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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
391 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 sea going service

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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

    great benefits, lots of opportunities to gain valuable experience, plenty of great places to live. Small enough for you to make great friends and work w/ a lot of great people.

    Cons

    not allows the best leadership and crews but those are few and far between. Seems like lots of time we were recreating the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people and stop w/ the knee jerk reactions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great career in a great organization. You won't get rich, but if you're smart and apply yourself it will pay well.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in New Orleans, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in New Orleans, LA (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to control your own path and advance through the ranks as fast as your intelligence and hard work will allow. I served as enlisted and Officer. There are lots of training opportunities along the way and you will pick up money, people management and leadership skills. I have visited dozens of American port cities and Caribbean and Western Pacific Islands. My 28 years in the USCG has set me up for a great 2nd career plus I have a Cadillac pension & adequate health care coverage for life... no obamacare for me:)

    Cons

    The organization can and does change a lot, sometimes brought on by change of senior leadership. It is hard for the average Coastie to see it, but this change is necessary and you just have to embrace it and roll on. It is a military organization, so be prepared to move around the country every two, three or four years, so it can be difficult on the children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your fights to raise awareness and stamp out blights like sexual assault, workplace harassment and member suicides are a valiant fight, keep them up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wouldn't have changed a thing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great times. All the training I could ask for.

    Cons

    Lots of time away from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Civil Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great training and relatively large amount of responsibilities at an early stage in the career.

    Cons

    The longer you stay in the organization, the further you get away from technical jobs and move into HR or management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    GOOD TIMES

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Gain a trade, and valuable expierence. You Get what you put into the service. College paid for and great benefits.

    Cons

    Very Long Hours at times. Pay can be difficult in the beginning but worth it in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive Experience as Civilian Intern

    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture of the office was a lot less intimidating than I expected for a military office. As a civilian they treated me with respect.

    Cons

    Working in a federal building had some minor annoyances related to security. Sometimes you could be late because there was a long line or incident at the security entrance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue treating the civilians as equals, try to provide more opportunities and awareness of them to the public for non-military positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    25 year member with mostly aviation background.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The people you meet and get to know and work with is amazing. The jobs are pretty rewarding. Being in aviation was a small knit feeling where you would see friends almost at every air station you visited.

    Cons

    Times are changing and with cutbacks, seems like reasons to stop letting service members be human. Young kids just joining are bound to make mistakes. Seems like now with a smaller budget, and the threat of getting kicked out for something stupid, lost its glamour and appeal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what it was like to start your career in the service and let the new members enjoy what the volunteered to do. Fight for new equipment and learn to stand up for the service and your troops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    24 years on active duty

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    All of my assignments were professionally challenging and I worked with some of the best people I could ever hope to meet.

    Cons

    Relocating every 2-4 years as been difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    USCG Reserve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    I have been in the USCG as a reservist for the last 2 years. Overall it has been a very positive experience. It all depends on your rate and command. But very happy to be part of something different, great resume builder and opportunity to serve my country.

    Cons

    Can be hard to get / stay qualified. Not as challenging as I hoped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better, more specific opportunities for reservists.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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