made but it didn’t come without sacrificing a lot of things you can’t get back.
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Based on 34,408 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.4 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
4.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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