US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
340 Reviews
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340 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
185 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 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.  

    A profound growth experience that allowed me to improve my leadership, technical skills, and respect for life & country

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    Current Employee - Military
    Current Employee - Military

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard, like all military services, builds leaders and dedication in individuals. It also provides excellent training that will help anyone become successful even after they decide to leave the military. Service to you country give individuals an extreme amount of pride and respect in their communities.

    Cons

    Military service does require some sacrifice but in the end those sacrifices are outweighed by the benefits military service affords its members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DEAD END

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    Current Employee - Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Training Specialist

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

    Pros

    Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times. The jobs here can be very rewarding IF you are willing to stagnate for years and retire at the predetermined maximum of the position you hired in at.

    Cons

    Some jobs are dead-end in the civilian workforce, and its hard to receive recognition for major achievements. Each workplace set of rules are different when it comes to advancement. The stock answer to these issues is "You can't get there from here" and "no one knows". If you intend to further your career, a civilian job won't get you there unless you know someone (nepotism runs RAMPANT).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide ALL of your valued civilian workforce with a path to improve themselves and advance upward BASED ON MERIT, NOT THE GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Operations Specialist

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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

    Involved in almost every aspect of CG operations.

    Cons

    Duty rotation sometimes doesn't allow for much family time. Staying up all night is very taxing on your body. Due to not many understanding everything you do, efforts go unnoticed quite frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Job with a purpose

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Staten Island, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Maritime Enforcement Specialist in Staten Island, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, sense of purpose, service to country... Nothing is more gratifying then saving someones life. The long hours, bad pay, time away from family all seem to fade away. If you seek adventure, this is a great "company" to work for. With all the job opportunities and duty locations, there is hardly a dull moment. There are also numerous opportunities to work outside of your rate. This not only adds to the adventure, but enables one to learn new skills.

    Cons

    pay, work life balance (at times), relocating every few years... Take this with a grain of salt, as everyone knows this going in. This is more so for someone with a family, as the adventure is hard to sell to a child losing friends every few years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Many opportunities to grow and learn, but tough environment to be a woman.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to live in a variety of places, to attend specialty trade schools, acquire advanced specialty skills, broaden general skill set, meet and work with a diverse crowd, and save some lives.

    Cons

    Male to female ratio improving, but still not great. Aviation is particularly lacking in females, which, at times, can be tough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding opportunity. Absolutely loved it.

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    Former Employee - Machinery Technician
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician

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

    Pros

    Travel, prestige, opportunities are endless, merit, chance to make a difference in your life, or someone else's life.

    Cons

    Politics, change for no reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, don't drink the Koolaid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Inspector

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The diversity of the job, people, and locations that you will travel to and transfer to. It's a secure employment and provides fairly good benefits.

    Cons

    It can be very challenging to work for a supervisor you can't stand or trust. You can't leave the company at will. Having to move when you're really happy with the unit/people you work with every 3 to 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of and respect those that you're in charge of. In return they'll want to do a better job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a great experience with the CG, it is a very dynamic service with an excellent workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard as an intern

    Pros

    Great leadership and very professional

    Cons

    Too many layers in the chain of command, often times difficult to solve simple problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the individual member that is actually conducting the operation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    not for everybody

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    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3) in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Lieutenant (O-3) in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    The missions are honorable, extremely honorable.

    Cons

    The culture is sluggish and linear, almost fearfully so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to take risks.

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

    Lots of mission creep, self-aggrandizement, and bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Alameda, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Alameda, CA (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is definitely the place to go if you want to get into Search and Rescue work.....unless you want to do things like Swift Water Rescue with Jet Skis, then you'll need to join the Sheriff's DEPT or CHP.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Bureaucratic displacement is alive and well. The prevailing ethos is.....I don't really know....play the game to get your pension, college, whatever? Whatever it is, any transcendent value is hard to find in the work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away; stop being yourself; grow a pair and climb the corporate ladder in the private sector instead of using the government to realize all of your aspirations of personal greatness and achievement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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