Canadian Coast Guard

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    Pretty good job - could be more challenging. Not much room for growth unless you really kiss up.

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    Current Employee - Officer  in  Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Officer in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good leave system. Good overtime compensation. Great location

    Cons

    Rotational 12 hour shifts. No real training or learning plan. Nearly impossible to advance. Poor management structure. Poor leadership. Majority or management positions are filled on an "Acting" basis = no direction or decisions. Caretaker leaders.... not very motivational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time and money developing a leadership profile. Train supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good money, burn out at an early age

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Coast Guard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary, normally with yearly cost of living increase. Prior to 2012, good job security. Advancement if university grad & don't mind relocating but must be very driven & ambitious. Union stands up for employees. Equal opportunity employer - accommodates disabilities. Safety is taken seriously. Some senior management really do listen.

    Cons

    Too white - unless it is downtown in a big city, there were only caucasians hired. Very clique-ish - at smaller sites, if you don't "conform" you are ostracized & bullied. Chain of command usually means 2 levels up protects the butt of the level above you. Old Boys Club - I heard this term SO often, I wondered how it could still exist but apparently it does. Change is a bad word unless it is Ottawa forcing it upon you, then it must be embraced & there are meetings to encourage you to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look very closely at hiring trends and assign someone else to do the job if employees don't reflect the nationalities available in that province. Look at stress levels of lower management and find better ways to support them. Just because someone "talks the talk" & has a degree, does not mean they make a good manager. Have evaluations flow in both directions & look at what the lower levels have to say about their supervisors for the real story. Base bonuses for PM classifications and above on evaluations of their employees, not statistics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Think twice before wanting to work under a contract for years with no benifits for long periods away from friends and fa

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    Current Employee - Leading Seaman  in  Sarnia, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Leading Seaman in Sarnia, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard

    Pros

    The only good thing is that there is hardley any work to do as the CCG is not a enforcement agency and is only involved in search and rescue as needed or fixes and replaces aids to navigation (as needed) other than that just sail around or sit at a dock wait to be needed for something.

    Cons

    boring no special skills needed to work as a deckhand. No involment in enforcment activities no firearms or helicopters . lowest pay of all emergency services in canada.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    USE COMMON SENSE! Beocme a marine enforcement agency and train the people to have a meaningful job.Without advancing to that our work and usefulness just keeps getting less and less. Listen to and ask the employee who actually do the hands on work what would work best!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sail at your own risk.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Officer  in  Sarnia, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Officer in Sarnia, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Coast Guard

    Pros

    The job is very rewarding in that the clients see an immediate result when they require a service from the Coast Guard. The organization has a very hands on, and 'can do' attitude that sees us do many things with less people, and material support. There are many occasions for instant job satisfaction such as the completion of a search and rescue, or the successful escort of a ship through ice.

    Cons

    The same lack of personel and material support. Also the wages are now sorely lacking compared to the private sector. There was a time when the public sector jobs were seen as the better job environment, but private companies are now providing more support to sea going personel in order to provide them with a better life-work balance such as the ability to bring spouses aboard ships for part of the cruise and financial support for ongoing education. The government could take a page from the private sector in these regards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise them to recognize their employees in the Fleet more, and reward the many that do exemplary work.

    Doesn't Recommend

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