@quihgon, this is just my two cent (so you know it's not worth anything), wherever you go, wherever you work, there will be people that hate the job, love the job, and in between. MSC has a high turnover rate based upon the lengthy time spent out at sea. A lot of people just cant handle the away time from the their families, which may give them the ultimatum; Come home for good or don't come back. Based upon your situation, MSC sounds like a great fit for you. Glassdoor.com has numerous reviews/inside look on MSC, but since we live in the world of instant gratification, ill provide Cliffnotes Pros & Cons
-MSC falls under DOD/Dept of Navy so you have access to the base with your CAC card. Don't quote me on this next part, but I THINK your children can obtain a CAC card as well as long as you are actively working with MSC & they are at least 10 years of age.
-Hotel & Per Diem (*During training if you live 50 miles outside of Norfolk)
-Federal Benefits, Healthcare, & Retirement (5% matching Thrift Savings Plan)
-Easy to accumulate sea time. If you don't want relief, don't request it. (Staple Easy Button)
-IF YOU DONT GET RELIEVED ON TIME, from day 1-30 its an extra $25/day added to your check. Day 31+, it's $50/day added.
-Job security. As long as you keep your eyes open and mouth shut for one whole year (aka pass probation) and don't fight anyone, you'll always have a job.
-PAID base pay while on vacation
-Good/Great money if you're clocking a lot of OT hours
-Weekends/holidays automatically overtime pay. Any hours worked over 8 in a single day is automatically overtime. None of that "waiting until you hit 40 hours"
-Great travel opportunities
-Up grade potential on credentials
-Incentive pay (ammo pay, hazardous pay, etc)
-Oh, PAID base pay while sitting in the "pool" waiting for ship assignment.
-Current rotation (120-150 days on, varying IF relieved on time/ abt 30 days off) *But that shouldn't be an issue for you
-May get stuck with lazy co workers. Here's a little secret. . .(leans in and whispers) "That's EVERYWHERE! lol
-May experience favoritism and politics on ships
-Restricted internet onboard
-OT hours vary ship to ship
By no means, am I trying to sell you on applying to MSC. You have to make that choice for yourself. If a lot of away time is what you're looking for, then MSC may be a great fit for you. Don't go in blind. Have a plan, map it out, bank the coin, grab your ankles, and enjoy the ride! lol