US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat organization
    Family oriented
    Take care of their members

    Consconstantly moving every 3-4 years
    very bureaucratic
    currently downsizing

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to move from old school micro-management and centralized style of leading to modern leadership of empowerment and innovation

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    Good organization

    Electronics Technician (Former Employee) Alameda, CA

    ProsGood pay as a senior member

    Consnone that I can think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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

     

    Excellent Opportunities for Career Development

    US Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is an excellent opportunity to learn a career trade. The US Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security but you get all the same benefits of those military members part of the Department of Defense. You have excellent stability as long as you meet the minimum requirements of the service and if you keep your nose clean.

    ConsYou will run into bad leaders but for the most part leadership is pretty good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dynamic Career just like Southern weather; if you don't like it, wait a few months and it will change.

    E-7 Chief Petty Officer (Current Employee) Alameda, CA

    ProsWhere else can you make $100,000 a year without a college degree and a guaranteed street paycheck. However, you will work HARD in dynamic weather and with short notice changes to your mission. You will get to travel and see places that will make you appreciate the wonderful country we live in.

    ConsIf you cannot adjust well to constant change you may have a difficult time in this organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease socialization of changes to create a realistic expectation within the minds of personnel. You don't have to constantly sell the idea that the Coast Guard is a great organization to those that already serve, we know it's great; just look at the retention rates.

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

     

    A Decent Place to Be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSecurity and retirement. Small service Branch with variety of postings.

    ConsSome bad management and rules

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people

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    BMC

    Boatswains Mate (Current Employee) Eugene, OR

    ProsPay isn't to bad, retirement after 20 years, and the health plan can't be beat.

    ConsLong hours away from home and family. Operations at boat stations and CG Cutter require almost strong family support do to the schedule

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo many Officers in such a small service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Coast Guard Aviation

    AET3 (Current Employee) Elizabeth City, NC

    ProsHad fun but it was time to move on

    ConsNot offering up to date training

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful people, wonderful mission

    Civilan (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood benefits and your work schedules needs are easily accommodated. Diversity occurs naturally, as people come from all walks of life. They have 11 different congressionally mandated missions. You know gong in that you are part of a higher calling.

    ConsWork conditions can, naturally be a little harsh. Civilian tuition assistance for college is needed. Careers can be stove-piped making career progression difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider career development and workforce planning programs. Tie the mission of the active and reserve forces together. And teach NCOs how to train NCOs, 90% of training is not done at an A-school.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Exciting and rewarding

    Petty Officer Third Class (Former Employee) Alameda, CA

    ProsTravel, experience, structure, adventure excitement

    ConsNot for all family types..gone for months at a time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good organization.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe most laid back of all military branches. Good benefits and programs designed to help young families. The missions of the Coast Guard stand out among the five military branches and are something that I can get behind.

    ConsThe military culture is something that I have never been a fan of and the inflated ego's at times. Frequent moves can be difficult as well. In my six and a half year career my family has moved four times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRun the organization closer to a business and understand the importance of efficiency.

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

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