US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated August 3, 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. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment, lots of time off, get to do many interesting things during the day while working there

    Cons

    limited advancement opportunities, but otherwise not too much, as with any government office, no water/coffee supplied


  2. BM3

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prototype Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Prototype Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    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

    By far the best decision that I have ever made. I joined the Coast Guard because I wanted to do something constructive rather than destructive. This gave me the opportunity to save lives. That is a feeling that is indescribable. Memories that will last a lifetime. It's hard work, and not for the unmotivated. If you give your very best effort, you'll find that you get way more than you expected. In a very good way. I'm extremely proud of my service to my country. Plus I was able to go to. Alaska and Hawaii regularly.

    Cons

    Long hours and not the best pay. If stationed on a west coast cutter you may wind up being tossed around for weeks in the infamous Bering Sea. Which can break down even the strongest of wills. Small branch of service so you are responsible for much more than the other 4 armed forces.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that when you are in a position of leadership, you actually have to work harder than your subordinates. The best and most respected leaders understand that you have to lead by example and not by giving orders.


  3. CDR

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CDR
    Current Employee - CDR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very rewarding working on a number of legal issues with operational impact. Broad experience gained working on issues from military justice, criminal enforcement, regulatory actions, and internal administrative practice.

    Cons

    Work will be impacted by an austere budget environment. Legal support provided by administrative staff is not as robust as the other armed forces. However, I believe this will help you gain a better understanding of day to day legal process work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on recruiting attorneys with prior work experience or with superior technical skills. Keep your eye on the endgame, try not to get dragged into "shiny penny" projects coming from CGHQ.


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  5. Coast Guard Engineering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment and personnel makes the work environment one of the best possible in the federal work system.

    Cons

    Lack of visibility on future plans is frustrating for the workforce.


  6. Former active duty

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Amt
    Former Employee - Amt

    I worked at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard is a great service to join. When you first start out, it can be daunting, but after a while you a member of the crew and fitting right in.

    Cons

    Don't join unless you're willing to work hard, work long hours and can swim.


  7. Storekeeper

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Storekeeper in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Storekeeper in Portsmouth, VA

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard is a good organization, with good training that takes care of its people. They also give you training which can prepare you very well for a civilian career.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Not that i can think of.


  8. Good, Stable Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juneau, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Juneau, AK

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. With wage stagnation in the private sector, many jobs in the Coast Guard probably offer more competitive pay than their private sector equivalents. Most people I've worked with are of the utmost integrity.

    Cons

    The usual qualities of a bureaucracy: slow-moving, inefficient, risk-averse, focus on process over results, etc. Mediocrity is accepted and often rewarded. Excellence is not rewarded enough to retain most of the 'A' players. Poor performers cannot be fired or moved to a new position (better fit) quickly enough. As with other branches of the military, political correctness is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Too many 'yes' men at the top levels of the military nowadays. Unfortunately, the Coast Guard is no exception.


  9. U.S. Coast Guard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive/Deputy in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Executive/Deputy in Pembroke Pines, FL

    I worked at US Coast Guard (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Tremendous job satisfaction and outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Tough 24/7 hours, work-life impacts from continual re-locations.


  10. current job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    fun and safe work enviornment.

    Cons

    Some days can be really hot working outdoors.


  11. communications

    Former Employee - Public Relations
    Former Employee - Public Relations

    I worked at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    This was a great place to work.

    Cons

    depends on the leadership, but most often civilians are forgotten.



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