US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated April 17, 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)

  • 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. Regardless of wartime activities, this military branch is always doing what they are trained to do.

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    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Key West, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Chief in Key West, FL

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay, travel, benefits, job stability

    Cons

    Beginning to be run like a corporation and not a branch of the military

  2. Aviation Maintenance Technician

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    Current Employee - AMT2 in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - AMT2 in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family time, steady pay, 30 days vacation, interesting missions

    Cons

    Serious lack of funding for the missions required to complete, slow waitlist for some career paths.

  3. Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding to work for. Outstanding people

    Cons

    Always have funding issues

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager/Project Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great job variety; great experience and opportunity for exposure to many areas of a business. Lots of responsibility for a junior level person (junior officers fresh out of undergraduate are given a guarantee of a certain amount of responsibility, and this is usually much more opportunity than counterparts in civilian world)

    Cons

    little control over where you'll end up after a full assignment if you're on active duty. geographic stability can be a concern, but if you're on active duty (as I was) then that's what you signed up for and what you should expect

    Advice to Management

    Standardize expectations and outline them as soon as a new officer reports, especially from the Academy. This will give them the best chance at success for their career instead of expecting that the Academy sufficiently prepared them for their duties. Don't assume. If you lay out your expectations, then you can complain if they're not met. If you don't, then you're at fault as a manager for not giving your subordinate a fair opportunity to succeed.

  6. Excellent branch to work in!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Yeoman
    Former Employee - Yeoman

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scenery always changes, opportunity to work with the public, pride of doing something positive for the greatest country in the world!

    Cons

    Having to move or have your coworkers move, every few years.

  7. Office Automation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Federal employment offers flexible work schedule. They match the 401K contribution. Earn paid vacation time quickly. Also earn sick days quickly.

    Cons

    Rigid adherence to collective bargaining terms is required for civilian employees even in circumstances when the employee wishes to benefit the employer by bending the rules.

  8. Senior Chief Electronics Technician

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    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - ETCS in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and opportunities if you apply yourself and take the initiative.

    Cons

    Some political issues and local cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for preparing people well and investing in training.

  9. 26 years and ready for a change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities for experience, education, opportunities to advance, gain a plethura of knowledge and experience not often available in the civilian market.

    Cons

    If in an operational field, expect deployments away from family, long work hours, doing more with less.

    Advice to Management

    Coast Guard is often looked on as the downtrodden step child of the military, and often is forced to do more with less. Yet, the work can be rewarding and challenging.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Jobs have varied from great to beyond terrible, all depends on command climate and if Congress approves a budget.

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    Current Employee - Navel Engineering
    Current Employee - Navel Engineering

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great opportunity for those right out of school looking to serve and do something "different"
    - Some of the best people you could ask to work with / for (all depends on your current command)
    - A unique set of missions that really matter in the daily lives of many Americans

    Cons

    - Some of the worst people you could ask to work for (all depends on your current command)
    - The "austere budget environment" we operate in
    - The USCG has always had a "do more with less" mentality, and likely always will... while this is in part what has fostered a culture of being able to get the mission done no matter what, it has also lead to complacency with: allowing missions to continue on assets that are old enough to collect retirement; accepting a lower standard or accepting no maintenance pf many systems; burning up human capital as an acceptable replacement for not having the right tools, time, or resources to do a job properly
    - Surprising numbers of civilian employees, both federal and contractors, who seem to make policy decisions leaving uniform personnel with the burden of implementing policy decisions in the field

    Advice to Management

    This is a fantastic service serving a vital set of missions for the country, however, we don't have the tools, training, manpower or financial resources to effectively carry out our missions. This has increasingly gotten worse and is quickly eroding away some of the best and most talented in the service and is undermining many of attempts at policy improvements over the years.

  11. Incredibly challenging but very rewarding!

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    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Food Service Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be challenged on a constant basis in almost every aspect of your life. However, if you can adapt to military life you are capable of anything.

    Cons

    Permanent Change of Station move every 3-4 years. Being underway up to months at a time. Very competitive environment.

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