US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
325 Reviews
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325 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
175 Ratings

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 12 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great uniform culture

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

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

    Pros

    Paid fairly well for a federal goverment career. Opportunities for advancement are plentiful as the skillset of the jobis transferrable to many other fed agencies.

    Cons

    Salary non-negotiable (which is expected for a fed position but not the case everwhere). You are better heard if you are actually in-service, though the discrimination is not horrible it does exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better training program for incoming employees, especially considering the service members are rotated so oftena nd much knowledge is lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Contract inspections for civil engineering projects along west coast

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    Former Employee - Contracting Officers Representative  in  Oakland, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Contracting Officers Representative in Oakland, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Diversity of projects which made work interesting, fun and you were always learning.

    Cons

    They amount of computer problems in the field and if you couldn't get connected you had to wait until you got back to the station. Whens things were going well the upper administration would try and reinvent the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoyed working with them but yearly manditory training was getting old.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Brief stint as an officer

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    Former Employee - Lieutenant Junior Grade  in  Honolulu, HI (US)
    Former Employee - Lieutenant Junior Grade in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons of training and networking for professional development. Work-life balance is generally good. Lots of responsibility given to those of lower rank.

    Cons

    Sometimes you may have an overbearing supervisor. Commandants are constantly changing the direction of the Coast Guard. You don't get a lot of input in a rank based system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workforce and use that in policy/decision making.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My take on the CG

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Get to see the world for your job.

    Cons

    Can require long hours at odd times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    persons make this job difficult, not the people.

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    Former Employee - Machinery Technician Second Class  in  Abbeville, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician Second Class in Abbeville, LA (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, Reliability, better pay than entry level jobs of the same type

    Cons

    Huge responsibilities and life changing choices decided by people who have only weeks worth of training and potentially one or two instances of experience. a common motto is "perception is everything, the truth means nothing"
    Generally a lack in understanding by superiors, and mostly people willing to backstab for pieces of metal on their collars. Inflated ego's and stretching of the truth, for example, towing a person in due to a battery being dead can result in a news article stating "coast guard saves crew's lives in daring late night rescue"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the coast guard hires alot of young adults that are desperate for somewhere to go, when they arrive at your unit dont expect them to be a museum and willing to work 16 hours a day 6 days a week for no overtime. Punishments after punishments dont fix people, conveying understanding and support encourages growth of an individual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Steady Pay, medical, the opportunity to assist people in need. Always meeting new people.

    Cons

    Instead of getting rid of personnel that do not do their job, it is expected that other people do their job while the ones that are not doing anything get chance after chance after chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review how you are reducing the work force. There are personnel that are not doing their job, yet they just get moved to another unit while people that are doing their job and following the rules are being forced out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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