[QUOTE=Navy2MSC;168703]The thing to remember is that MEBA/MMP represents officers at MSC, and SIU does represent the unlicensed, so I do think they have some say/input as far as the what pay gets negotiated at. That being said, when you break it down to a daily rate, I found the pay is lower than most union contracts, but within the same ballpark at least. But couple that with the fact that OT can be really good and you will most definitely be sailing more months than a union guy, you will make more money in a year at MSC.
The biggest difference I noticed from MSC and the commercial ships that I sailed as a cadet is pacing. When I sailed on the Great Lakes and a tanker in the Gulf, we were churning and burning at ports, trying to maximize our time at sea, minimizing our time in ports thus making max profits for the company. At MSC, like most government entities, there really is no bottom line. In fact, we will chill in a port when there is no mission because that saves the government money in fuel costs, it’s a lot like the Navy in that regard. The chill attitude is a double edge sword though, because some employees become extremely complacent and lazy and will take advantage of the system. Not all, though, despite the stereotype there are hardworkers at MSC. but there is a core group of sailors that are just here for the ride.
All in all, I think MSC is a good place for people in certain situations. I just graduated from the academy, and I’m still cutting my teeth here. My apartment lease ended when I graduated, so technically I’m homeless, so the long sailing times are a blessing for me because it allows me to save money by not paying rent anywhere. I also think this would be a good place for an unlicensed guy (not married/no kids) who desires to hawsepipe. You can rack up seadays here quickly, move up the ladder quickly (MSC promotes from within rather than hires out), and all training is paid for (reimbursed). And, a bit of a fringe benefit, you really can see the world at MSC, whereas most commercial ships you’ll see only a couple of stateside ports during a hitch.
MSC is not for everyone though. If you’re a mid career guy with a family/wife/kids/a life there’s definitely better options for work/life balance. But for the rest of us, there’s MSC.[/QUOTE]
I’m definitely going to be putting in my application once I achieve AB. Based on what you said, I think it’ll be a great fit for me.