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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 24 January 2015
Updated 24 January 2015
385 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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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)

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  1.  

    25 year member with mostly aviation background.

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    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
  2.  

    24 years on active duty

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    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
  3.  

    USCG Reserve

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    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
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  5.  

    Great Organization

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    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
  6.  

    AET

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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

    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
  7.  

    Coast Guard

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    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
  8.  

    Great opportunities and great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Being a member of the reserves offers great opportunities, great benefits, and gives you a strong sense of fulfillment knowing you are giving back. The commitment is minimal compared to the benefits and your coworkers become more like family than anything else. Due to the small size of the service, the camaraderie is unparalleled and the opportunities for advancement are immediate.

    Cons

    While the obligation is minimal, advanced training can be lengthy. Especially since it requires time away from your civilian job. Reservists who are not employed by state or federal agencies can have a tough time balancing duties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to active duty leadership: take advantage of the desire and skillsets qualified reservists can offer as a supplement to the regular rotation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Coast Guard Officer

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    Current Employee - Coast Guard Officer
    Current Employee - Coast Guard Officer

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

    Pros

    Exciting work, great pay and benefits. Fun and meaningful work that is valued by the public and senior leadership

    Cons

    Frequent moves every 3 to 4 years and stagnant promotion opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for greater geographic stability

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    US Coast Guard Aviation - Pilot

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    As a young pilot, you get the opportunity to make a difference in military or civilian life. You will save a life, make a difference utilizing the skills of a pilot. When you get done in your first year, you WILL have saved a life. It is completely worth it to see the look on someone's face of relief that they will live and to witness a family reunited.

    Cons

    You may need to put up with an organization not dedicated to aviation exclusively. Some cons will be depressed funding for equipment and representation at the higher levels of the organization. The USCG is lead by 20th century ship/surface thinkers - lost are opportunities for the future such as advanced flight vehicles and Unmanned systems - all with sensors highly integrated. The USCG continues to search like it did in the 1950s - despite newer ships, they are still ships with limited sensors to find a person or assist the Homeland Security Mission. I have been utterly disappointed with lost opportunities I had on searches or other missions if I just had the equipment. Motivated and great people will only take the organization so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage tech. Free the organization of service acquisition - apply the time tested commercial off the shelf strategy to utilize the latest in technology and refresh of aging systems. Get away from heavy reliance upon large cutters with exception of Alaska and Arctic/Antarctic mission sets, concentrate on smaller more elite small boats, patrol vessels. Allow the USN to leverage littoral shipboard presence. Optimize the newer air systems with sensors and invest in COTS unmanned systems - more now than ever for Maritime Domain awarenss.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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