US Marine Corps Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
2,227 Reviews
4.2
2,227 Reviews
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US Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos
General James F. Amos
1,046 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Full medical and dental along with housing paid for (in 61 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to see the world as you learn great skills for the outside world (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • Significant time away from family and friends is a sacrifice you will have to make (in 148 reviews)

  • Long hours, stuck with some people that in the civilian world would have been fired (in 248 reviews)

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    Marine Corps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People, adventure, pay, experience, travel

    Cons

    rules and regulations and deployments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hard working day in and day out.

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    Current Employee - Motor Transport Mechanic in Havelock, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Motor Transport Mechanic in Havelock, NC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It will promote disipline in you and make you a harder worker

    Cons

    Horrible hours, always someone yelling at you, and very little freedom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    The quickest way to find yourself.

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

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

    Pros

    Being a Marine is your life. High Motivation is easy to keep even under the most stressful environments. Unity amongst your co-workers. Best bootcamp, highest prestige. Great compensation when you get out, hardly anything while you're in.

    Cons

    Being a Marine is your life. Low Compensation as enlisted. Difficult to push bad people out. General Amos Lied about going to the basic school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try new promotion techniques than the current cutting score system. Marines are not just muscles, but leaders and thinkers, they need to be challenged in creative/innovative thinking - not solely on PT times/Rifle Scores/ etc.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I had a very fulfilling and rewarding career in the Marine Corps

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    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The Marines is singular of mission and it is rewarding knowing you are protecting the United States. Pay is very good; benefits are very good as well.

    Cons

    Significant time away from home and the possibly dangerous work environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure the promotion process is fair and do not let good officers slip through the cracks due to unrealistic requirements which are sometimes out of the service member's control.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It was a good learning experience and I grew a lot as a person

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    Current Employee - Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Serve your country and learn a trade, my time in the Marine Corps helped me to mature quickly and taught me how to deal with stress and deliver results not excuses. The Marine Corps also instilled a lot of leadership traits and core values that I find still relevant in the private sector.

    Cons

    Long hours, sand, time spent away from home. Really not much else to complain about, it's the military, you should know what you are getting into.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A wonderful enriching experience.

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    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - E5 - Marines - Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Camraderie, Oportunity to Travel, Defend America

    Cons

    Long hours, disagreement with superiors uninspired to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less paper work, more old methods and tactics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The Marine Corp taught me valuable life lessons about work ethic and leadership

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    Current Employee - 1345 HE Operator in Camp Lejeune, NC (US)
    Current Employee - 1345 HE Operator in Camp Lejeune, NC (US)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything. It taught me a trade, how to be a contribution to society. It taught me self discipline, leadership, work ethic.

    Cons

    Depending on your leadership your work place will either be inept, or it could be amazing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Greatest decision I've ever made

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    Former Employee - Platoon Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Platoon Sergeant in Jacksonville, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Build responsibility and camaraderie, travel, make a difference, great benefits, fast promotion available, college paid for, fitness, respected profession, great for leadership development

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic, the government owns you (you are considered government property while enlisted), highly fluctuating work/life balance, physically and mentally taxing, especially difficult for families

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote staff nco's that show obvious lack of consideration/compassion for junior Marines. Practice what you preach...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    You get what you put in

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    Former Employee - Marine Corps Infantry in Camp Lejeune, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Marine Corps Infantry in Camp Lejeune, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, camaraderie, lots of schooling. Travel to interesting places, meet fascinating people and kill them

    Cons

    Long days, working outside regardless of the conditions, not treated like a human being

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Electronics Maintenance Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Marine Corps

    Pros

    Provides great life experiences. Excellent benefits. You'll make friendships that will last your whole life.

    Cons

    You are governed by a strict code of conduct which can be very difficult for some people to abide by.

    Recommends

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