Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated 20 January, 2015
Updated 20 January, 2015
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  1.  

    Great benefits but mediocre salary with TONS of red tape.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    education benefits, most coworkers are dedicated to the mission, a LOT of time off.

    Cons

    salary, management, dead weight, all of the usual red tape you run into with big government

  2.  

    Great Job, Crushing Bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Coworkers are great (we're all in this together)
    -Flexible work schedule is great
    -Federal health benefits are tough to beat
    -Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) defined benefit plan
    -Opportunities for paid overtime abound
    -Most branch heads (bosses) are very easy-going and focused on maintaining work/life balance for all employees
    -Management is very accommodating to keep hard working performers happy by moving them to projects and assignments they are more interested in
    -Merit based pay system allows hard work to be rewarded with raises (continuing points) or incentive pay (bonus points)
    -Coming wave of retirement eligible baby-boomers will likely create many openings all around the organization

    Cons

    -Impossible to know how to advance in organization
    -Limited number of high grade positions limits possibility of advancing
    -On-the-spot awards have dried up with government budget issues
    -Pay freezes have stopped cost of living adjustments for last 5 years
    -New requirements, processes and paperwork have made purchasing ANYTHING an unholy nightmare
    -Whenever a deficiency is discovered in a process, the solution is ANOTHER process
    -Announcements for high grade positions are written with a specific person in mind
    -At times the day to day activities focus more on compliance with procedures and processes than with accomplishing the Mission of the Navy
    -Federal workers seem to be in the crosshairs for budget cuts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Wonderful Intern Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD (US)

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, very helpful and I learned a lot in the 22 weeks I spent there.

    Cons

    If you do not have a car, the bus works. But you are stuck to a bus schedule for your work schedule.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great Experience at NSWC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in West Bethesda, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in West Bethesda, MD (US)

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, friendly, smart people. Fun and nice atmosphere/campus. Lots of meaningful collaboration on projects, working toward important goals.

    Cons

    Huge facility, part of a system of many, many other labs. Being part of a big, bureaucratic government organization can have its pitfalls when trying to get new software approved, communicate with another lab across the country about something, get internet access for an intern, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update and modernize software. As a computer science intern, it could be very frustrating to have to code in outdated languages and versions of things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good but it could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA (US)

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance. The commute is easy.

    Cons

    Underpaid for amount of work/responsibilities. Too much bureaucracy. Limited promotional potential. Big old boy culture/mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting energetic employees with the experience/desire to fulfill high value positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Fantastic, loved the work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Dahlgren, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Visual Information Specialist in Dahlgren, VA (US)

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the creativity, and challenge working on warfare systems for Surface Navy.

    Cons

    Big Navy, big government equals red tape!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very difficult for management to make decisions, when all of the decisions are made uptown by DoD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mechanical Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, vacation/sick time based on seniority - 6 weeks vacation after 3 yrs. Good pay. Interesting work. Get to help the Navy. Stable employment. There are a lot of good people working there, who care about getting things right and helping the Navy succeed. Can learn a lot from the folks who have been working there, if you take the initiative and seek out mentors.

    Cons

    Limited advancement if you don't want to be in management. Bureaucracy. Takes forever to get things approved/implemented. Dependent on Congress/Federal Gov't to get their act together on the budget. Cost of living increases dependent on Congress/politics. Weak "formal" mentoring program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need strong mentoring program. Love the flex time.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Stable workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Stable, with few layoffs. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Difficult to stand out. Little knowledge of work impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design decisions should come from bottom-level people, less from management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great Internship opportunity for patent lawyers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Extern
    Current Employee - Patent Extern

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding work experience. Hands on patent prosecution experience of highly technical and innovative patents. Staff is great to work with and very eager to teach and mentor.

    Cons

    A lot of teleconferencing and not much face to face time with your immediate supervisors.

    Recommends

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