US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
345 Reviews
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345 Reviews
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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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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, ethical work force, and the APO division is very well administered (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 13 reviews)

  • Time away from home (3 month in/ 3 month out patrol schedule on the ship I was stationed on) (in 12 reviews)

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    USCG HQ

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    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the most transparent services/agencies in the Capitol Region and the first to pass a comprehensive agency audit leading to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. I work with a dedicated team of intrepid professionals driven towards pro-active collaboration and product/service excellence.

    Cons

    Due this critical period of Sequestration and Reduction of Forces, we are now experiencing increased levels of competitiveness in both the commissioned and enlisted ranks which hinders professional achievement and team/personnel recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commandants' 1st principle "Steady the Service"... we must return to a sustainable state... and 4th principle, "Respect our Shipmates".

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    It is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to serve your country without going to war. The work is valuable and challenging, and if you stay long enough, the benefits will set you up for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Hours can be long without additional compensatio. When you first come in regardless of your rank, the compensation will start low. To tjose below, senior leadership can sometimes appear mired in tradition and old-school thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Diversity really does include diversity of thought which is nurtured many different ways including how one became successful in the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    A profound growth experience that allowed me to improve my leadership, technical skills, and respect for life & country

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    Current Employee - Military
    Current Employee - Military

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard, like all military services, builds leaders and dedication in individuals. It also provides excellent training that will help anyone become successful even after they decide to leave the military. Service to you country give individuals an extreme amount of pride and respect in their communities.

    Cons

    Military service does require some sacrifice but in the end those sacrifices are outweighed by the benefits military service affords its members.

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    DEAD END

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Training Specialist

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

    Pros

    Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times. The jobs here can be very rewarding IF you are willing to stagnate for years and retire at the predetermined maximum of the position you hired in at.

    Cons

    Some jobs are dead-end in the civilian workforce, and its hard to receive recognition for major achievements. Each workplace set of rules are different when it comes to advancement. The stock answer to these issues is "You can't get there from here" and "no one knows". If you intend to further your career, a civilian job won't get you there unless you know someone (nepotism runs RAMPANT).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide ALL of your valued civilian workforce with a path to improve themselves and advance upward BASED ON MERIT, NOT THE GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Job with a purpose

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    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Staten Island, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Staten Island, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, sense of purpose, service to country... Nothing is more gratifying then saving someones life. The long hours, bad pay, time away from family all seem to fade away. If you seek adventure, this is a great "company" to work for. With all the job opportunities and duty locations, there is hardly a dull moment. There are also numerous opportunities to work outside of your rate. This not only adds to the adventure, but enables one to learn new skills.

    Cons

    pay, work life balance (at times), relocating every few years... Take this with a grain of salt, as everyone knows this going in. This is more so for someone with a family, as the adventure is hard to sell to a child losing friends every few years.

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    Operations Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Involved in almost every aspect of CG operations.

    Cons

    Duty rotation sometimes doesn't allow for much family time. Staying up all night is very taxing on your body. Due to not many understanding everything you do, efforts go unnoticed quite frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Inspector

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The diversity of the job, people, and locations that you will travel to and transfer to. It's a secure employment and provides fairly good benefits.

    Cons

    It can be very challenging to work for a supervisor you can't stand or trust. You can't leave the company at will. Having to move when you're really happy with the unit/people you work with every 3 to 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of and respect those that you're in charge of. In return they'll want to do a better job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Many opportunities to grow and learn, but tough environment to be a woman.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to live in a variety of places, to attend specialty trade schools, acquire advanced specialty skills, broaden general skill set, meet and work with a diverse crowd, and save some lives.

    Cons

    Male to female ratio improving, but still not great. Aviation is particularly lacking in females, which, at times, can be tough.

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    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding opportunity. Absolutely loved it.

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    Former Employee - Machinery Technician
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician

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

    Pros

    Travel, prestige, opportunities are endless, merit, chance to make a difference in your life, or someone else's life.

    Cons

    Politics, change for no reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, don't drink the Koolaid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I had a great experience with the CG, it is a very dynamic service with an excellent workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern

    Pros

    Great leadership and very professional

    Cons

    Too many layers in the chain of command, often times difficult to solve simple problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the individual member that is actually conducting the operation

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