Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Reviews

Updated 24 August 2014
Updated 24 August 2014
39 Reviews

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    Mechanical Engineer

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    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 for 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
  2.  

    Stable workplace

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    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
  3.  

    Great Internship opportunity for patent lawyers.

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    Current Employee - Patent Extern
    Current Employee - Patent Extern

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center as an intern for 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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    Not bad, but there is better out there...

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits & Job Stability

    Cons

    Stagnant, poor leadership .....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Good salary and benefits but declining technically

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    The salary is high, esp. if you spend many years here. The benefits are adequate, and some of them are great (e.g., the amount of leave you get). It is a stable job.

    Cons

    This organization has a very extended bureaucracy designed to prevent engineers and scientists from doing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your organization out from under NAVSEA, and start creating a culture that centers on technical personnel and innovative work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Contract Specialist

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist  in  Panama City, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Panama City, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    The job provides a good salary.

    Cons

    The job is working for the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer  in  Dahlgren, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer in Dahlgren, VA (US)

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities to chose from as far as type of work.

    Cons

    Some department management types do not trust their employees. This was made evident by a switch that I made between departments, which was from a more trusting environment to one in which Big Brother was obviously present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the extreme amount of paperwork required to order IT equipment. The amount of paperwork required to put in an order for less than $15,000 worth of computers is ridiculous. I'd guess that over half that amount is spent in oversight labor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Dirt review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. There really is no pressure to do well. If you want to just come to work and do nothing; bingo.

    Cons

    The company is structured to assist the US NAVY. However, to do anything, it takes two years minimum before you can actually physically install a software/hardware or mechanical device that may help improve the sailor's operational experience or to save fuel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to actually improve your employees and help advance their careers push for everyone at the company to have a FE and masters degree.

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    NSWC Dahlgren Review

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Dahlgren, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dahlgren, VA (US)

    I worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Good salary (Washington DC locality pay)
    - Broad range of technical opportunities
    - Excellent benefits and education support (paid for my Master's Degree)
    - Obtain government security clearance

    Cons

    - Slow and steady career progression
    - Long project cycles
    - Overbearing administrative requirements / mandatory training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to incorporate more innovative development strategies for newer employees so that they don't feel stuck in the "step by step" government career progression model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  West Bethesda, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in West Bethesda, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, strong values, good benefits, stable work

    Cons

    This is a federal government organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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