US Coast Guard
4.0 of 5 251 reviews
www.uscg.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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4.0 251 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

(136 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Free training, steady pay and benefits"
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  • "Great benefits, much is provided for you beyond a normal job, including educational benefits"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "Generally spend great amount of time away from family"
    in 12 reviews
  • "A lot of time is spent away from home"
    in 8 reviews
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Best experience of my life

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at US Coast Guard

ProsTravel and see the world. Great leadership. Great opportunities to better yourself. Build confidence and team work skills. Extensive training.

ConsLong work days sometimes. Sometimes home life is sacrificed for work life. Unless you make the next rank, no bonuses or pay increases.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I spent 30yrs with the US Coast Guard and couldn't have picked a better career

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

ProsWorking within a very professional organization

ConsDealing with some of the political Red-tape

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your junior personnel

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I've had a variety of different and challenging jobs that I have enjoyed.

Electronics Technician (Current Employee)

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

ProsThere is an ever changing culture and job. People have opportunities to work a variety of different equipment in their career field.

ConsPromotions are slow at the moment. Promotions are not as heavily based on performance and more based on being able to study and take a test.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake advancement more performance based not based on how well someone can take a test. Ensure managers are enforcing the written standards on weight standards and physical fitness more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best military branch, hands down.

Operations Specialist First Class (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

ProsUnbeatable benefits, best work-life balance, discounts on any military base, great advancement opportunities, junior personnel empowered, given a lot of responsibility, humanitarian service with a humanitarian mission

ConsMembers transfer every 4 years, long hours as a SAR Controller. Operations Specialist can't attend classes at night the way other rates can because of the 12-hr work schedules - also be expected to shift work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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USCG

CWO3 (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat people to work with and for. Benefits are great as well. Great sense of value both as a worker and the mission.

ConsAs with any agency, political correctness may outpace common sense.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it simple, and don't change things just for the sake of change. As an example, uniforms. Stop with the changes that seem to satisfy a few (at the top) .

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewarding Job with Great Life Experiences

Machinery Technician (Former Employee)
Garibaldi, OR (US)

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

ProsTravel
Meaningful work
Great opportunities for promotion
Awesome benefits
Great training
Opportunities for personal growth

ConsWork-life balance (your life is the job at times)
Long hours and late nights at times
Work and daily maintenance can be tedious

Advice to Senior ManagementEnlisted advancement needs some tweaking. Just because you get something checked off in a book and pass a test, doesn't mean that you are ready to be a leader. I think the test puts power hungry people with no leadership experience at higher and higher ranks. The test should be a prerequisite and you should be promoted by merit and by your work ethic and leadership abilities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Service

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsExcellent mission so there is always relevant work.

ConsHard time trying to decide what they want to be

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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COAST GUARD

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsExtremely highly competent work force. I am glad I made it career, one of the last companies to provide a pension and medical.

ConsAlways moving 3-4 years, hard to settle and buy a home. You don't always get to be stationed where you would like to be. Made several overseas deployments and not always home for the holidays.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds to be a more diverse workforce at the upper level of the pyramid (officer ranks)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The terms "military" and "job security" are a thing of the past.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsDuring my career, it was job security...not so much these days. Compensation and education opportunities are pretty much the highlights otherwise. If you enjoy travelling, which I did, that is another bonus.

ConsThe Coast Guard is "trimming the fat", so to speak, and dumping members left and right these days. Some cuts are well deserved, and others are bogus. There is no such thing as job security at the present time. Also, it seems as if they need to choose to be a "military" entity, or a civilian service...whatever is happening is just NOT working; E-2s and E-3s dictating command actions (effecting all personnel) by sniveling in Federally required surveys; the typical lack of uniformity in service due to frequent transfers; and, as in most large organizations, a general lack of (pertinent) communication.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut your neck out for good people/performers, do what is right, and worry less about your OERs. It's called good leadership.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent Job with ups and downs

Boatswains Mate (Current Employee)

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

ProsProfessional Development, Paid benefits for self and family, decent compensation, Moving around a lot (if you're into it), School benefits.

ConsFrequent Moves, Very slow moving advancement opportunities depending on rate, Very Slow moving "A" School lists, Can end up working very long hard days or be at a unit with carefree relaxed days, Most equipment/technology outdated

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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