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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 11 December 2014
Updated 11 December 2014
363 Reviews
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363 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 15 reviews)

  • There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience! Developed life skills that I will use throughout the rest of my life.

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    Former Employee - Seaman in Toledo, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Seaman in Toledo, OH (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    There is always room/opportunities for promotion even if it doesn't involve moving up in rank. It provided me a lot of opportunities to learn about myself and show the level of responsibility I was capable of.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. But that goes for every work place pretty much. Also, working with a small group of people in such close quarters creates drama inevitably, but staying out of it is a good way to keep your nose clean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your people want and what they need. Recognize people more for their efforts and successes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    US Coast Guard

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    Current Employee - Security Specialist
    Current Employee - Security Specialist

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Take care of there own.
    Great leadership opportunity.
    Adventure.

    Cons

    Possible long hours
    Missing family
    Geographic stability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A Great Organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are great compensations working in the military: medical, housing, education, etc. You also get federal holidays off (unless you are on duty or deployed) as well as 30 days of vacation per year. The Coast Guard has really good missions, like going after illegal drug smugglers, search and rescue, enforcing public boating safety, and inspecting commercial boats for compliance with U.S. laws.

    Cons

    At times, upper level leadership is completely out of touch with what their employees do and the support they need. Unfortunately, the idea of doing more with less has become the norm and expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See "Cons".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Assistant GS-0335-05 in Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Computer Assistant GS-0335-05 in Norfolk, VA (US)

    I worked at US Coast Guard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    awesome schedule
    free light rail pass
    very professional
    working with military

    Cons

    paying to park in downtown norfolk but thats why you get free light rail access
    was only a summer hire and wasnt hired until the end of July
    took forever to get building and computer access(security crap)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the hiring process of personnel ,especially former military personnel, much smoother and you wasted more money hiring me for two months but yet you have budget issues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Best government organization in the world

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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    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
  9.  

    hopefully Honest Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    hey, it's hard to be unbiased. here's a take. remember too that most of the guard is enlisted and a lot of these reviews come from them

    Health Care is free
    Always get a pay check
    Get to see the coastal United States
    Rarely have to do anything dangerous or particularly arduous
    Have more people than you could need to get a job done
    People like people that serve
    Getting a civilian job can be easier with your veteran status and because you won't have PTSD
    Never have to shoot anyone but there are opportunities to shoot guns and sometimes engines
    Can form really good friendships
    as an enlisted, the better you get at your rate, you'll probably get more recognition and advance easier. plus youll probably start supervising at a young age

    Cons

    You'll never get rich, though you can be comfortable
    Wife better like to move and you being away. a lot don't and there is a lot of divorce
    You better like being a nomad. some enlisted stay in one area for awhile but they generally don't get anywhere with their career. d1 and d8 are famos for that
    Pay sucks for enlisted until they have been in for a long time
    Officer pay is decent but they get fired easy and stand only about a 50% chance of being retirement eligible
    There are very few glory positions-most are useless desk or shop work. a lot of times these will be in an ugly office with old furniture, or an old ship. regardless, the interiors of the ships are digusting. i hope you like small bunk beds
    There is a lot of beuracracy
    You will probably ask yourself how did I get this boss at one point or the other.
    You will probably ask yourself how did that person get that award or promotion at one point or the other
    there are a lot of inflated egos
    there are a lot of dumbasses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the dumbasses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Adventure

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    • 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
  11.  

    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

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