US Coast Guard

www.uscg.mil

US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 27 January, 2015
Updated 27 January, 2015
388 Reviews
4.1
388 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
211 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 15 reviews)

  • There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time (in 14 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Civil Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great training and relatively large amount of responsibilities at an early stage in the career.

    Cons

    The longer you stay in the organization, the further you get away from technical jobs and move into HR or management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    GOOD TIMES

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Gain a trade, and valuable expierence. You Get what you put into the service. College paid for and great benefits.

    Cons

    Very Long Hours at times. Pay can be difficult in the beginning but worth it in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive Experience as Civilian Intern

    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture of the office was a lot less intimidating than I expected for a military office. As a civilian they treated me with respect.

    Cons

    Working in a federal building had some minor annoyances related to security. Sometimes you could be late because there was a long line or incident at the security entrance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue treating the civilians as equals, try to provide more opportunities and awareness of them to the public for non-military positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    25 year member with mostly aviation background.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The people you meet and get to know and work with is amazing. The jobs are pretty rewarding. Being in aviation was a small knit feeling where you would see friends almost at every air station you visited.

    Cons

    Times are changing and with cutbacks, seems like reasons to stop letting service members be human. Young kids just joining are bound to make mistakes. Seems like now with a smaller budget, and the threat of getting kicked out for something stupid, lost its glamour and appeal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what it was like to start your career in the service and let the new members enjoy what the volunteered to do. Fight for new equipment and learn to stand up for the service and your troops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    24 years on active duty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    All of my assignments were professionally challenging and I worked with some of the best people I could ever hope to meet.

    Cons

    Relocating every 2-4 years as been difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    USCG Reserve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    I have been in the USCG as a reservist for the last 2 years. Overall it has been a very positive experience. It all depends on your rate and command. But very happy to be part of something different, great resume builder and opportunity to serve my country.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get / stay qualified. Not as challenging as I hoped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better, more specific opportunities for reservists.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Travel around the Country and in some cases the world.

    Cons

    OER Driven Leadership; Officer Corps is truly elite, on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting more from within the enlisted and OCS Ranks and less from the Academy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    AET

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, College, and Advancement Opportunities.

    Cons

    Bad pay and long hours. Move every 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the risk is worth the gain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Coast Guard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Suitland, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Management Analyst in Suitland, MD (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The Coast Guard is an excellent part of Department of Homeland Security to work for!

    Cons

    Supervisors are constantly changing because they are active duty military.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at US Coast Guard? Share Your Experiences

US Coast Guard

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.