US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
332 Reviews
4.1
332 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
178 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Work-Life balance, pay, benefits, opportunities to grow and learn for future endeavors (in 9 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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  1.  

    Career Builder

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance  in  Morgan City, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance in Morgan City, LA (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some of the best practical experience available anywhere while networking with top professionals. Great access to training that will further knowledge skills!

    Cons

    Lower wages and longer hours than industry counterparts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To increase personnel retention, consider revising military pay scales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Organization with many possibilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is a military service that directly impacts fellow Americans mostly off US Coasts. It has all the benefits of DOD plus your training is utilized daily conducting or supporting multiple missions not just preparing for unfortunate threats abroad.

    Cons

    Constant transfers regardless of performance and the job list to pick from is more of a wish list. Your happy if you get the 2, 3, or 4 year assignment in the geographic area of interest. If not, tough it out until the next transfer or your contract is fulfilled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and exelent benefits.

    Cons

    The lack of geographic stability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experiences in a wide variety of locations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, opportunities to see the country, a challenging and dynamic work environment, ability to make a first hand impact on people's daily lives

    Cons

    Family instability with long hours, required moves every 2-4 years and sometimes unpredictable work schedule; longs office hours during certain times of the year to meet reporting requirements; around 20 years of service job opportunities significantly decrease

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This is the best professional decision I've made in my life!

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    Current Employee - Pretty Important Person  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Pretty Important Person in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Stability, medical, dental, honest work, training, roof over my head, travel the world, opportunity to save live, help protect the environment, and be apart of something average people couldn't understand.

    Cons

    Your at the governments beckon call, often people or supervisors are rewarded for being jerks, and more often than not, your risking your life every single day. We could be always payed more cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with commissioned officers (academy and OCS grads). More often than not the enlisted work force has more college under their belt than officers unlike in the early years, officers had schooling and were groomed to be leaders. Utilize the enlisted ranks to advance and allow the Warrant Officers and the senior enlisted (Master Chiefs and Senior Chiefs) to run the Coast Guard. I feel the Coast Guard will run more efficient, safer, and a higher degree of effectiveness would be achieved. Also, we should be exempt from paying federal taxes because it is the very taxes we pay that get turned around to pay our own salaries. It doesn't equal a win, we actually lose more than the average person besides, we volunteer to provide the cloak of freedom that this country and it's people live under every day of their life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Job

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    Current Employee - Military  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Military in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    My experiences have been very favorable. The reason I am leasing is to pursue another career route.

    Cons

    A downside is it didn't have a easy path to the career field that I wanted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders- Lead your people and set an example. Do not let the power go to your head. Learn from those below you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good job security, decent pay.

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    Former Employee - Military  in  Alexandria Bay, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Military in Alexandria Bay, NY (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of travel and good benefits.

    Cons

    There is the usual Government red tape

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Set this straight...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Decent pay, good hours if you know how to do your job, played correctly, one can easily find themselves in a comfortable position. After careful study, career progression become obvious.

    Cons

    A lot of hype! Too many missions is an excuse for lack of competence. Emphasis on inflating oneself on evaluations (read the standards-they're impossible to attain unless you make stuff up and your boss agrees). Often rewards "diversity" that is poorly qualified to hold position but supported by Congress. I still haven't seen intelligent people who come from areas of genocide get jobs. Civilian employment often used as pork to incompetent "lifers."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going the way you're going there won't be a separate CG.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Junior Officer working at Command Control Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN)

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Portsmouth, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portsmouth, VA (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At the Coast Guard's engineering centers of management there is a lot of free time to pursue outside education and certifications. A decent amount of travel to cool places, like Alaska and San Francisco.

    Cons

    Very poor office culture. Surrounded my unqualified career government employees who are only interested in doing 8 hours a day. No support from upper management for creative ideas or change of any kind. Soul draining to be here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the ridiculous processes. Enforce competency. Hold people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not family oriented like they state they are when you are enlisted.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Military service, pension after 20 years

    Cons

    When you are enlisted and have family problems or medical problems they are quick to not help you at all and find some reason to discharge you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all enlisted people fairly. We are the bulk of your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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