US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated March 23, 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. Rewarding Adventure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Advancement Opportunities
    Self-less Service
    Comradeship
    Plenty of on the job training
    Great pay and benefits
    travel opportunities
    Ability to serve the community

    Cons

    A part of the DHS...
    Budget restrictions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep standing a taught watch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Been a good 20 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    All the training you could want in any area you are willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    Time away from family is always rough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Not a typical bureaucracy in the federal government.

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    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally committed to the mission and engaged in their work. The blend of military and civilian billets presents unique challenges and opportunities. Strong emphasis on finding a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Agency is part of a larger department and the federal government . Typical FED Government issues can sometimes emphasize process over product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and appreciate the value provided in the continuity of the civilian workforce. Find a better balance in recognizing the efforts between military and civilian personnel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Marine Safety - United States Coast Guard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lieutenant Commander
    Current Employee - Lieutenant Commander

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Service to Country; Great Benefits (might change in the future due to Congress); Travel (based on job)

    Cons

    Moving around is a con when you have older children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to continue taking care of personnel. They are what makes the USCG great and who gets the missions done for our homeland.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. A Great Career

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    Current Employee - United States Coast Guard in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - United States Coast Guard in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Great choice for people looking for some direction. Plenty of opportunities for travel, personal and professional growth. The ability to make a difference on a daily basis.

    Cons

    As with any branch of the military, concessions are made.Travel can be a double edged sword, assignments are now typically 5 years, which can be both good or bad depending on location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Coast Guard has been an excellent opportunity for me, and I hope that the service continues on its course. With such a positive mission, the Coast Guard is an excellent career choice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Coast Guard Officer

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    Current Employee - Coast Guard Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coast Guard Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility right off the bat! A real time mission in which your constantly operationally challenged. Amazing people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor leadership development opportunities. It's kind of a sink or swim organization. You are expected to develop on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're not sure what you want to do its a great place to start, especially if leaning towards military service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Coast Guard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Tons of job satification serving your country while participating in a host of exciting and rewarding law enforcement, environmental and humanitarian missions.

    Cons

    Very little geographic stability. One will probably move 5-6 times during a 20 year career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. its been an adventure!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    excitement, travel, having a real impact on others

    Cons

    low pay, impact on family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    seek additional incentives to retain highly trained individuals

  10. Semper P.

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    Current Employee - Air Dale in Juneau, AK
    Current Employee - Air Dale in Juneau, AK

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

    Pros

    Job that Matters, Steady Pay Check, Live and Work Near the Water, Shorter Deployments than Other Services, Pension.

    Cons

    Inability to choose location of home/work, frequent movement, bureaucracy, budget & pay issues every year, excessive amounts of chicken served in the galley...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chicken ala' King is inhumane, and should be banned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    You receive 30 days leave a year and other allowances as well as health and dental benefits for the whole family.

    Cons

    Changes in fitness policies as well as constant budget concerns make the Coast Guard uncertain at times and make it hard to contemplate completing 20 years.

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