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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
28 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
28 Ratings

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.  

    Mostly bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Learn and seen allot.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Poor environment, poor pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    14 years of excitement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Lots of mission creep, self-aggrandizement, and bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    persons make this job difficult, not the people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician Second Class in Abbeville, LA
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician Second Class in Abbeville, LA

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, Reliability, better pay than entry level jobs of the same type

    Cons

    Huge responsibilities and life changing choices decided by people who have only weeks worth of training and potentially one or two instances of experience. a common motto is "perception is everything, the truth means nothing"
    Generally a lack in understanding by superiors, and mostly people willing to backstab for pieces of metal on their collars. Inflated ego's and stretching of the truth, for example, towing a person in due to a battery being dead can result in a news article stating "coast guard saves crew's lives in daring late night rescue"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the coast guard hires alot of young adults that are desperate for somewhere to go, when they arrive at your unit dont expect them to be a museum and willing to work 16 hours a day 6 days a week for no overtime. Punishments after punishments dont fix people, conveying understanding and support encourages growth of an individual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Congress is failing the CG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Machinery Technician in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Experience translates into the private sector. The pay is good if you make rank quickly. So don't slack and be a 8 year E4

    Cons

    Budget issues, aging fleet, the government changes contracts to better their own stance. If you get a DUI off duty you are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up to congress. Also the standards to get in, and make it to retirement are almost impossible. No one is perfect.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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