US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
13 Ratings

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

  • During my career, it was job security (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 15 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Machinery technician

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

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for a family and you can usually find great and honest people to work around and learn a lot of different types of machinery.

    Cons

    They don't care for a family and you are expected to do whatever and no respect for your personal life or how hard it is on a family.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and respect them. Don't show favoritism as it happens a lot. Understand that everyone has a personal life and needs to tend to it at some point.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Reactive Branch

    Current Employee - Seaman in Seaside, CA
    Current Employee - Seaman in Seaside, CA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge of a lot of things and help others. If you get to your rate you'll love your job and feel like it's been worth the time and effort you put in.

    Cons

    Due to the high demand of tasks on each individual, it can be difficult for you to get one-on-one mentorship from leaders and peers alike. You pretty much have to figure out most of skills you need on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Classes on leadership, importance of concepts such as physical security, communication, first aide and the like should be required at least annually. The Basic Training could use more practical skills as well. While in boot camp I learned very little that was useful, beyond customs and courtesies.


  3. USCG

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT1 in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - IT1 in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, life saving, retirement.

    Cons

    Business plan, Operate in the past.


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  5. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    0 upward mobility. textbook dead-end career.

    Advice to Management

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


  6. I'm proud to have served my country.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Mostly bad

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

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    It was a job

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

    I worked at US Coast Guard

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

    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


  9. Learn and seen allot.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fireman in Winchester Bay, OR
    Former Employee - Fireman in Winchester Bay, OR

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Poor environment, poor pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Health benefits are pretty decent

    Cons

    pay. Environment, culture, and values are terrible

    Advice to Management

    Transparency


  11. 14 years of excitement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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