US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
315 Reviews

4.1
315 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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171 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free training, steady pay and benefits (in 9 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)

  • Inherent in the missions is the likelihood of time away from home for stretches of a few weeks or even months (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    My take on the CG

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to see the world for your job.

    Cons

    Can require long hours at odd times.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Outstanding employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    US Coast Guard is a fantastic team committed to serving the nation and keeping our waterways safe. Everyday has been an adventure. Consistently served with outstanding people

    Cons

    Staff jobs can sometimes demand more time away from family than operational tours. New headquarters in DC is a wonderful building but it is difficult to reach as a commuter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Commissioned Officer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Worthwhile missions, leadership potential at relatively junior levels, exposure to a variety of roles and responsibilities within a single organizations.

    Cons

    Moving every two to four years can be hard on the family, especially on spouse's career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Hard work with great benefits.

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    Current Employee - LTJG  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - LTJG in Alameda, CA

    Pros

    Earned leave, consistent pay, upward growth.

    Cons

    Constant moving, long hours, bosses are hit or miss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    US COAST GUARD RESERVE

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    Current Employee - Machinery Technician  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Machinery Technician in New York, NY

    Pros

    Fun job, good camaraderie, mostly only weekend work, some active duty opportunities

    Cons

    depending on your command, you may have to hunt people down for c schools, active duty time, or advancement sign offs. and the active duty people will dislike you for no reason at first, but you can earn their respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    most chiefs are great and look out for their people, but for those who only care about how their people make them look: grow a set. Stop obsessing over GMT and dental readiness and start helping the lower ranking guys out with their career development.

  7.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great military benefits, smaller military service

    Cons

    Alot of hard work sometimes hard to balance work and life

  8.  

    Excellent opportunity to serve your country while honing leadership and management skills.

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    Current Employee - Military Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Military Officer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great organization to work for. Takes excellent care of its people. Full benefits to include medical and dental. Retirement opportunities after only 20 years of service.

    Cons

    The biggest con would have to be the requirement to move from place to place every 2-4 years. It can be difficult for a family to feel a sense of community although it can be overcome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Organization to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Steady employment from four years to thirty years. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Enlisted have to retire after serving 30 years while officers can do up to 40 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing work environment and colleagues

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    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Clerk in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The Coast Guard "does more with less people." It's a small community and everyone works incredibly hard and supports one another. You get tons of experience quickly and have a great network of people around you. People are incredibly motivated and it's just the best work place.

    Cons

    With the federal government making budget cuts across the board, room for advancement has become more limited in recent years. I think things are starting to improve, but it's always a slow process with the federal government.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Review

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and opportunities for all

    Cons

    extended deployments and short staffing can keep you from home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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