US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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4.0 305 reviews

69% Approve of the CEO

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

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

(168 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Commanding Officer (Current Employee) Monterey, CA

    ProsToo many perks to list. Best health care in the country, decent pay

    ConsTime away from family and friends

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Proud to be a Coast Guardsman

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat team of dedicated professionals

    ConsOften work long hours but this is expected in the military culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more visible to your employees

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

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    Best organization in the world

    Military Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOrganizational focus is protecting life

    ConsAs with any military branch, you are expected to move every few years, which is difficult when your family wants to stay put.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Their is no greater satisfaction than being involved in saving lives!

    Senior Chief Petty Officer (Former Employee) New Orleans, LA

    ProsThis career offers constant professional development in an organization dedicated to helping others and protecting our shores.

    ConsWith all Military organizations, you have to contend with relocating every four years. This makes maintaining stability with your family challenging at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe best way to achieve organizational success, is to clearly communicate departmental goals and encourage personnel that your committed to their success.

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

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    coast guard rulez

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat organization to work for

    Consnot part of the military industrial complex

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to get started

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree training, steady pay and benefits. The Coast Guard is a great service to join if you enjoy helping people.

    ConsI guess if I had to say anything bad about the Coast Guard it would be that you may get stationed far from where you grew up. This was actually a bonus for me since I could not wait to leave the town I grew up in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A life changing experience. It gave me adventure, responsibility, training and an opportunity to serve.

    Mustang Officer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsService, lifelong friends, training and education. A proud tradition of rescuers, warriors and law enforcement professionals since 1790. Peers and supervisors are fully invested in your professional development.

    ConsTough on family life. Gone from home, long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue developing the culture of the service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Retiring after 30 years. Best decision ever made was joining.

    Security (Current Employee) Portsmouth, VA

    ProsGreat mission and outstanding workforce

    ConsSometimes the government red tape slows progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    24 years of active duty says alot.

    IT Project Manager (Current Employee) New London, CT

    ProsMilitary Benefits, good pay with advancement, excellent after Military job experience.

    ConsNone that I can think of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont just take what is offered to you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professionalism, Responsibility, Service and Camaraderie

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA worthwhile mission saving lives and protecting property. A culture of excellence and empowerment that puts a large amount of responsibility on relatively young members. A culture of mentorship and respect permeates the organization, making it like a family.

    ConsNot an ideal profession when raising a family. A lot of time is spent away from home. Members have to move every 3-5 years. Each unit has a higher rate of turnover than other agencies which leads to a lack of continuity in operations.

    There is also a disconnect between the vision of senior leadership and the vision of front line operators. There is a lot of planning that occurs at higher levels with no clear objectives. It's a smaller service that shouldn't struggle with the bureaucratic challenges of larger organizations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA clearer delineation of function between strategic managers, operation-level supervisors and front line tacticians would allow the organization to take advantage of its smaller relative size in order to be more nimble and responsive. Strategists don't need to be involved in execution and vise versa but there should be a clearer alignment from strategy and vision to execution.

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

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