US Coast Guard
4.0 of 5 297 reviews
www.uscg.mil Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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4.0 297 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

(163 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Free training, steady pay and benefits"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Great benefits, ethical work force, and the APO division is very well administered"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Generally spend great amount of time away from family"
    in 12 reviews
  • "A lot of time is spent away from home"
    in 9 reviews
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    Good organization

    Electronics Technician (Former Employee)
    Alameda, CA

    ProsGood pay as a senior member

    Consnone that I can think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent Opportunities for Career Development

    US Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is an excellent opportunity to learn a career trade. The US Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security but you get all the same benefits of those military members part of the Department of Defense. You have excellent stability as long as you meet the minimum requirements of the service and if you keep your nose clean.

    ConsYou will run into bad leaders but for the most part leadership is pretty good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits and opportunities for all

    Consextended deployments and short staffing can keep you from home.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Outfit!

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat mission and people. USCG invests in proficient/competent workforce. Close, family-like, and Coasties are motivated. Not many whiners in this outfit and very little to whine about.

    ConsWork at the HQ in Washington DC is terrific except for three things:
    1. Commute to the HQ is horrible, long, frustrating, unreliable. Worst I've had to endure in 30+ years.
    2. Parking...there is none, so commute even more arduous...carpools, or car to train, train station changes, bus/shuttle, then long walk (no fun in the rain!)...reduces flexibility adds unnecessarily to daily anxiety.
    3. Facility security...ridiculously excessive (and probably outrageously expensive)...frustrates ability to get the job done...partner agencies have learned to avoid USCG HQ like the plague...security "gauntlet" not worth the hassle, delays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix parking and adopt a more sensible security posture at the facility that won't impact ability to work with partners.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dynamic Career just like Southern weather; if you don't like it, wait a few months and it will change.

    E-7 Chief Petty Officer (Current Employee)
    Alameda, CA

    ProsWhere else can you make $100,000 a year without a college degree and a guaranteed street paycheck. However, you will work HARD in dynamic weather and with short notice changes to your mission. You will get to travel and see places that will make you appreciate the wonderful country we live in.

    ConsIf you cannot adjust well to constant change you may have a difficult time in this organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease socialization of changes to create a realistic expectation within the minds of personnel. You don't have to constantly sell the idea that the Coast Guard is a great organization to those that already serve, we know it's great; just look at the retention rates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mission oriented organization

    Chief Financial Officer Directorate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe vast majority of people who work for the Coast Guard are there because they believe in the missions of the organization. They are motivated, smart and dedicated to their profession.

    ConsRecent federal budget cuts have made performing the missions of the CG more difficult. Another result of the budget cuts are smaller class sizes, and long wait-lists to join the CG.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider eliminating one or two of the lower priority missions from the CG's 11 statutory missions, rather than applying cuts to the entire organization. Better to do nine missions well than 11 missions poorly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best branch of the military

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSearch and rescue
    law enforcement
    lots of travel
    Great people

    Conslots of traveling
    not a lot of government funding

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work, this organization expects a lot out of its youth and gets results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Decent Place to Be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSecurity and retirement. Small service Branch with variety of postings.

    ConsSome bad management and rules

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people

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    Boatswains Mate (Current Employee)
    Eugene, OR

    ProsPay isn't to bad, retirement after 20 years, and the health plan can't be beat.

    ConsLong hours away from home and family. Operations at boat stations and CG Cutter require almost strong family support do to the schedule

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo many Officers in such a small service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Coastie

    Chief Petty Officer (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsYou learn a lot and you get to help a lot of people.

    ConsSometimes you are away from your family for extended periods of time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to lead by example.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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