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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
366 Reviews
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366 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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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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    Management

    Current Employee - AMT1
    Current Employee - AMT1

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Good place to work and see the country.

    Cons

    Don't give them anything to throw you out for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill

  2.  

    Coast Guard

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

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The Coast Guard provides a great opportunity for those looking to serve and gain valuable training. Solid benefits and the chance to see new places.

    Cons

    Slow advancement and burdensome policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Great Organization

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

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are great compensations working in the military: medical, housing, education, etc. You also get federal holidays off (unless you are on duty or deployed) as well as 30 days of vacation per year. The Coast Guard has really good missions, like going after illegal drug smugglers, search and rescue, enforcing public boating safety, and inspecting commercial boats for compliance with U.S. laws.

    Cons

    At times, upper level leadership is completely out of touch with what their employees do and the support they need. Unfortunately, the idea of doing more with less has become the norm and expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See "Cons".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The best life decision that I ever made.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits when compared to comparable civilian work available without a degree including 100% medical coverage for member and family with no deductible or copays. 4 years of college paid for after enlistment. Most career paths directly relate to a civilian career. MUCH BETTER quality of life than the other military services. This job is VERY fulfilling, you can and will make a difference. Even support personnel have opportunities to be directly involved in operations. I have traveled to many beautiful and amazing locations. The best part of the Coast Guard is being part of the Coast Guard. You will make life long friendships and have pride in knowing that you were part of what makes it such an amazing organization.

    Cons

    Qualifying for service it the first large hurdle. You must get a qualifying score on the ASVAB to get in AND pass a military entrance medical exam. This can be very difficult for a lot of people since about half of the people who apply will be disqualified for some reason.

    There aren't very many Coast Guard Recruiters or Recruiting offices. They seem to be very very busy, so just keep trying until you can get ahold of one. It took me a year and about 5 or more 4hour trips to get in. It was worth it.

    Basic training is probably the biggest challenge you will go through in your life. It is designed to transform you into a Coast Guardsman who can go out in that storm to save another person without giving up. This takes work. It is at least as challenging as the other services recruit training, maybe harder.

    You will have to listen and obey orders. If you can't do this, go find somewhere else to work. There will be times you are away from home for several months at a time. This is tough, but it is for a higher cause. You will be having adventures and making memories while you are away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the initiatives to make the school lists manageable. This is helping morale. Keep selecting the majority of officer candidates from within the enlisted ranks. It always helps to have a few officers at your unit who started where you did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An experience of a lifetime

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reservist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Reservist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Medical benefits, training, getting underway

    Cons

    Paperwork, computer mandated training, constantly changing policy, so depending on your job, you will constantly be adapting to the new rules. Time away from family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merge the reserve retirement program with the active duty. Have a specific training program for the reserves. Make it policy to have ADT 1 to 3 weeks active duty after coming out of bootcamp and A school in addition to the regular ADT.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Operations Specilaist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    paid leave, medical, some great superviors

    Cons

    Alot of supervisors will dump their work on you, blame game, politcal nightmare

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    USCG great job satisfaction & benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The missions of the Coast Guard are great and yield a high level of job satisfaction. There's also fantastic benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    While it varies manager-to-manager, it can be hard to find the right work-life balance. Also, the up-or-out policy for certain ranks causes the loss of many great employees with high future value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the Officer Evaluation System. Everyone hates it and it seems that no one really understands it completely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Command Center Supervisor
    Former Employee - Command Center Supervisor

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of training, see some great places, many diffrent oppurtunites great benifits and retirement

    Cons

    some places have issues with the cool guy club getting taking care of themselves and friends and the others get the left over jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of all your crew the same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    USCG HQ

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    One of the most transparent services/agencies in the Capitol Region and the first to pass a comprehensive agency audit leading to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. I work with a dedicated team of intrepid professionals driven towards pro-active collaboration and product/service excellence.

    Cons

    Due this critical period of Sequestration and Reduction of Forces, we are now experiencing increased levels of competitiveness in both the commissioned and enlisted ranks which hinders professional achievement and team/personnel recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commandants' 1st principle "Steady the Service"... we must return to a sustainable state... and 4th principle, "Respect our Shipmates".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is what you make of it

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

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to serve your country without going to war. The work is valuable and challenging, and if you stay long enough, the benefits will set you up for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    Hours can be long without additional compensatio. When you first come in regardless of your rank, the compensation will start low. To tjose below, senior leadership can sometimes appear mired in tradition and old-school thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Diversity really does include diversity of thought which is nurtured many different ways including how one became successful in the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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