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Enlisted sailor 2005-2009. Great experience for a young adult and can make a wonderful career for some.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at US Navy full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Too many to list, but here are a few:

Highly rewarding experience.

Pride in serving your country.

Advancement is largely based on a sailor's merits and the Navy makes an effort to keep it as objective as possible. If a sailor works hard, he or she will usually advance quickly. Although politics do play a role in advancement, they aren't nearly as important as they are in corporate culture.

The pay is good for a job that doesn't require a degree. It sucks when you start, but increases substantially as you advance. Many senior enlisted personnel are netting close to or above six figures after allowances and taxes.

Work-life balance is generally good when you're on shore duty.

You'll probably have a job that would be unavailable to you otherwise. Make sure you choose a job you think you will enjoy. Don't worry about choosing a job you think will appeal to employers after you leave. Once you use your GI Bill to earn a degree, employers will value your service regardless of the job you had while you were in.

There's no other job that will expose you to such a diverse culture. You will learn to interact with all kinds of people. You'll make a lot of close friends.

You'll get to travel to a lot of interesting places.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is great. I'm about to graduate from Berkeley with zero debt.

When you combine your service with a degree from a reputable college, your résumé WILL get you interviews for great jobs and internships. I'm talking bulge bracket investment banking, Big 4 public accounting, etc.

Way too many to list.

Cons

Very bureaucratic. Lots of paperwork for everything.

It's the military, so your job is to deploy when the Navy says so. Work-life balance usually sucks when you're on sea duty. Even when your ship is at its home port, you'll probably work a few 70 hour weeks for no extra pay.

Some of the leaders are incredibly incompetent. This is largely due to the use of quotas in the advancement system.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fix the advancement system. The Navy's enlisted leadership would benefit greatly from a more holistic evaluation. Too many people advance because they've been in their current rate for long enough or because the next paygrade is "open". This often results in the promotion of terrible leaders. Introduce selection boards of officers from other units for enlisted promotions. This would help to promote good leaders while keeping the process as objective as possible.

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    Historic and proud.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager/Helicopter Aviator in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager/Helicopter Aviator in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I worked at US Navy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Good benefits, close knit communities for those who want them, experience (especially leadership experience) that you won't get anywhere else especially in your 20s, good parties, and job to be proud of and believe in.
    -You are always in the know if you want to be as in the things your friends and relatives don't know you do because your active in the world.
    -Memories, jokes, and stories you can't make up and you could NEVER get anywhere else.
    -Awesome training opportunities.
    -Great network.
    -And of course you can see the world.

    Cons

    -Deployment and missing your family.
    -Pay is great to start for officer of enlisted but tops out quick.
    -Not a lot of room to truly move up pay wise. Limits on how long you must be in a rank before making the next. So no matter how hard you try you can't make it in less time.
    -Political.
    You have to listen to some else who literally controls almost every aspect of your life. For most jobs your boss/bosses may control the normal things but imagine everything being controlled by your front office. It can be very discouraging if your not that kind of person.
    -MAJOR good old boy clubs exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and know your people. The more you know about your team the more they can do for you. Don't be afraid to train and promote some one who is hot. Their success will be your success both professionally and privately.

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    US Navy

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Norfolk, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Norfolk, VA (US)

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, working conditions, experience, people, and benefits with many opportunities for training, travel, positions anywhere in the world.

    Cons

    There are many challenges and influences due to concerns about conflict of interest, EEO issues, burdens of bureaucracy, and personal security. You have to be willing to roll with it and make it work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making progress toward using the internet. Increase consolidation of seperate web sites to enable the user to be able to find their way through the web of available systems needed to meet work requirements.

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