US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 27 April, 2015
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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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)

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  1. Engineer Petty Officer on board Cutter

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    Former Employee - Master Chief Machinery Technician in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Master Chief Machinery Technician in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Great working environment.

    Cons

    sometimes long hours while ship is at sea.

  2. Mid-grade officer

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    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great promotion potential, training, and working with private industry Top notch enlisted personnel

    Cons

    Routine moving, but that is part of the service

    Advice to Management

    Fewer civil supervisors and more active duty supervisors.

  3. Regardless of wartime activities, this military branch is always doing what they are trained to do.

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    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Key West, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Key West, FL (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay, travel, benefits, job stability

    Cons

    Beginning to be run like a corporation and not a branch of the military

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  5. Aviation Maintenance Technician

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    Current Employee - AMT2 in Honolulu, HI (US)
    Current Employee - AMT2 in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family time, steady pay, 30 days vacation, interesting missions

    Cons

    Serious lack of funding for the missions required to complete, slow waitlist for some career paths.

  6. maintence tech

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at US Coast Guard as a contractor

    Pros

    treated well good pay and benefits

    Cons

    away from home for awhile

  7. Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding to work for. Outstanding people

    Cons

    Always have funding issues

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    Project Manager/Project Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job variety; great experience and opportunity for exposure to many areas of a business. Lots of responsibility for a junior level person (junior officers fresh out of undergraduate are given a guarantee of a certain amount of responsibility, and this is usually much more opportunity than counterparts in civilian world)

    Cons

    little control over where you'll end up after a full assignment if you're on active duty. geographic stability can be a concern, but if you're on active duty (as I was) then that's what you signed up for and what you should expect

    Advice to Management

    Standardize expectations and outline them as soon as a new officer reports, especially from the Academy. This will give them the best chance at success for their career instead of expecting that the Academy sufficiently prepared them for their duties. Don't assume. If you lay out your expectations, then you can complain if they're not met. If you don't, then you're at fault as a manager for not giving your subordinate a fair opportunity to succeed.

  9. Excellent branch to work in!

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    Former Employee - Yeoman
    Former Employee - Yeoman

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scenery always changes, opportunity to work with the public, pride of doing something positive for the greatest country in the world!

    Cons

    Having to move or have your coworkers move, every few years.

  10. Office Automation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Federal employment offers flexible work schedule. They match the 401K contribution. Earn paid vacation time quickly. Also earn sick days quickly.

    Cons

    Rigid adherence to collective bargaining terms is required for civilian employees even in circumstances when the employee wishes to benefit the employer by bending the rules.

  11. Senior Chief Electronics Technician

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    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and opportunities if you apply yourself and take the initiative.

    Cons

    Some political issues and local cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for preparing people well and investing in training.

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