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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
414 Reviews
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414 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
226 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty

    • 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

    Pros

    Organization and it's team are always Semper Gumby, ready to tackle any mission and any role regardless of resources..

    Cons

    see above...that can be taxing on employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money, more personnel and better training initiatives. Stop trying to make do and make congress pay for the important mission the USCG has.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great Career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    - Excellent Pay and Benefits
    - Serving Country
    - Helping People on a Daily Basis
    - Great Opportunities
    - Small Service with chances to do many different jobs
    - Great Core Values

    Cons

    - Frequent Moves
    - Military Structure may not be suited for all
    - Frequent changes
    - Not all the resources needed
    - Separations from families at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on ALL core missions and make changes gradually

  3.  

    Semper P.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Life changing

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

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Best job ever. You feel like part of a family.

    Cons

    Not really any I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Coast Guard Headquarters

    • 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

    New building, great IT services, great staff

    Cons

    Transit is awful, no parking, isolated from the community, very limited lunch options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Best job I've ever had. It was an honor serving this beautiful country.

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

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You feel like one big family, the healthcare and dental is great, 30 paid days leave a year, awesome places to live.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any, long hours sometimes but if it involves saving a life it can't be considered a con. Its the best feeling ever successfully helping someone in distress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your crew good job when they do a good job, it keeps the morale high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Great little military service.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great way to serve your country.

    Cons

    Constant changes to leadership styles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Small Service, Big Impact

    • 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

    Stable position, rotating every three to five years. Small service so it can be competitive.

    Cons

    In this service it seems as though once you become really good at doing something, it is time to rotate again. Small service is a pro and a con. A con primarily when it comes to funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems as though CG as a service is hesitant to really step up to its role as a LE Agency. Credentialing members, especially those in LE and Intelligence would be a huge step in establishing better relationships with partner agencies. Use more of the Authority that the service has been granted by law.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Be a hero

    • 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

    Pros

    Great training to prepare you for the real world! Save lives and high value assets while serving your country.

    Cons

    Tough on family life. Will miss a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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