US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
319 Reviews

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319 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
172 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6.  

    Commissioned Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Worthwhile missions, leadership potential at relatively junior levels, exposure to a variety of roles and responsibilities within a single organizations.

    Cons

    Moving every two to four years can be hard on the family, especially on spouse's career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Outstanding employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    US Coast Guard is a fantastic team committed to serving the nation and keeping our waterways safe. Everyday has been an adventure. Consistently served with outstanding people

    Cons

    Staff jobs can sometimes demand more time away from family than operational tours. New headquarters in DC is a wonderful building but it is difficult to reach as a commuter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to be from, truly great people, could do a lot worse.

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    Former Employee - Officer  in  Honolulu, HI (US)
    Former Employee - Officer in Honolulu, HI (US)

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

    Pros

    Tons of talented people within the officer corps, great opportunities for professional development and cross training. Depending on where you work and who you work for; flexible schedules and chances to travel.

    Cons

    Serious inbreeding within the higher and executive levels of the organization, need to commit to developing officer specialties and career tracks, separating performance evaluations based on specialty/component. Very little room for advancement in a non-operational role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the Officer Evaluation Reporting (OER) system and start over

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Hard work with great benefits.

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    Current Employee - LTJG  in  Alameda, CA (US)
    Current Employee - LTJG in Alameda, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Earned leave, consistent pay, upward growth.

    Cons

    Constant moving, long hours, bosses are hit or miss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent opportunities for women, also some male-dominated areas that are misogynistic.

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    Former Employee - Dive Officer, Damage Control Assistant  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Dive Officer, Damage Control Assistant in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Every position is open to women if you can qualify for it. Deployments can be good chances for travel, but also difficult to be away from home and family. It completely depends on what position you choose and who you're working with.

    Cons

    Time away from home (3 month in/ 3 month out patrol schedule on the ship I was stationed on). Serious harassment and discrimination from some of the men that I worked with, and condoned by the command. As a woman in the military, I had to prove myself continuously no matter how experienced or qualified I was.

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

    US COAST GUARD RESERVE

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    Current Employee - Machinery Technician  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Machinery Technician in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun job, good camaraderie, mostly only weekend work, some active duty opportunities

    Cons

    depending on your command, you may have to hunt people down for c schools, active duty time, or advancement sign offs. and the active duty people will dislike you for no reason at first, but you can earn their respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    most chiefs are great and look out for their people, but for those who only care about how their people make them look: grow a set. Stop obsessing over GMT and dental readiness and start helping the lower ranking guys out with their career development.

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