US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated July 2, 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. Helpful (1)

    It wasn't for me, But I never regreted it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician
    Former Employee - Aviation Maintenance Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for promotion
    Excellent benefits: Medical, dental, vision and life insurance,
    Housing, uniform, and hazard/flight/sea duty pay benefits
    Great health care
    Instant independence for people fresh out of high school
    Many opportunities for learning new skills
    Management that generally holds its employees accountable for their conduct at work and outside of work
    30 days paid vacation annually, which can be saved for later
    Recognition for going above and beyond
    Annual pay raises and bi-annual longevity raises

    Cons

    Dangerous jobs, Management can be a bit micromanaging. Knee-jerk reactions to incidents. Deployments that range from a few days to several months.

    Advice to Management

    Assign and Train mentors for new petty officers fresh out of A-School. Mentees should have regularly scheduled meetings with mentors for training and progress evaluations. Aviators should have mandatory work-out time periods.


  2. Coast Guard Careers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    Leadership, career development and training, excitement, travel.

    Cons

    Frequent moves, military lifestyle not a fit for everyone. Families must also adapt to the lifestyle.


  3. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrician
    Former Employee - Electrician

    I worked at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    Great to be in the military active duty

    Cons

    Have to serve duty time 36 hrs hard work

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more


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  5. 20+ years of honorable service to family and country

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cape May, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cape May, NJ

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

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

    Pros

    See the world; work with many people from all backgrounds; help people in need of assistance;

    Cons

    As with all public service jobs (ie. Military, police, fire, EMS, medical, etc), there is sacrifice; it is sometimes difficult to have an ideal family/home life, and there must be a strong conviction between both the uniformed member and their loved ones/family at home. They must work together.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always plan for the slow day; more with less, though possible to operate in, is difficult when the "fun" hits the fan.


  6. e6 electronics technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician First Class in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician First Class in Augusta, GA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    opportunity to learn a good occupation, visit many interesting places, spend time on the ocean

    Cons

    some of my shipmates got seasick on long time at sea, confined quarters, no female interaction at sea

    Advice to Management

    good food is important, stopping at different ports is good


  7. Lieutenant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great job stability & benefits -- as long as you are minimally competent and don't have a significant conduct issue on your record, you will be able to reach retirement age. Compared to other military services, the job locations are more desirable (their larger bases are in major US port cities) and there is greater potential for geographic stability.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic, just like most government jobs. As an officer, in order to promote beyond Lieutenant Commander or Commander you have to follow a defined career progression that may change depending on the current leadership. The career progression includes a mix of "operational" and "staff" jobs; however, most personnel tend to enjoy (or are simply better at) one type of job more than the other. Furthermore, if you truly love a job, you still have to transfer every 2-4 years. The Coast Guard values officers who have a diverse set of experiences but this makes it harder to specialize and become an expert in a craft. With brief tours of duty, the Coast Guard continues to force highly trained people to transfer as soon as they become most productive; if a member doesn't transfer on time or requests an extension, it's at the expense of their own careers.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of your highly skilled personnel and let them innovate, specialize, and take ownership. The Coast Guard does an adequate job at weeding out the bottom-level employees but a truly poor job at retaining top-quality talent. The evaluation process tends to reward those who don't "rock the boat" and are willing to have patience with time-based promotions and calculated job transfers, but provides little incentive to make significant change within the organization.


  8. Coast Guard Office Of Real Property

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I wprked a civilian contractor at the USCG headquarters in Washington, DC in 2001. Excellent keadership and colegiality.

    Cons

    Coast Guard, like all federal agencies is pretty beurocratic and slow moving


  9. work

    Current Employee - Sourci
    Current Employee - Sourci

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    easy work environment and pay

    Cons

    long hours, high stress, poor communication


  10. 26 years

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A great way to give back to your nation.

    Cons

    First couple of years there is a lot to learn.


  11. US Coast Guard

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Chesapeake, VA

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

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

    Pros

    The worlds greatest Coast Guard. Serving the Republic by saving lives, protecting lives, and securing Americas water ways.
    Very Proud!

    Cons

    The expectation is that each member will put forth their best effort in every thing they do. Members are responsible to the American public in everything the do.

    Advice to Management

    If you are ready to serve your country, your shipmates and make a significant difference in the world.



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