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Life changing experience.

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Former Employee - Second Class Petty Officer  in  New Orleans, LA
Former Employee - Second Class Petty Officer in New Orleans, LA

I worked at US Coast Guard full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

The U.S. Coast Guard like any branch of service is an incredibly challenging, but rewarding experience. If you are willing to sacrifice a lot of your personal life than this is a great career choice because what you gain in return is valuable skills, and character traits that will help you throughout your life. Plus you can't beat all the military benefits.

Cons

The biggest downside like any branch of service is the time away from family.

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Set the example to follow.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great mission...pay and promotions fixed

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    Current Employee - Officer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Officer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Steady employment
    New assignments every few years
    Always live on the water somewhere

    Cons

    Pay and promotions are based on a fixed promotion schedule. There's no benefit to obtaining professional certifications or advanced degrees. Pay lags behind the private sector. Some facilities are substandard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make capital investments in infrastructure. Start giving incentive pay for specialties like engineering, law, etc.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Poor Management

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician  in  Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technician in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Military benefits/discounts for non-military work.
    Salary - sometimes a con
    Tuition assistance
    Kitchen in one of the buildings.
    Exchange available on base.

    Cons

    Not good at training.
    More unprofessional and unorganized than expected.
    Work hours not flexible, unless you have a kid.
    Poor communication between some departments. Two of my bosses sit next to each other all day and by the end of the day did not verify they were on the same page about work travel the following morning. Then they complain about lack of funds for travel because they have to make unnecessary trips to make up for not coordinating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    set a better example for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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