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Royal Navy Reviews

Updated 18 October 2017
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Pros
  • Good travel, good training, well looked after get paid to see the world (in 12 reviews)

  • Excellent training & Travel good long term career (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Time away from home (obviously) and occasional "that's life in a blue suit" attitude to complaints (in 26 reviews)

  • time away from home on regular basis (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Best Time Of My Life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time

    Pros

    Travel, Pension, Amazing, Wage, Housing

    Cons

    Nothing at all, only in need of more men and women

    Advice to Management

    Keep going, in need of more men/women and ships


  2. "Mine Clearance Diver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time

    Pros

    Diving, EOD, IED, Weapon skills, Operational experience, life skills, Medical skills,

    Cons

    time away from home on regular basis


  3. "Weapons engineer"

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    Current Employee - Weapons Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Weapons Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Navy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    See the world. Great pay. Team work. Military ethos.

    Cons

    Can't plan your family life

    Advice to Management

    Stabilise work life balance for retension.


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  5. "It is what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Leading Hand in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Leading Hand in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great career structure. Progression is there if you want it. Opportunity to travel. You make some great friends.

    Cons

    You will struggle to plan your life. It's a young man's game.


  6. "You are just a number."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. There isn’t another sheer of employment that will give you the bond that the military will. Aye aye.

    Cons

    Management are out for themselves and their progression. Don’t let them tell you any different. Wake up, people are leaving because of you.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes.


  7. "Royal navy"

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    Current Employee - Weapons Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Weapons Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Royal Navy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy working life, good opportunities for career progression if you are committed.

    Cons

    Can easily be called a lifestyle and not a job. Definitely not for everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the lower ranks as these people are the future of the Navy


  8. "More PR than substance"

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    Former Employee - Fleet Air Arm in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Fleet Air Arm in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can see the world and do some cool stuff.

    Cons

    It is no longer a credible fighting force which would quickly show if it were called on to do so in a serious conflict.

    The benefits such as private education for children, pensions, sporting opportunities, housing quality, expenses have all been cut back massively.

    They want to do the same or possibly even more than previously which much fewer people and ships/aircraft.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic about what can be achieved with what the Navy has and be honest with the tax-paying public and politicians.


  9. "Engineering technician submarines"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time

    Pros

    Good bunch of lads to work with and decent pay for submariners

    Cons

    Time away from home (obviously) and occasional "that's life in a blue suit" attitude to complaints.


  10. "RN"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits and travel

    Cons

    Difficult to achieve work-life balance


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Officer - Royal Fleet Auxiliary"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Officer - Royal Fleet Auxiliary in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Engineering Officer - Royal Fleet Auxiliary in Portsmouth, South East England, England

    I worked at Royal Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Fantastic people to work with, excellent camaraderie and sense of belonging to a wider family.
     - RFA deck and engineering officers' core seafaring qualifications are civilian and STCW accredited, ie they are recognised worldwide and one can move to the civilian commercial sector without any retraining or additional qualifications required.
     - The service will pay for you to sit higher tickets and give you paid study leave to do so.
     - Better standard of accommodation on board than on RN warships. Everyone has their own cabin and officers have their own toilet/shower.
     - More formal than Merchant Navy but less so than Royal Navy.
     - More leave than Royal Navy. Typical rotation is four months on ship followed by three months on leave.
     - RFA engineer officers get far more practical experience swinging spanners than their RN counterparts.

     - Overall excellent life experience, many good friends made and good times had from the sublime to the ridiculous. After twelve years I found the service to be akin to a large extended family with a strong bond of belonging. Fantastic opportunities to gain skills, qualifications and experience that make you a superstar in "normal" jobs.

    Cons

    - Salary is lower than equivalent rank in the RN.
     - Below rate of inflation pay rises for many years now.
     - Pensions have been messed about with and are now worth far less than they were previously.
     - Chronic mismanagement of people by the service has led to low morale and toxic atmosphere between those on ships and shore side senior management.
     - Better remuneration (both leave and salary) is relatively easy to come by in the commercial sector especially for experienced officers with higher level tickets.
     - A Byzantine RN/MOD bureaucracy that often feels like it impedes you doing your job rather then supporting or enabling you.

     - Overall at times I was left incredibly frustrated, demoralised and devalued by poor management and those times became far more frequent in more recent years. I saw some absolutely astonishing briefs and communications from the people at the top that left me wondering what planet they were living on. It often felt to me that the service was being run into the ground in order to meet short term objectives or commitments and this left it in a perpetual state of crisis.

    Advice to Management

    - The engineering manpower crisis was caused by management treating the people as expendable resources rather than valuable assets.
     - Stick vs Carrot. Whilst the stick can be an appropriate method, using it to the exclusion of all else over a long term period can (and is!) damaging the service.
     - Consider that knee jerk short term solutions to long term problems might actually perpetuate those problems.
     - The recruitment literature and material for technical branch officers is utterly awful. Get an engineer to write it for you not a civil servant who has never seen the inside of an engine room.


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