US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
2,072 Reviews

4.2
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
General James F. Amos
969 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 52 reviews)

  • You get to travel, see the world and get aquainted with other people of the world (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to spend time away from family in both deployed and non-deployed enviroments (in 127 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 220 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best thing I ever did.

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    Current Employee - 6124  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - 6124 in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good team environment that allowed me to pick up a lot of different skills.

    Cons

    The time spent away from family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I learned how to not only lead, but how to work until everything is completed and give my all to everything that's given

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic  in  Fort Dix, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Fort Dix, NJ (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I made some great and special brothers and sisters and I wouldn't take that back for anything. Also got to travel a lot and see the world while serving my Country!

    Cons

    Its tough to always be on the move and live out of a sea bag . Not everyone knows how to lead and handle power. It can lead to bad things and units can split because of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to help the Veterans faster and not leave anyone behind for ANYTHING! Need more opinions for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The best experience of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and you can travel

    Cons

    Long hours and pay isn't that great in the beginning unless your married

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Benefits, Satisfying Work Experience, Great Future

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    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant  in  Camp Pendleton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - E6 - Marines - Staff Sergeant in Camp Pendleton, CA (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Health, Dental and Educational benefits, great work stability, job security, excellent travel opportunities and amazing people

    Cons

    Possible lag in upward mobility in certain fields, inflexible management, high risk, high stress, high physical and mental demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Failure to address personnel issues in a reasonable manner and quick to remove personnel instead. Management is more reactive than proactive. Personnel is expendable, job mission has priority. Lack of focus on overall personnel satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    We didn't promise you a rose garden.

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    Former Employee - Helicopter Pilot  in  Okinawa (Japan)
    Former Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Okinawa (Japan)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are around fantastic people.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance if that is important to you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing Experiences in Horrible Places

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    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing and unique experiences. The ability to work with amazing people and make life long friends. Defend freedom. Travel to places no one wants to go to.

    Cons

    Slow promotions. Work inhuman hours. Your career will be a selection of the 3rd or 4th thing you want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on performance, not simply time in grade. Create a billet allocation/slating process to maximize value to the service-member not simply the "needs of the Marine Corps" (which means you are getting hosed).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A fantastic organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Judge Advocate  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Judge Advocate in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent job satisfaction and outstanding camaraderie with the people you work with. Every is extremely dedicated to the mission and are eager to "get to yes" to make things happen.

    Cons

    You do not control all aspects of your life and have to adhere to a greater level of discipline than the rest of the world. However, if you are attracted to the Marines in the first place, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A lot of politics and senseless tasks but it was a great 5 years I wouldn't trade.

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    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal  in  Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Jacksonville, NC (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Advancement, pay, excitement, cammodrie, and booze.

    Cons

    Long hours, terrible starting wages and working conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit allowing my corps to because nothing more than a political machine. We can't stop hearts from beating with a bleeding heart.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Marine Corps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Travel and adventure camaraderie and weapons

    Cons

    pay, family life, long deployments

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience overall. Different type of lifestyle than most jobs, but awesome!

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    Current Employee - Imagery Intelligence
    Current Employee - Imagery Intelligence

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, challenging and competitive. Rewarding experiences and outstanding opportunities while in and for the future

    Cons

    Ups and downs like any career, definitely sacrifices to made with your personal time because you're always "on call" and with deployments which are pretty standard for any branch of service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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