US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated August 31, 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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Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • During my career, it was job security (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Generally spend great amount of time away from family (in 15 reviews)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Logistics Department Head

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Department Head/Air Station Executive Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Department Head/Air Station Executive Officer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a well-respected organization that performs a broad range of missions. One day you might be conducting a search and rescue mission, and the next day you interdicting drug smugglers on the high seas. The Coast Guard is a small, tight-knit community and you will inevitably run into people you know, wherever you may be stationed.

    Cons

    Every 2-5 years you are likely to move to another location. This is somewhat disruptive for family life, but many people enjoy the adventure. The Coast Guard also does a poor job with personnel management.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in how you manage personnel. The rules change too often based on the newest leadership's vision.


  2. petty officer

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    Current Employee - Petty Officer in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Petty Officer in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    this is a great orgainzation and a great place to serve your country. enlist today!

    Cons

    i cant really find any cons about the organization. its great. plain and simple. semper paratus for life


  3. Non-Rate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, I personally had an awesome job.

    Cons

    crappy hours/ hard to get out once youre in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! look out for your people.


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  5. Chief

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    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great career. Lots of travel. Very nice retirement plan/pay. great medical plan under Tricare. Many different jobs to pick from.

    Cons

    Not too many overseas locations to get assigned to. Must move to places that you may not wish to move to. Spouse will need to change jobs every 3 to 4 years. Its the military, the first few years you will do not so sexy jobs that need to be done like mowing the lawn, cleaning, painting, sanding, cooking, dishes, and training.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. one of the best

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    Current Employee - Machinery Tech in Fort Pierce, FL
    Current Employee - Machinery Tech in Fort Pierce, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The United States Coast Guard is one of the most Cohesive team oriented organizations I have ever been a part of. The service to the public and the country are bested by no other.

    Cons

    Long hours and rigorous training strict adherence to core values and training are what some would call cons although those of us who have a Team mentality and a desire to serve do not. About the only negative thing I can say about my experience was the relationship between promotions and new duty assignments.


  7. Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very competitive pay to similar positions in private world. Very flexible working conditions and great supervisors. Working with quality people in the Coast Guard has been a blast.

    Cons

    I'm able to get moved and transferred as need arises and am forced to move jobs at least every 3-4 years. Focus is on having people manage a "dual career path" in a primary and sub specialty. This forces people to be a jack of all trades, master of none.

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting people focus on areas of interested. Continue to allow geo-stability and promote high performers that stay in one specialty. Continue to higher great people that are motivated to serve their country.


  8. coast guard

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    Former Employee - Operations Specialist
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist

    Pros

    you get to travel and see the country, great benefits, pretty good pay

    Cons

    Required to move every 4 years, not good for family work life balance, not a very diverse work force


  9. Active Duty Officer

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great; usually live close to the water and the people are delightful to work with

    Cons

    Very slow to make changes; very tight fiscal environment with funds arriving late in the year from Congress but must be spent before they expire. Culture of success in doing the job at the expense of the people doing the work.

    Advice to Management

    Managements role is strategic guidance. Decide what is important the pursue it; drop those missions/functions that are not part of the core mission. Stay the course too - changing or allowing deck plates up development during fiscal and billet reductions only increases waste.


  10. USCG

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Coast guard offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and training that will make you highly competitive for a job in the civiian sector

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working with the U.S Coast Guard are slow promotion process and that your have a fixed income with little adjustment for cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    My advice for management would be to expand on the current leadership development program. Senior leaders in the service have very poor leadership and management skill


  11. Boatswainmate 2nd class

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    Former Employee - Boatswainmate Second Class in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Boatswainmate Second Class in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's the military. The benefits are great and you get a chance to serve your nation.

    Cons

    It's the military. You don't need to be smart but you better be tough.

    Advice to Management

    Stop transferring people back and forth between jobs. Allow them to gain expertise in a specific job role



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