US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
359 Reviews
4.1
359 Reviews
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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
199 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times (in 17 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays (in 14 reviews)

  • Time away from home (3 month in/ 3 month out patrol schedule on the ship I was stationed on) (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great service and great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard

    Pros

    The coast guard is the smallest military branch so you often run into the same people or at least someone who knows someone you know. We have great missions and a variety of career opportunities.

    Cons

    A bad mark can follow you around for a long time and if someone in your chain of command wants to, they can easily ruin your career.

  2.  

    Best government organization in the world

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

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work that helps people, communities, the world
    Job security
    Good pay
    Amazing benefits including 9/11 GI Bill
    30 days of leave per year

    Cons

    Long hours,
    Away from home/family
    Can be very dangerous depending on job/duties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fantastic organization but Micro management by email and mobile devices is getting out of control and resulting in a trust long lost of it's people. Bottom-line: Drives micromanagement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A fantastic way to serve your country, gain professional experience, and have daily and immediate job satisfaction.

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

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time

    Pros

    The compensation, benefits, and retirement program are all very competitive.

    Cons

    The opportunities for promotion and advancement are also very competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Adventure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    You get out what you put into the Coast Guard. Promotions are open to all based on ability. Move around a lot. Serve Amerivan public.

    Cons

    Move around a lot.
    Small organization alway competing for budget from HLS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, Adventure, Training and Leadership!

    Cons

    Military life can sometimes be tough on the family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding career: Serve others while paying the bills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer
    Current Employee - Volunteer

    I have been working at US Coast Guard as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top-notch training, guidance and a real sense of purpose. Great coworkers that share a similar desire to serve (for the most part.)

    Cons

    Red tape on getting things done from high up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Mechanical Shop Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work, many perks

    Cons

    Short handed due to slow hiring orocess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Made many friends and had life experiences that otherwise would have been impossible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reserve ET2 in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Reserve ET2 in Lake Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Get in shape, make really good friends, travel to places you normally couldn't. I lived in California for 10 months in my time in the Coast Guard. Coming from the midwest, I wouldn't have otherwise been able to go there.

    Cons

    The service is constantly changing policy, so depending on your job, you will constantly be adapting to the new rules. This could also be viewed as a pro if you like the idea of constantly doing things in a new way. Time away from family was the biggest drawback, missed weddings and holidays. Even then, it wasn't too bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in the lower ranks more. When there are too may managers, they start to change things just to justify their own job position. It causes friction at the unit.

    Merge the reserve retirement program with the active duty to give the incentive for people to transfer to SELRES to unblock the path for advancement. Have a specific training program for the reserves, because they come out of A school having no idea what their actual purpose is. Bring back tuition assistance.

    And create an ET to warrant officer direct commission engineer program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    DEAD END

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Training Specialist

    I have been working at US Coast Guard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security can be a great incentive, especially in these trying times. The jobs here can be very rewarding IF you are willing to stagnate for years and retire at the predetermined maximum of the position you hired in at.

    Cons

    Some jobs are dead-end in the civilian workforce, and its hard to receive recognition for major achievements. Each workplace set of rules are different when it comes to advancement. The stock answer to these issues is "You can't get there from here" and "no one knows". If you intend to further your career, a civilian job won't get you there unless you know someone (nepotism runs RAMPANT).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide ALL of your valued civilian workforce with a path to improve themselves and advance upward BASED ON MERIT, NOT THE GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A profound growth experience that allowed me to improve my leadership, technical skills, and respect for life & country

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

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

    Pros

    The Coast Guard, like all military services, builds leaders and dedication in individuals. It also provides excellent training that will help anyone become successful even after they decide to leave the military. Service to you country give individuals an extreme amount of pride and respect in their communities.

    Cons

    Military service does require some sacrifice but in the end those sacrifices are outweighed by the benefits military service affords its members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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