US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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  1. Civilian

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Working with Coast Guard Active Duty Personnel. helping them to complete their missions.

    Cons

    0 upward mobility. textbook dead-end career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some room for advancement. having all the higher paying jobs in only several geographic locations is unfair to the workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. I'm proud to have served my country.

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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

    Travel - see different parts of the country and world
    Diversity in work experience
    Leadership development

    Cons

    Leaders often put self before others
    Management does not want to change the way things are done
    People are not held to very high standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't look at other people under you primarily as a means to advance to your next rank.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Mostly bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great benefits with potential of pay raise.

    Cons

    Pay is low for junior enlisted. Level of education is not valued. It's the military so it is very structured. You are not supposed to think for yourself. Xenophobia among the crew. Senior enlisted can be bias which affects your daily work life but also your semi annual employee evaluation. Move a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Guaranteed "A" school for college graduates would be nice. I think they have earned that right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It was a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    great benefits, decent pay and you receive the GI Bill for college.

    Cons

    With the force reduction it feels like management is trying to figure out ways to reduce numbers anyway possible. This makes even the hard workers feel they have to constantly look over their shoulders. Stressful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Learn and seen allot.

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    Former Employee - Fireman in Winchester Bay, OR
    Former Employee - Fireman in Winchester Bay, OR

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    offers great opportunities and experience.

    Cons

    high stress mentally. everyone in the uscg likes to keep that an ongoing factor on or off duty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember this isn't the marines its a life saving service shouldn't have to put down or always think negative about your crew.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Poor environment, poor pay

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    Current Employee - SK3 in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - SK3 in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits are pretty decent

    Cons

    pay. Environment, culture, and values are terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 14 years of excitement

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    Former Employee - Petty Officer First Class in Cape May, NJ
    Former Employee - Petty Officer First Class in Cape May, NJ

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

    Pros

    Frequent change
    Great benefits
    Reasonable but no longer great training

    Cons

    Frequent change
    Good Ol' boy network at most small units
    Federal politics effecting even the lowest level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the constant training about sexual assault, alcohol, and safety. If you trust a member to carry a firearm, and act as law enforcement, trust them to be adults. If you don't like drinking and the outcome of your members consuming, don't sell it in every exchange and run all hands clubs to make money. If you don't want smokers- stop selling cigarettes in the same places at discount. Remember that some of your members are actually adults, and are in positions of great responsability- start they aren't 22 anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Job security
    Upward mobility
    Career growth
    Stable Pay
    Available training

    Cons

    Work-Life
    Inept upper management
    Ego Driven
    Lack of diversity
    One-sided opinions within management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Lots of mission creep, self-aggrandizement, and bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Alameda, CA

    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
  11. Not family oriented like they state they are when you are enlisted.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Military service, pension after 20 years

    Cons

    When you are enlisted and have family problems or medical problems they are quick to not help you at all and find some reason to discharge you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all enlisted people fairly. We are the bulk of your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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