US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Liaison Officer

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    Current Employee - Liaison Officer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Liaison Officer in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Great Pay, excellent benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    deployments in the U.S. away from your family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    poor leadership skills and accountability for their poeple

    Cons

    great place to work, very flexible with civilians, great benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Former Intern. Great experience

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

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    As an intern, the Coast Guard provided real life experience with working in the military

    Cons

    The only con was that the internship was unpaid, but that is to be expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the internship program the way it is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Rewarding Adventure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Advancement Opportunities
    Self-less Service
    Comradeship
    Plenty of on the job training
    Great pay and benefits
    travel opportunities
    Ability to serve the community

    Cons

    A part of the DHS...
    Budget restrictions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep standing a taught watch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Civilian

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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

    Pros

    Working with Coast Guard Active Duty Personnel. helping them to complete their missions.

    Cons

    0 upward mobility. textbook dead-end career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some room for advancement. having all the higher paying jobs in only several geographic locations is unfair to the workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Been a good 20 years

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    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Chief Petty Officer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    All the training you could want in any area you are willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    Time away from family is always rough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. It was a unique experience with a lot of ups and downs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The size of the service is quite small, so it has a personal feel to it at times.

    Cons

    A lot of days away from home, and they can never stick to one policy, always changing.

  10. Hard work with little reward

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    Current Employee - HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIAN in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIAN in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Pros

    Housing allowance, paid time off, travel, seeing/doing new things, being outside your comfort zone, serving others, meeting new people/cultures.

    Cons

    No room for growth, management is poor, hours can vary, traveling with no notice, old/outdated equipment, lazy coworkers, hard work for little pay, the good guy gets more work, the bad guy gets no work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of standardized pay, allow room for growth, not be so politically correct and not trying to hurt people's feelings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Not a typical bureaucracy in the federal government.

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    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer At Headquarters in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally committed to the mission and engaged in their work. The blend of military and civilian billets presents unique challenges and opportunities. Strong emphasis on finding a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Agency is part of a larger department and the federal government . Typical FED Government issues can sometimes emphasize process over product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and appreciate the value provided in the continuity of the civilian workforce. Find a better balance in recognizing the efforts between military and civilian personnel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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