Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

How is SPAWAR structured?
SPAWAR is a Department of Navy organization that is comprised of integrated organizations working together. Headquartered in San Diego, Team SPAWAR also includes two systems centers, three program executive offices, one joint program executive office and liaison office located in Washington, D.C.

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Where is SPAWAR located?
SPAWAR has facilities and employees working around the world, click here for the list of main locations.

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Does a career with SPAWAR mean that I’ll be in the Navy?
As a civilian employee at SPAWAR, you’ll be doing vital work that enables our Sailors and Marines to defend our nation. You may work side by side with the active duty men and women your work supports, but SPAWAR is staffed primarily by civilians.

That means you will not be relocated to new locations without notice or consent. You won’t wear a uniform. The reporting structure is not military. These are civilian careers in support of the military. You will be a federal government civilian employee, and you will not be joining the armed forces.

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Will I earn as much as I would in the private sector?
SPAWAR’s salary is comparable to the private sector. In fact, in some instances we offer more lucrative pay than major private sector contractors. You’ll also receive generous benefits including a Thrift Savings Program with employer match, paid leave, healthcare coverage, flex time and more.

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Is the technology leading edge or less advanced because it’s government and not private sector?
Our projects are on the very leading edge of technology. There’s no innovation gap between the systems we’re developing at SPAWAR and the systems being developed by private sector contractors. Major advancements are being made at SPAWAR all the time.

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I submitted my resume. Does that mean I’ve applied?
No. Applying for a job is not the same as submitting your resume. You can submit your resume to SPAWAR to be included in our resume database, which will allow us to stay in touch with you if and when openings come up for which you should apply. This does not mean you’ve applied for any open positions. Application processes vary based on qualification levels.

That doesn’t mean that you should skip the step of submitting your resume, though. When you enter your resume into the database on this Web site, SPAWAR hiring managers across the nation can access your resume and consider you for vacant positions. If you’re a match, they’ll contact you directly and give you specific directions. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities you could be perfect for. Take a look at our Hiring Process page for more detailed information.

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How long does the hiring process usually take?
You will receive notification when your resume has been received. Thereafter we make every attempt to contact candidates of interest in a timely fashion. If a vacancy exists and a manager would like to interview you, you will be contacted accordingly. Always be sure to have your most up-to-date contact information posted on your resume.

Where can I find more information about SPAWAR?
Go to our home page at www.spawar.navy.mil.