US Marine Corps
4.1 of 5 1,654 reviews
www.marines.mil Arlington, VA 5000+ Employees

US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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4.1 1,654 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos

General James F. Amos

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Opportunity to see the world on the military's dime"
    in 39 reviews
  • "There is huge promotion potential, pay and benefits are good"
    in 34 reviews
Cons:
  • "Having to spend time away from family in both deployed and non-deployed enviroments"
    in 105 reviews
  • "Long hours and quality of life can depend on leadership/upper management"
    in 181 reviews
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A good start

2146 (Former Employee)
Twentynine Palms, CA (US)

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

ProsA very good reason to join the marines is to get a head start in certain careers and after serving for four years you get the G.I. bill to help pay for college.

ConsYou might have to move somewhere you don't want.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is to you to you to move up because the marines have a score that is up to you to improve and move to management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Life changing

E-7 (Current Employee)
Okinawa (Japan)

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

ProsBest way to gain an upper hand in the world immediately after graduating high school. Continued education and benefits make sticking around worthwhile.

ConsRequires a lot of sacrifice on your part to and your families part. Is all consuming of your life and time, especially during periods of unrest.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep trucking

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great life experience has pros and cons but the overall is the value you take when you transition out!

6153 Airframe Mechanical/QAR (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsThe life can be difficult but the little things you learn are great advantages later in life!

Cons10% that's all I can say. The 10% refers to the percentage of staff NCO's and Officers that bring valid value to there fellow marines. It appears that once time in grade is meet the wheels fall off and 90% coast and don't invest in their junior marines.

Advice to Senior ManagementFair to Good advancement is only gained on once ability to work hard. Down side is in the Marine Corps running fast and shooting well leans to advancement more than MOS abilities. I'd like to see MOS knowledge be a bigger advancement factor.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The Best, to Serve Your Country

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time

ProsThe Title Of US Marine

ConsThere are not many cons

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Carpe Diem

Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee)
Jacksonville, NC (US)

I worked at US Marine Corps as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsThe commodore, you meet people from all over the world and will learn to work together and overcome tasks and missions you thought could not be possible.

ConsThe work tempo going from working countless hours and sometimes up for days working to complete a certain mission to sitting around waiting and doing "busy work" like small minimal tasks to pass time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The, few, the proud, the MARINES

E5 - Marines - Sergeant (Former Employee)
M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI (US)

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

ProsBy far the best time and experience of my life. I joined when I was 17 and spent 6 years in the Marine Corp. If you work hard an follow orders you will advance. The camaraderie is second to none. I had the pleasure of serving with Gen James Mattis while assigned to Kilo 3\3. He was a Captain at the time and even then was one hell of a leader and Marine.

ConsThe only con is you must expect to be deployed for long periods of time. It takes a real commitment and you and your family must be ready for some serious sacrifices.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay the best...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Love-Hate

Embarkation/Logistics Specialist (Former Employee)
Jacksonville, NC (US)

I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNetworking, Benefits, Secure pay, Responsibility

ConsMicromanaged, Less family time, Bad Leadership, Promotion

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the promotion system. Indeed we are all riflemen, BUT we are not all infantry anymore. Too many time I had to step up because my supervisor did not have any knowledge. You'll have unfit people mentally and physically slip through the cracks and get promoted. In some cases instead of helping those around you, leadership will look after themselves. Instead of thanking those that help accomplish the mission, the highest rank in the group that didn't lift a finger will be rewarded. If a person does not like you whether its for good reasons or no reasons at all, they will have a personal vendetta against you. Not realizing that they can ruin you're whole life even after enlistment. Sometimes you'll have great leadership that will lead you to not only become a great Marine, but a great man or woman. But real leadership is pretty rare. You do get to travel, but it's not what you believe it is. Depending on what MOS you have in the Marine Corps it may carry over and help you if you so decide to become a civilian and work the same field you did in the corps. I advise that you take advantage of the education WHILE still enlisted, as soon as you are in the fleet. Even if you don't believe school is for you. Because you never know what will happen after your 1st enlistment and I know most people that didn't want to go to college, ended up going and pursuing more education to get ahead. It's a humbling experience for some. Marine Corps is a business. They're going to take everything out of you no matter how long you decide to stay. So you better take everything out of it, like the benefits and information that they provide you. For example: education, MSG, Officer Candidate School, classes and courses for your MOS, financial classes, investments, etc. There is a plethora of things the Marine Corps can provide you for a better future. It is up to you to find out more on these things. Most of all make the best of your experience. Everyone's experiences varies depending on your leadership, just like any other career or job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The few the proud.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Marine Corps

ProsGreat people and exciting work environment

ConsWork life balance can be mediocre at times.

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The Most Rewarding Job Ever

Infantry Squad Leader (Former Employee)
Camp Pendleton, CA (US)

I worked at US Marine Corps full-time for more than 8 years

ProsLeadership, teamwork and technical competency were excellent. Enormous pride in all that is accomplished. The experience had a positive influence on my life and the choices I made. The experience made me into a superior performer when compared to others who never served. Life long friendships. Very challenging work environment. No place like it.

ConsFrequent deployments make family life very challenging. You may have to "saddle up" at a moments notice and drop everything, including family. No place to have a family.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not allow the PC crowd to influence the tradition. Strengthen the standards! Be more aggressive in removing the non-performers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Outstanding and wonderful experience.

E5 - Marines - Sergeant (Current Employee)

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

ProsJob certainty, steady pay check, travel, experience, room for growth

Conshard way of life, early and late days at work, and no over time.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep leading by example.

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