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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
359 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
  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 17 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 14 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.  

    Great service and great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The coast guard is the smallest military branch so you often run into the same people or at least someone who knows someone you know. We have great missions and a variety of career opportunities.

    Cons

    A bad mark can follow you around for a long time and if someone in your chain of command wants to, they can easily ruin your career.

  2.  

    Best government organization in the world

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work that helps people, communities, the world
    Job security
    Good pay
    Amazing benefits including 9/11 GI Bill
    30 days of leave per year

    Cons

    Long hours,
    Away from home/family
    Can be very dangerous depending on job/duties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fantastic organization but Micro management by email and mobile devices is getting out of control and resulting in a trust long lost of it's people. Bottom-line: Drives micromanagement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A fantastic way to serve your country, gain professional experience, and have daily and immediate job satisfaction.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    The compensation, benefits, and retirement program are all very competitive.

    Cons

    The opportunities for promotion and advancement are also very competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Adventure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    You get out what you put into the Coast Guard. Promotions are open to all based on ability. Move around a lot. Serve Amerivan public.

    Cons

    Move around a lot.
    Small organization alway competing for budget from HLS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The best life decision that I ever made.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits when compared to comparable civilian work available without a degree including 100% medical coverage for member and family with no deductible or copays. 4 years of college paid for after enlistment. Most career paths directly relate to a civilian career. MUCH BETTER quality of life than the other military services. This job is VERY fulfilling, you can and will make a difference. Even support personnel have opportunities to be directly involved in operations. I have traveled to many beautiful and amazing locations. The best part of the Coast Guard is being part of the Coast Guard. You will make life long friendships and have pride in knowing that you were part of what makes it such an amazing organization.

    Cons

    Qualifying for service it the first large hurdle. You must get a qualifying score on the ASVAB to get in AND pass a military entrance medical exam. This can be very difficult for a lot of people since about half of the people who apply will be disqualified for some reason.

    There aren't very many Coast Guard Recruiters or Recruiting offices. They seem to be very very busy, so just keep trying until you can get ahold of one. It took me a year and about 5 or more 4hour trips to get in. It was worth it.

    Basic training is probably the biggest challenge you will go through in your life. It is designed to transform you into a Coast Guardsman who can go out in that storm to save another person without giving up. This takes work. It is at least as challenging as the other services recruit training, maybe harder.

    You will have to listen and obey orders. If you can't do this, go find somewhere else to work. There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time. This is tough, but it is for a higher cause. You will be having adventures and making memories while you are away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the initiatives to make the school lists manageable. This is helping morale. Keep selecting the majority of officer candidates from within the enlisted ranks. It always helps to have a few officers at your unit who started where you did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work!

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, Adventure, Training and Leadership!

    Cons

    Military life can sometimes be tough on the family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An experience of a lifetime

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reservist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Reservist in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Medical benefits, training, getting underway

    Cons

    Paperwork, computer mandated training, constantly changing policy, so depending on your job, you will constantly be adapting to the new rules. Time away from family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merge the reserve retirement program with the active duty. Have a specific training program for the reserves. Make it policy to have ADT 1 to 3 weeks active duty after coming out of bootcamp and A school in addition to the regular ADT.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding career: Serve others while paying the bills

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    Current Employee - Volunteer
    Current Employee - Volunteer

    I have been working at US Coast Guard as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top-notch training, guidance and a real sense of purpose. Great coworkers that share a similar desire to serve (for the most part.)

    Cons

    Red tape on getting things done from high up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Mechanical Shop Supervisor

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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

    Awesome place to work, many perks

    Cons

    Short handed due to slow hiring orocess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Operations Specilaist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    paid leave, medical, some great superviors

    Cons

    Alot of supervisors will dump their work on you, blame game, politcal nightmare

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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